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MeterPlug Measures Home Energy Use

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New Bluetooth monitoring device tracks power usage and sends the stats to your smartphone

We can't predict the future, but this much is certain: energy costs will keep rising. So it's increasingly important that we find ways to bring those costs -- and home energy emissions -- down. Here is the slickest device we've seen for measuring electricity use from home appliances. Plugged between any appliance and an AC outlet, MeterPlug uses your handset's GPS to find local electricity rates,......read more

Wattson by DIY Kyoto

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Smart designer energy meter measures home electricity use. $159.25

DIY Kyoto's flagship product, the Wattson 01, is a sleekly-designed energy meter that measures your electricity use and projects energy expenses. Like most home energy meters, the Wattson consists of three devices: a magnetic clamp that attaches to your home energy meter, a battery-powered transmitter that attaches to the clamp via a short cable, and a display unit. The difference is in the......read more

Matunas Eco Surf Wax

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Surf smarter with the original organic surf wax. $1.50

Before all the major surf wax companies went "eco-friendly," there was Matunas. Matt Mattoon has been helping shredders surf smarter since 1998, when he began making organic, petroleum-free wax and selling it in recycled tuna cans. Now packaged in FSC-certified paper, Matunas Wax is 100% natural and sticks like a damn. The original eco surf wax is made using beeswax, jasmine, clay, and......read more

Energy-Saving GreenCam Automatically Shuts Off Your Monitor

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Brazilian company develops eco-smart app that saves energy during quick breaks at work

Most of us spend most of our days on computers, which require no small amount of electricity to run for hours. That being the case, you'd think we would be diligent about shutting off our monitors or putting our computers in sleep mode when we take a break. But we're all guilty of leaving them on from time to time. Enter GreenCam, a free PC app that automatically turns off the user's monitor......read more

Novothink Surge iPhone Charger

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Here comes the sun-powered smartphone charger. $69.95

Ah Novothink, you clever scoundrels. This is an ingenious product. The Surge allows you to power your iPhone 3G or 3Gs using nothing but the energy of the sun. Featuring lithium-ion battery cell technology, the Surge comes in multiple colors....read more

iGO Power Smart Tower

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Smart power for your plug-ins $69.99

This sleek, energy-saving tower with integrated iGo Green™ Technology automatically reduces wasted standby power by more than 85%. Plug in your computer and other devices to save power without the hassle of unplugging your devices. iGo Green™ Technology automatically powers down outlets when not in use and powers back up again when devices need power....read more

The Crib: An Eco-Smart Prefab by Broadhurst Architects

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An "enviresponsible" structure inspired by traditional American corn cribs

In the days of yore, elevated corn cribs were used on farms to store dry corn and protect it from rodents. Today, Maryland's Broadhurst Architects have adopted the classic American structure as design inspiration for The Crib, a contemporary prefab that can be used as a weekend retreat, a backyard office, or a guest house. The Crib makes intelligent use of sustainable and recyclable materials......read more

Garden House is a Sustainable Dog Dwelling

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Smartly designed, salvaged wood doghouse sports a green roof

The way we see it, there's no reason green design shouldn't extend to four-legged friends as well. Savannah, Georgia designer Kristin M. thinks so too. Her award-winning Garden House is an imaginative and sustainable interpretation of the doghouse. Made from wood she salvaged from dumpsters in her 'hood, the structure sports a green roof lined with shower curtain plastic. The rooftop planter......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-8-11

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Group calls for "bird smart" wind power, Senate thwarts anti-EPA bill, Toyota sells a million hybrids in the US, and more.

For the Birds: The American Bird Conservancy posted a video showing a vulture getting taken out by a wind turbine, part of a campaign calling for "bird smart" design of wind power projects. Hmmm. (via Dot Earth) Phew! In a 50-50 vote, the Senate rejected the GOP's attempt to permanently block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. Recycled Rug: The recycled ANY rug from the Piadao Group is......read more

GE WattStation by fuseproject

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Smart EV charger from Yves Behar could start lining city streets as soon as next year.

We've been following green design guru Yves Behar since SHFT's inception, and this GE WattStation may be his most paradigm-shifting creation yet. The man behind fuseproject collaborated with GE Ecomagination to design an EV charger for both public and private spaces, with the stated goal of helping "accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles." The......read more

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