Lighting Appliances & Electrical

 
Lithium-ion solar home battery
How to choose and properly size a solar home battery system. About the author: Greg Dorsey is a Maine certified solar installer with Goggin Energy of Portland, Maine, read his bio...
Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Not only are they more durable, they are also pliable, lightweight and easily transportable. Standard solar panels are rigid, relatively heavy and fragile. A new product on the market called Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics (MEPV) from mPower Technology may change...
LED filament bulbs
A great vintage look, reminiscent of Thomas Edison's handmade bulbs but with LED longevity and low energy consumption. At the beginning of the 20th century, light bulbs were handmade, with incandescent filaments painstakingly being placed in tiny glass globes. Manufacturing is a...
Off-grid leed home
How to keep power consumption at a minimum in an off-grid house without affecting quality of life. This is the third post in a blog series called Sunshine Saved written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED...
Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs
LED light bulbs now come dimmable and with warm colours. Check out our video on choosing bulbs and DIY installation tips. . DIY video about choosing the best LED bulbs and DIY lighting fixture installation...
60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours
Would you exercise for an hour every day if the workout powered your home for twenty-four hours? . The article below was written by Amanda Froelich and was originally published on Trueactivist. The only thing we might add is a caveat regarding consumption rates in North...
Drumi the foot pedalled washing machine that makes laundry off-grid oh so easy
Powered by foot, this compact and easy to maneuver machine is an excellent alternative to a normal home washing machine or trip to the dreaded laundromat. . A typical washing machine can use up to 87 litres of water per load, not to mention its ability to eat up electricity. An...
Windmill
Solar power good, power plants bad. If only it were that simple. There are many variables to consider when investigating ways to produce your own power. . How the electrical grid is fed near you will be a huge factor in determining the carbon footprint of your home, with or without...
Electricity is clean at its destination but can be very dirty at its source. Not all of us have the means to install solar panels or wind turbines, but with the help of Bullfrog Power you can live a greener lifestyle hassle-free. . Bullfrog’s green electricity comes exclusively from...
Gas powered tankless water heaters
Choosing a water heater - tank or tankless? . Tankless water heaters or instantaneous water heaters are domestic hot water systems that do not include the storage tank that comes with traditional water heaters. This type of water heating system can be advantageous in some...
High efficiency appliances
Most home electronics and appliances use energy even while in standby mode, and it is estimated that more than half the overall power consumed can happen when they aren't even in use. Even when sitting idle, almost all TVs, computers and stereos etc., will still be using power. So any...
These guide pages are intended to help you find the most efficient and affordable options for pretty much anything that runs on power, and the best ways to generate power yourself. . There are a lot of options to consider when shopping for appliances, designing home lighting, and...
Mixed interior room lighting
Home lighting impacts safety, function, energy consumption and quality of life. Different lights offer not only different levels of efficiency, but a variety of colours as well, and can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder(S.A.D.). The first thought of home lighting design should be...