Create Your Own In-Home Spa or Wetroom

Have you ever wanted to have your own in home spa or “wetroom” in your house? While, the bathroom of course can probably be considered as close as you may be able to get, the minimal space of the bathtub or the shower is not probably not your dream in-home sauna or wetroom. So, get ready to transform your bathroom with these tips into a calming area where you can retreat to melt away the cares of the day and reclaim a little “me” time. First off, take note of any empty or poorly utilized space in your house. If your bathroom is pretty wide enough, designate half of it for the spa/wetroom. Don’t be afraid to get creative though, you can use old storage rooms for a completely private space with a little creativity and plumbing. Install slate floors and repaint the...

First Fuel | Automatic Energy Audit for Efficient Energy

FirstFuel announced that it will receive $2.4 million from venture capital companies Nth Power and Battery Ventures. This will enable the commercialization of a software system that will effectively measure the energy efficiency of a commercial building. Now, there will be reliable application software that will evaluate and tell how to make a commercial building more energy efficient. The software will analyze energy consumption as well as weather data to create energy efficiency recommendations without the need to install equipment or even perform an energy audit. It does not even require a person to do the energy audit or even install meters to generate the data. The company will simply gather data on hourly energy consumption and combine it with weather data...

Solar Decathlon For Students in D.C.

Students in Washington D.C. now have the chance to showcase their own design talents though building and planning of future “Energy” homes. Different teams from all over the world are building solar homes on the National Mall in Washington D.C. The Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Competition challenges teams from different colleges to design, build and operate solar-powered houses. The catch? These houses must also be attractive as well as cost and energy efficient. The winner of the Solar Decathlon should have a home that is affordable, attractive, appealing to the consumer, easy to live in, include optimal energy production and have enough supply of energy for everyday household tasks like cleaning, cooking and entertaining. Moreover, it must have...

New Jelly-filled Batteries For Everyday Use

A new technology in batteries will surely give you an inexpensive, safe and effective alternative to your usual lithium ion battery. The Gel Electrolyte from Leeds University in the United Kingdom is a jelly-like goo that replaces your ordinary lithium ion battery but guarantees a powerful solution to power mobile phones and even electric cars. The gel electrolyte is now ready to be marketed tphones public, however Leeds University is still searching for commercial partners to make use of the jelly filled batteries for the next generation of portable batteries. The gel electrolytes have been permeated in many laboratories around the globe for many years and there are several research centers, including NASA, which are negotiating to license out the technology....

White House Unveils New Initiative for Digital Education

The White House has announced a new initiative for Americans to make use of new technologies in improving education as well as to recognize different digital resources for classroom use. This new digital resource is called the Digital Promise. Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, said that technology will enable education to become more personalized so student can easily connect with their lessons even outside the classroom. Duncan also noted the importance of enhancing digital education so the United States can successfully compete globally, develop a more competitive workforce and encourage growth in the economy. Examples of digital resources that revolutionized other countries are in South Korea’s textbook replacement with digital resources by 2015 and...