Building Technology Update for March 7, 2010

March 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

I have found several pretty interesting items tonight that could bring your house or office closer to the green goal you are seeking!

This first item is really effective in areas like the southwest of the USA where cooling days outnumber heating days.  It’s a heat pump for your hot water.  The Air Tap takes waste heat and heat from the environment to heat the water in the tank for your use.  The story on Treehugger (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/03/airtap-heat-pump.php?campaign=th_rss_design) is pretty critical of the company’s marketing, a point which I agree with, however it is still a good choice for certain environments.

Our next item is one I have been waiting for since I started reading science fiction, glass you can darken on command. The difference here is the fine degree of computer control that this particular product has and that is the true efficiency benefit.  The story is available here on the company’s web site (http://www.sage-ec.com/).

The last item is the lowest tech of the bunch and my personal favorite.  It is a wind up socket, where the wind up allows for a certain amount of time before switching off.  No more did I remember to turn the TV off?  Even if you forgot the power will shut off after the amount of time you set passes.  It is only a concept piece at the moment but I hope it goes into production soon!  The rest of the story is here on EcoFriend (http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/wind-up-socket-is-one-easy-way-to-save-energy/).

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