I met with one of the more interesting early-stage startups I’ve ran across this morning in East Austin. They’re nestled in a heavily wooded lot that’s a maker’s paradise. More to come on that, but here’s one of the more creative schematics: a sun oven mounted on a bicycle.
Sightline Daily has a good compilation on some of the current electric vehicle models. As Sightline mentions, it’s really a case of satisfying particular needs. The Chevy Volt and Prius jump out if you’re using the range metric, though I’d guess Toyota likely wins out with hard core greenies because of Chevy’s combustible engine backup. In urban markets, range anxiety isn’t as much of a factor — most drivers aren’t tailoring their tendencies around long commutes anyway. It’s also interesting to see charge times decreasing so rapidly. There seems to be major advancements happening every few quarters now, with A123’s being the latest.
We’re researching a dishwasher and Energy Star is the place we start, and really for any appliance or electronics purchase. In the case of dishwashers, it lays out energy usage and water loads very simply.
If you’re a brand considering exiting the program, you don’t exist to us. And there’s data from the EPA that shows you’re doing all of us a favor,
“The Energy Star program, which began in 1992, has prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon pollution and saved consumers about $230 billion over the past 20 years, according to the EPA.”
I can understand the concern when it comes to certain third-party audits and certifications, but to threaten an exit is just silly.
Energy Star May Lose Electronics Makers After Rules Change – Bloomberg.
We’ve been exploring options for toilets for a while. We’ll probably do a composting toilet for our backyard space, but incorporating a design like this could also work in an outhouse-ish design.