2010 Review Of Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters have been used in Europe and Asia for 50 years, and they are gaining popularity in the US. Right now they represent about 8% of new sales in the US. Tankless heaters, also called on-demand, flash or instant water heaters, qualify for a $300 federal tax credit. How efficient are tankless water heaters?

All Buses Rides Are Free In Hasselt

The Tyee reports: Ten years ago the people of Hasselt, Belgium embarked upon a bold experiment: no more charging for bus rides. Ever since, they’ve been proving the idea can work wonderfully. This city of 70,000 residents, with 300,000 commuters from the surrounding area, has made traveling by bus easy, affordable, and efficient. Now, people in Hasselt often speak of …

China’s Solar-Powered City: Rizhao

Rizhao City, which means City of Sunshine in Chinese, has a unique dedication to the sun. In Rizhao, 99% of households in the central districts use solar water heaters, and most traffic signals, street and park lights are powered by photovoltaic solar cells. In the suburbs and villages, more than 30% of households use solar water heaters, and over 6,000 …

Innovative Solar Dyes: Inexpensive Liquid Solar Power

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Researchers from the Nanomaterials Research Centre at Massey University in New Zealand have developed synthetic dyes that can be used to generate electricity at one tenth of the cost of current silicon-based solar panels. These photosynthesis-like compounds work in low-light conditions and can be cheaply incorporated into window-panes and building materials, thereby turning them into generators of electricity. Dr Wayne …

Airstream Basecamp by Nissan

Airstream partnered with Nissan Design America and tent-maker Kelty to produce a new lightweight multi-purpose hybrid called the Airstream Basecamp tent-trailer. Designed both with low cost and flexibility in mind, the Basecamp is meant for outdoor adventures rather than just another living room on wheels. Camper comes with tent extension to double the available living space and can be towed …

Reviews of Online DVD Rental Companies

What are the best online DVD rental services? Most people know Netflix, Blockbuster and Walmart are the major players in online DVD rentals. Netflix, which started it all, still gets the best reviews in terms of service, speed and movie selection (see this review for example). However, there are some other interesting DVD rental companies out there. GreenCine, based in …

Efficient: Wool Carpets by Nature’s Carpet

Wool carpeting is excellent: it’s durable, stain resistant, and completely biodegradable. It has a high initial cost, but the quality of the material justifies the investment. Nature’s Carpet offers all wool carpets. They only buy wool clipped from sheep raised where no herbicides or pesticides are used. The fiber is tested regularly for purity. The wool is washed, spun and …

Whole House Energy Monitor

This handy device monitors the amount of electricity a house is using and displays the information in real-time through its LED display. You can see, for example, the kilo-watt hours being used, or the calculated cost per day. It also projects the next electric bill, based upon local rates. The monitor itself sells for $200, which could actually buy you …

Liquefied Petroleum Gas Convection Heater

Notes from Manufacturer: Very powerful & cost effective propane convection heater by Dayton Propane Heating – 200,000 BTU. This Powerful high output propane convection heater is perfect for workshops/sheds, outdoors, or construction heating. Variable burning rate – Dimensions: 30/15/16 Uses two 100 pound propane cylinders (not included). Specifications: Net Weight: 16 lbs. Dimensions: 30″ x 15″ x 16″ 200,000 BTU …