Free Book: Sustainable Energy — Without The Hot Air

I’m very glad to see the publication of a book called Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air. Don’t be fooled by the cover — this is book is a lively look at sustainable energy. I liked the way reviewer Cory Doctorow describes the book on Boing Boing: “This is to energy and climate what Freakonomics is to economics: an …

A Closer Look At The [re]Drive

I noted the release of the [re]Drive last month — this hard drive is probably the most energy efficient external hard drive available. I was glad to be able to get a hold of one for testing. The first thing I noticed about this drive, was the packaging, which was minimalistic enough to bring a smile to my face. The …

Video: View From A Wind Turbine

In the town of Swaffham (love that name), England, they have one the few wind turbines in the world that features an observation tower. It’s open to the public, so Newconsumer.TV went inside to climb the turbine, and take a look. Last week, the EU committed Europe to producing 20 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020. For …

IKEA’s Affordable Houses: Now Under Construction

BoKlok (pronounced “book look”, Swedish for “smart living”) is Ikea’s biggest idea yet. Having seized the market for affordable home furnishings in the past decade, the Swedish retail giant is now planning to provide the homes themselves. They’ve already built some 3,500 BoKlok dwellings across Scandinavia, now they building homes in the UK. Each apartment, with two or three bedrooms, …

Bent Ply Chairs

Even retail stores sometimes offer efficient bent plywood furniture, like Hold Everything which sells this “Bent Ply” chair. You may need to go to their site and zoom in to get a good look at the wood grain. Available in four different stains for $88 (including shipping) from Hold Everything. This attractive “Kinetic Santa Catarina” chair (below) is available from …

HybridCars.Com

HybridCars.Com is a web site with a lot of up-to-date information on (you guessed it) hybrid cars, trucks and vans. The editor is Bradley Berman who has written a book entitled “An Insider’s Look at Hybrid Cars: How They Work and Why They Matter”. The web site has an overview of what vehicles are available now and which ones are …

Milk (Casein) Paint

This is the perfect paint for people who love the dappled, richly textured look of old plaster but find themselves surrounded instead by flat drywall. It is sold as a powder, made according to a recipe that’s been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians. As you need it, you mix it with water and ochres and oxides color …