In today's awesomely brutal-sounding material science news, Stanford engineers have created a building material that exploits that "cold darkness of the universe" to cool itself — even when the sun is shining. Stanford calls it a "cosmic fridge", and it could replace air conditioning.
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A heater that follows you around might sound like something out of The Jetsons, but it's very much a reality for an MIT research group that wants to revolutionise the way we heat our buildings. They have invented a system called Local Warming, which tracks your location using Wi-Fi and only heats your immediate vicinity.
We all know someone who can never seem to get comfy, no matter the temperature. They're always pulling off sweaters because they're too hot, or cranking up the heat because they're too cold. But soon, salvation for these folks could come in the form of a special wristband that uses a copper heatsink to fool your body into thinking it's just been warmed or cooled — when in reality the ambient temperature hasn't changed.
Winter has just ticked over to spring, but that doesn't mean it's suddenly warm outside: the heater, electric blanket or fire might still be on. Even if you're not trying to stay warm, you can still waste energy: you don't have to be a glutton to waste energy — many homeowners with good intentions still end up blowing money this time of year. Here's a look at a 16 common mistakes folks make — and some quick fixes and long-term solutions to keeping a home's systems running as efficiently and inexpensively as possible.
Who cares that wood stoves are environmentally unfriendly and are heavily regulated in some areas? This one hangs on the wall, people!