Archive for the ‘Living’ Category

Silicon-based LED Bulbs

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

If you are concerned with light efficiency at all, you know that LED bulbs are the future of lighting.  They are more efficient than both incandescents and CFL’s.  ESL bulbs are currently giving them a run for their money due to the high initial cost of LED’s, but Bridgelux thinks the new silicon- based LED bulbs they are working on will change that. read more »

Recharge Alkaline Batteries

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

You heard that right.  Alkaline batteries can be recharged.  A battery is nothing more than 2 or more electrically active metals with an electrolyte in between them.  The electrolyte both separates the metals and allows electrons to go between the metals.  When a battery discharges, a chemical reaction takes place within that little AA battery to produce the current.   read more »

Making Electronics More Efficient

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Have you ever wondered why laptops need the “charging brick”?  Laptops have had these for as long as I can remember.  In laptops, high-voltage AC power is converted to low-voltage DC power.  Apple helped to make them a little less unsightly by making them a bit smaller.  However they are still cumbersome at best.  Fret no more.  A Google Ventures backed company called Transphorm has created a technology that will eliminate the charging brick. read more »

Recycle Tires And Make Sinks

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The Santa Monica, California-based design firm Minarc has come up with an ingenious way to reuse old tires and make them into bathroom sinks.  The rubber on tires are one of the most wasted materials on earth. In the United States, about 300 million tires are discarded every year. read more »

Solar Powered Toothbrush…No Toothpaste Needed

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Now that we don’t need soap for our dishes and we also don’t need to replace our razors nearly as often, a similar technology has come to toothbrushes.  Actually, the technology has been around for about 15 years.

Dr. Kunio Komiyama and his colleague Dr. Gerry Uswak are testing 120 Canadian teenagers willing to brush with the solar powered toothbrush and go to the dentist more frequently to document the effectiveness of the toothbrush.

Fifteen years ago, the first model introduced a titanium dioxide rod embedded in the neck of the brush just below the nylon bristles.  Light activates a wet rod thereby releasing electrons which react with acid in your mouth.  This helps to break down plaque without the use of toothpaste. read more »

Diamond Tipped Razor Blade Lasts Years

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

One of the things that I most hate to buy at the store is replacement blades for my razor.  They are entirely too expensive and are getting more and more ridiculous as more and more blades are added to a single razor head. read more »

Second Glass Reusing Broken Windshields

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Creative ways to recycle scrap is a favorite here at TheModernGreen.  Case in point, there are so many auto accidents in the United States, and many wonderful ways to recycle the scrap metal.  However, not much has been done about the broken windshields.  Now a company called Second Glass is recycling the windshields from junk cars to make practical room partitions, walls, or lighting.

Second Glass is a great example of the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy, and are part of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™.

Not much is known about the process of how they they recycle the windshields.  However, it is a patent pending process that, according to their website, “While simple in concept it is a complex formula of art and science. We can add color to coordinate with other design elements.”

via secondglass

Smart Windows Save Energy

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

A number of years ago, I installed a solar film that would reflect sunlight, and keep the interior of the house cool.  It worked great and the house stayed much cooler during the summer, but when the winter came around it continued to reflect the sunlight that could have been used to heat the house.  Even though I lived in Texas (where it is only cold about 2-3 months out of the year), it would still help to keep the house warmer in the winter. read more »

Shower Heats Water Without Electricity

Friday, May 21st, 2010

One of the biggest consumers of electricity in a household is the hot water heater.  Old units can continuously heat water in a tank for use.  More efficient ways to heat water would be a tank-less solution that produces on demand hot water.  Even more efficient is the solar hot water heater.  The latter combined with insulated piping provides an efficient way to get hot water.  However, what if water could be heated without water heaters or solar power.  What if water could be made hot, on demand simply by turning the water on?

The Piezo Shower does exactly that.  It captures the kinetic energy of the water running through the lattice of piping to create hot water.  The idea is similar to clothing that creates energy to charge small electronic devices.  As the water runs through the pipes, the water moves piezo electric fibers that create electricity by movement and read more »

New Lithium Batteries Good for 10,000 Charges

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Battery technology has lagged behind in terms of advancement.  There are two main hindrances with batteries…storage capacity and wear.  We have found some interesting alternatives to batteries, but the old double a  is going to be hard to replace in form, and until there are some real breakthroughs we might have to hold on to our dreams of phones and laptops with super fast processors.  However, before you wake up, a company has come through with an innovation in the wear category. read more »