This isn’t the “Home Energy Efficiency Improvement Blog”, but maybe it should be. Still battling my new home’s unsightly energy guzzling, I am looking for any and all solutions to cut my utility bill. CNN Money.com just posted a series of improvements homeowners can make to “Cut your energy bills in half”. However, each of these fixes requires a trip to the hardware store at a minimum, and some require professional installation.
Here is a trick the amateur do-it-yourselfer can accomplish right now with a step-ladder and a screwdriver: turn your vents away from exterior windows.
Instead of blowing conditioned air right at the surfaces least insulated from the outside (the windows), vents should be turned facing into the room. This configuration enables heated or cooled air to have the greatest comfort impact while minimizing leakage and conduction to the outside.
Since I’m not CNN, I can’t estimate how much money and energy this simple fix will save, but its costs nothing and can be completed in about 10 minutes.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
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