Thermostat technology lets you set a limit to how much you spend on energy


We've featured a host of smart thermostats here on TreeHugger including the NestHoneywell's latest offering and the EcoBee. All of these have features that help us curb our energy use and save money by automatically changing the temperature to our preferred settings at certain times of the day. The Nest, for example, learns your habits after a few days and automatically goes into a power-saving mode during the times you're out of the house. (more…)

Silent rooftop wind turbines could generate half of a household’s energy needs

nautilus-shaped silent rooftop wind turbine

Small wind turbines scaled to the right size for residential and urban areas have so far lived in the shadows of their larger wind-farm-sized counterparts. The power output has been too low for a reasonable return on investment through energy savings and the noise they produce is louder than most homeowners can deal with. (more…)

Online DIY community for kids teaches offline skills community

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Some of the best kinds of learning happens independently, outside of schools and formal classes, when kids just set out to make something on their own, either from scratch or by emulating what someone else has done. Many times, the skills that kids learn from watching others, or by doing it all themselves, are not the ones taught in school anyway, especially when it comes to learning about ways to live more sustainably, which could be some of the most important lessons for the future of humankind. (more…)

This robotic lawnmower fuels itself with the grass it cuts, then harvests excess biomass for later use

EcoMow robotic lawnmower

Aside from being loud, dirty, and stinky, and requiring you to remember to keep the gas can full, pushing a lawnmower isn't a very desirable activity (unless you're charging the neighbors to cut their grass), but one which is necessary if you live in a neighborhood that prides itself on its neat and tidy lawns. (more…)