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Casabella’s Stair-Climbing Concept Vacuum Cleaner is Powered by Trash

Casabella’s Stair-Climbing Concept Vacuum Cleaner is Powered by Trash | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Casabella just unveiled a new vacuum cleaner concept dubbed the Limbo that is designed to be powered by the trash it consumes! The stair-climbing vacuum cleaner uses a process called microbial electrolysis to generate power from the bacteria it picks up – so it could theoretically work constantly without the need for a charging station.

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Diagramming the appliances that use the most energy

Diagramming the appliances that use the most energy | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Where does my electricity bill go?

The data included in our infographic is an average of our most recently tested appliances.

Our expert testers also identify the most efficient models on the market, which can save you significantly on running costs even against the average power consumption.


Electricity usage derived from product testing between 2011 and 2012. The infographic shows the hot water heater using the lion's share of the power. However this is based on electric hot water heaters using an off-peak rate. If you have solar, heat pump or high-efficiency gas, then your water heating costs are likely to be much lower.

As a general rule, the older your appliances are, the more likely they are to use more energy. For example in late-2009 over 50% of new TVs had an energy rating of less than 4 stars. By mid-2011 this number had dropped to less than 10%...


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GE Launches GeoSpring™ – Its Most Energy-Efficient, Hybrid Electric Water Heater

GE Launches GeoSpring™ – Its Most Energy-Efficient, Hybrid Electric Water Heater | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

A standard electric water heater can cost an average homeowner $520 every year to operate. The GeoSpring costs an average of $195 to operate annually, uses 62 percent less electricity than a standard electric water heater and will pay for itself in less than 2.5 years.*

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13 tips for an energy efficient home (in warm climates)

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Do Energy-Efficient Appliances Really Save You Money? | Zillow Blog

Do Energy-Efficient Appliances Really Save You Money? | Zillow Blog | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

You’ve purchased a new energy-efficient washing machine and refrigerator. So, will your utility bill reflect a huge savings?The easy answer is: It depends. It depends on the size and age of the appliance you’re replacing, as well as your definition of “huge” savings.

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Electrolux Bio Robot Refrigerator by Yuriy Dmitriev » Yanko Design

Electrolux Bio Robot Refrigerator by Yuriy Dmitriev » Yanko Design | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

A non-sticky gel surrounds the food item when shoved into the biopolymer gel, creating separate pods. The design features no doors or drawers, and the food items are individually cooled at their optimal temperature thanks to the robot. And since it can take any orientation (hung vertically, horizontally, and even on the ceiling), and can be modified in size, you can fit it in any apartment.

 


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Hans De Keulenaer's comment, February 8, 2012 8:10 PM
More gadget than practical. Not really for families, but great for storing drinks in a bachelor's appartment.
Hans De Keulenaer's comment, February 8, 2012 8:19 PM
Great out-of-the-box thinking. I can not see it really working for a family where a million things are taken out of the fridge for breakfast, and which needs to store fresh items (who wants non-packages foods in contact with gel). But it could work for example in a bachelor's or student's appartment for storing drinks.
Roberto Bogge's comment, February 9, 2012 6:47 AM
I agree with you. It's just a curiosity. A new concept with a lot of possible application, but it's should be re-thought for the daily use on a larger scale. Otherwise it will remain an object of pure design without a real application. Surely also the price will limit the possibility of being traded on large market sectors.