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Improving The Energy Efficiency of Appliances With AI

It is amazing to see how the internet, computers and software are entering every aspect of our lives, automating and simplifying daily tasks like never before.

For more than 100 years, technology has been marching steadily into home appliances at every level, from information processing to electronics and production.

However, recently the use of on-board intelligent software capable of analyzing, scheduling and triggering tasks autonomously has been taking off in home electronics and appliances.

From automatic vacuum cleaners to robotic pool cleaners, coffee makers and bread makers, artificial intelligence (AI) is being applied to almost every household chore.

One of the greatest side-benefits of the AI appliance revolution is in energy efficiency.

Are you ready for the intelligent, energy-efficient home?

Here are examples of modern high-end home appliances that have recently been incorporating on-board AI software to produce energy efficiency advantages.

Robotic pool cleaners

Swimming pool owners no longer need to pay pool cleaner wages – or waste an hour a day sweeping pool steps.

The best robotic pool cleaners like the Dolphin Nautilus and Aquabot Elite are designed to effectively clean swimming pool floors, walls and cloves using sophisticated AI algorithms that reduce energy and spend less time cleaning.

dolphin nautilus robotic pool cleaner in action

Dolphin Nautilus robotic pool cleaner in action

The smart thing about the latest models is that cleaning is totally … Read More

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Fireplace

Energy-Efficient Alternatives to a Wood-Burning Fireplace

There is nothing better in winter and autumn in relation to heat, smell, and the crackle of a wood-burning fire in your home. It is an ancient, enviable and intimate family ritual for many.

The Problem With Burning Wood

Unfortunately, while wood-burning fireplaces are charming, they’re not all that great on the budget, your lungs or the environment! They can also be dangerous.

Conventional hearth chimneys waste about 90% of the heat a fire creates and siphons off some of the heated atmosphere of your house, as stated by the EPA. Not efficient.

Inhaling burning wood smoke is also as dangerous as smoking cigarettes; wood smoke is loaded with carcinogens like benzene.

Burning wood fuels global warming, too. Worse, the leftover soot is a heat-trapping pollutant.

Wood-burning hearths need a lot of maintenance, including a professional cleaning every other year along with regular ash clean-ups.

Three Energy-Efficient Alternatives

Electric Fireplace Insert

There are three popular alternatives to burning wood: gas fireplace inserts, alcohol fireplace inserts and electric fireplace inserts. All are great alternatives whether or not you are in possession of a working chimney and hearth.… Read More

Green Roofed Hobbit Home

Eco-Friendly Green Green Roofed Hobbit Home You Can Build in Three Days

Green homes are the pinnacle of modern living for many eco-friendly homeowners. Some are happy enough with green energy, water recycling and other green solutions within a modern home.

For others, the idea of the eco-friendly hobbit home is more appealing. This design comes from a company in the US called Green Magic Homes, although others are sure to follow suit. The appeal increased with the added promise that it is highly eco-friendly and will be up in just three days

An E in three days sounds too good to be true. Let’s break this idea down into those three components to understand the situation better.… Read More

Wind Energy

Wind Energy Advantages and Disadvantages

EDWIN With recent global campaigns against the use of fossil fuels, it is no surprise that countries are now investing in alternative renewable sources of energy. A global investment of $241.6 billion in 2016, 23% less than in 2015 brought 138.5 gigawatts of new renewable power capacity.

Up to 8% more power was generated when compared to 127.5 gigawatts in 2015. The significant rise in global electricity produced by renewable sources averts an estimated 1.7 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide discharges. This is according to a report released by the United Nations Environment.… Read More

Geothermal Energy

Tapping Into The Potential Of Geothermal Energy With Berkeley Lab

The key to green electricity production in America lies in the profitable, accessible generation of renewable energy.

For many, this means increased reliance on solar power, the most obvious, affordable and available option. However, there are various other types of green energy out there, which is the reason behind ignorance of geothermal resources.… Read More

Renewable Energy

Alternatives Of Storing Renewable Energy With Water

Each and every day the sun’s rays provide energy sufficient to satisfy the energy needs of the entire planet for approximately twenty-seven years.

This solar power is just one of the alternative renewable energy solutions available to the householder. Wind turbine power and geothermal power are the other kinds of alternative green energy that are also available.

This article will hopefully provide you with some information on the options mentioned above. The main reason you should take a look at alternative energy is the fact that supplies of the conventional fuels we use are rapidly in decline and will eventually be used up.… Read More

Wind Farm

America Gets Its First Offshore Wind Farm

Finally, it is here; the historical and incredibly groundbreaking Block Island Wind Farm, Americas first offshore wind farm has completed its testing phase and is ready for action.

Based in Rhode Island, the sole purpose of this offshore wind farm is the delivery of clean, reliable energy to the New England power grid on a continuous basis and the nation could not be more excited for this first of many offshore wind farms to be up and running.

Deepwater Wind, as well as their team of engineers and technicians, are the brains and brawn behind this amazing project. Thanks to their incredible innovation and ingenuity, the Block Island Wind Farm will be spinning its five massive turbines for years to come, alongside many other wind farms that will be built along the East Coast.… Read More

Solar Power

South Pacific Island Finally Runs On Solar Power

The tropical island of Ta’u has gone an extra mile by getting rid of diesel fuel as its primary source of energy for powering homes and business premises and made full use of the South Pacific scorching sun.

With more than 5000 solar panels and another 60 Tesla power packs in place, the small South Pacific Island in America Samoa now boasts of efficient electricity supply. Despite having made it through, the process was full of ups and downs.

Lying about 4000 miles away from the West Coast of the United States, this tiny island of Tau has relied on over 100, 000 gallons of diesel for survival.… Read More

Solar Roof

The Revolutionary SolarRoof And Powerwall 2 From Tesla And SolarCity

Eco-Friendly  SolarRoof And Powerwall 2

The need for sustainability and eco-friendliness has led to inevitable revolutions and developments in some industries. In the solar industry, for example, building integrated photovoltaic technology (BIPV) has seen a gradual but steady increase in attention.

Unlike traditional solar installations (also known as building applied photovoltaic technology, BAPV) BIPV aims at saving costs by incorporating photovoltaic modules into the building material rather than as an after-construction addition. … Read More

Tidal Power

Exploring The Tidal Power

Tidal Power Benefits

Today, everywhere around the world, more and more people are paying closer attention to the conservation and preservation of the environment. One of the effects of the increased environmental concern is that there is a greater demand for renewable and sustainable sources of energy.

Indeed, there is a great urgency to identify renewable and eco-friendly alternatives to fossil fuels (e.g. coal, petroleum and natural gas) which are slowly getting depleted. Experts have identified hydropower as one of the best alternatives to non-renewable sources of energy.… Read More

Energy Efficient Appliances

Energy Efficient Appliances And Their Benefits

Electrical appliances account for over 30% of the energy bills charges you receive on monthly or annually basis. Many home appliances manufacturers, as well as the government, have shifted their focus into saving energy. Thus, they have invested in producing energy efficient appliances.

These appliances include refrigerators, air conditioners, water heaters, lighters, dishwashers, clothes washing machines and dryers, and other electrical items used at home or workplaces. These items are used for purposes such as laundry, cooking, and making the home a comfortable place. Therefore, they are important in our homes.… Read More

Solar Decathlon

DOE Solar Decathlon Competition 2017

DOE Solar Decathlon 2017 Competition Announced By Department Of Energy

The DOE Solar Decathlon, which is an initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a competition that aims at encouraging the construction of houses that are energy efficient, cost-effective and at the same time, aesthetically pleasing.

The competition is driven by the need to convert to the use of renewable energy in homes as well as the need to produce the energy required for the home with great efficiency. The solar decathlon also has the goal of creating awareness about the cost benefits as well as the environmental benefits that accrue from using clean energy and clean designs in housing.… Read More

Renewable Energy

Why the Massachusetts Community Solar Industry is at Risk

Is Solar Industry At Risk?

Climate change and the need for eco-friendliness have triggered demand for sources of alternative sources of energy. One such source is the sun. Without a doubt, solar energy is becoming more popular among people.

Unfortunately, solar energy is facing one major challenge; the complexity associated with installing solar panels on the house’s roof. Many times, people do not even have the option of installing solar panels on their roofs simply because of three reasons; wrong direction, too old or too much tree shading.… Read More

solar powered pool cleaner Floatron

A New Way To Clean Your Pool Using Free Solar Power

If you have a home swimming pool or are thinking of getting one, solar powered swimming pool cleaners are an excellent option for making pool maintenance both cheaper and more efficient.

Your pool is probably positioned in the sunniest part of your yard so it would be silly not to harness the power of the sun for natural and efficient cleaning.

There are a wide range solar powered pool cleaning products on the market; from robotic pool sweepers to full pump and filtration systems.… Read More

gas stove cook top

Consider Going Green For Your Next Stove Purchase

The thought of saving money and energy are likely not the first thing you think about when you’re cooking some fantastic dish like “Boeuf Bourguignon“, a French beef stew, or paella. You could be saving money every single time you cook your favorite recipes if only you had an energy-saving range.

You may have done some comparison shopping for the most reasonable priced range at your local hardware or appliance store. However, looking at the prices in these places won’t tell you a lot as far as how much you will wind up paying in the long run.… Read More

International Builders Show

2016 International Builders Show The Winner And Finalists

The International Builders Show (IBS) went down on January 10th-12th 2016 in Orlando, FL and it attracted participants from all over the world. Innovation, good designs, builders/consumer friendly and functionality were the parameters used by the judges to determine winners in various categories.

The following is the list of the finalists and the winner of best green technology & green building products category.… Read More

clean water

How To Find the Correct Water Filter System?

In January 2016, the residents of Flint, Michigan, came to the damning realization that the tap water they were consuming had abnormal levels of lead as well as heightened levels of iron which subsequently made the water brown in color.

The effects of drinking this water were seen in some of their children who began experiencing abnormal rashes and even hair loss. What’s more, most residents were now experiencing lead-poisoning which has been known to have long term effects on overall health including reduced IQ levels.

The situation in Flint is a reflection of just how dangerous drinking tap water can be to one’s health and well-being.

After all, it is quite common to find tap water that has harmful levels of impurities like E.coli bacteria, radon, lead and chloroform among others.… Read More

soybean foan in eco friendly mattress

How To Buy An Organic Mattress For Your Home

When it comes to green living, not many people consider the kind of mattress they are sleeping on.

They will change most other things in the house to be more eco-friendly and forget the one place where they spend most of their time, the bed.

But there are environmental hazards and personal health dangers lurking in traditional mattresses. These dangers are also in some of the extremely popular home-delivery mattresses like the recently-famous Casper mattress, Saatva, and Tuft & Needle.

The primary culprit is that many mattresses today are made from synthetic foam or fibers. Even if they are made from wool or cotton, then they most likely are full of pesticides and other chemicals added during processing.

Some of these chemicals are potentially carcinogenic.

A good example of a dangerous artificial bedding material is the polyurethane foam used in most mattresses. Made from petroleum, polyurethane foam tends to release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are linked to a range of health problems.

Another common culprit is in the flame-retardants used by manufacturers. To keep mattresses safe from fire, most manufacturers use polybrominated diphenyl ether better known as PBDE. This chemical, banned in some countries, is associated with health problems such as brain damage, low sperm quality, cancer and thyroid levels.

Fortunately, a new breed of mattresses … Read More

agriculture drones take off

Drones Are Making Agriculture A Little Bit Greener

For several years now, advocates of the use of drones have cited precision agriculture—the management of crops that uses big data and GPS —as a method of boosting profits and crop yields while resolving food and water crises.

There are drones for sale today being used for agriculture in a wide variety of countries including Brazil, Canada, Australia and Japan.

drone flying over field

Ag drones save farmers money by preventing the unnecessarily overuse of resources such as herbicides, fertilizers and pesticides and at the same time reduce the amount of runoff that flows into the streams and rivers that are close to their farms.

Unfortunately, all the hype that has been surrounding the use of drones has not had a substantial effect on the agriculture business in United States, at least, until recently.

American agriculture is incredibly resource intensive, particularly dependent on petroleum products that are processed into nitrogen rich fertilizer. Water use is also incredibly intensive.… Read More