Off The Grid Homes

In Off the Grid Homes, architect Lori Ryker, examines a number of modern homes that are “off grid” — meaning they are self-sustaining in regards to electrical power and water use. Looking at each home, she highlights the techniques that were used to generate power and conserve it.

Flexible Solar Cells: SolarRolls by Bruton

Brunton makes a range of flexible solar cells they call SolarRolls. These weather-proof solar cells can be rolled up quite tightly, and attached to a backpack. Seen here is a 14W model — it produces DC power even during low light conditions. SolarRolls come with a range of plugs, including a standard car lighter socket. They can also be attached …

The Best LED Floor Lamps

Even in these modern times, LED floor lamps are tricky to find. We, however, found one by Adesso, the Eternity Floor Lamp, which incorporates 20 white LEDs. So what can you expect from an LED floor lamp? Well, white LEDs will emit a concentrated, bluish-white light. So these lamps are great for accent lighting. As far as energy goes, these …

Spin Dryer From Laundry Alternative

A spin dryer is an appliance that can readily improve the energy efficiency in your laundry. A portable spin dryer like this one from Amazon, uses centrifugal force to dry clothes. The dryer was out of stock for a while, but it is now available again. Spin drying is much more efficient than electric tumble drying, in terms of energy …