Home Energy Efficiency (1993 vs 2009): Homes Are More Efficient, Gadgets/Electronics More Prevalent.

Home Energy Consumption chart from the EIAI think this home energy consumption chart shows what we call a hug-punch or a tickle-slap – homes are more efficient through weatherization [the hug] but we’re eating up those savings with our appliances, gadgets and electronics [the punch]. According to an article on Greentech, homes built between 2000-2009 were 30% larger than previous years and yet home energy consumption has stayed pretty much flat. We must be buying a shitload of appliances, gadgets and electronics because Energy Star can’t save us.

Even as we move towards efficient home appliances, we seem to be over complicating it. We posted a story about WiFi controlled LED lighting system that allowed homeowners to remotely control their lights via a remote, iDevice app and required a separate router. It’s the hardware stupid! Since most of us have mastered the on/off switch – use it and skip the energy consuming gadgets in order to truly save electricity. [Greentech Media]

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The GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution: DIY LED Lighting You Can Control With Your Mobile Phone. Necessary?

GreenWave Reality LED Lighting SolutionWireless smart bulbs or are they Wi-Fi lights? The GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution, from GreenWave and NXP Semiconductor, includes a router, remote and 4-35 watt equivalent LED light bulbs. It’s a simple DIY lighting solution that allows users to remotely control their WiFi’d LED light bulbs. Here’s how you install the system:

    1. Screw in the GreenWave LED smart light bulb.
    2. Plugin the router.
    3. Setup each LED through an iOS or Android app.

There’s a lot of positive buzz about the GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution and how great it is to be able to remotely control your homes’ lighting and I don’t get it. GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution Yes, migrating your lighting to more energy efficient LEDs is good and the tech behind this product is amazing but I still don’t get why we need the router and remote/app to control our lights. Haven’t we all figured out the light switch?

Products like this turn lighting and home efficiency into an unnecessary gadget and my guess is that with the Greenwave Reality solution installed, spooking your spouse/kids at home by remotely controlling the lights will get more play than genuine concern about leaving the lights on.

So here is our suggestion: use the $200 you might have spent on the GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution to buy and install 10 – 12 equivalent LED light bulbs. You’ve mastered the light switch and you deserve to save more electricity. [GigaOM, Gizmodo, Greentech Media, Inhabitat….]

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Personal Energy Orb (PEO) Motivates Computer User To Ride Their Bike… Or Get Angry At Their Mouse.

The Personal Energy Orb (PEO) wants you to get off your computer and ride your bike. If you don’t, your computer mouse will move around the screen sluggishly until you recharge it with a bike ride.

Good intent but probably not a viable idea. With a deadline to meet and your mouse not keeping up, the color-changing globe has “unplug me and throw me against the wall” written all over it. And the over-sized glowing globe itself, when magnetically attached to your bike for recharging, announces that you should be mugged and/or beaten.

Stamina InStride Cycle Pedal ExerciserNow if the creators figured out a way to recharge the PEO in the home or office by connecting it to something like the Stamina Pedal Exerciser, they could have something. They’ll still encourage exercise which stays in line with their product’s goal.

A commenter on PEO’s Vimeo page points out that “PEO” is the Spanish word for fart but please don’t change it. That alone could quadruple sales in Spain and Mexico. [Treehugger]

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Henry Hargreave’s Deep-Fried Gadgets Almost Made Me Un-Appreciate Art Again.

Deep Fried Foamcore Apple iPad - Henry Hargreaves

“I see a connection between tech and fastfood culture, both are fetishized, quickly consumed then discarded.”
– Henry Hargreaves, Wired article
“Artist’s Deep-Fried Gadgets Blend Unhealthy Appetites”


I was so close to becoming an art connoisseur thanks to back-of-truck grime art and the invisible art exhibit. Then Henry Hargreaves went ahead and made an artistic statement about consumption by deep-frying some gadgets and I felt kicked in the arts again.

But wait, due to a lack of funding, Mr. Hargreaves didn’t deep-fry the actual electronics and built his soon-to-be-fried gadgets out of foamcore. So I guess the key to Jubbling art must be limited funding. Thank you Mr. Hargreaves – artful message received. Best of all, you didn’t have to make your point and provoke us to think about consumption via hypocritical art. [Wired]


Deep Fried Foamcore Apple MacBook Air and iPhone - Henry Hargreaves

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