Lighting Appliances & Electrical

 
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...
Electric vehicle charging station
Badly needed infrastructure for charging electric vehicles coming from the provinces, along with financial incentives for purchase. There is no question that the best way to lower emissions as we scurry about a city is to travel by foot, bike or public transportation, yet it’s...
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...
Reducing the need for air conditioning
Some techniques that will help you reduce your A/C needs, and certainly help you stay cool in the absence of having one. . While it's true that no matter where you live, be it urban, suburban or rural, the hottest days and nights of summer may have you dreaming of coolers climates...
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...
The benefits of a bicycle desk are plenty: from generating your own energy, to optimizing your health, to reclaiming that time you might have spent at the gym on the way home. There's just no way to lose with a bicycle desk. . This desk hack is just too brilliant not to feature. A...
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...