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The Rise of Programmable Thermostats: Nest, Honeywell and More

The Rise of Programmable Thermostats: Nest, Honeywell and More By. Dave Fidlin With each passing year, the ever-evolving use of smart-based technology is rising and changing how we conduct our lives. The growth of the programmable thermostat market in recent years has begun resonating with consumers as people consider energy-efficient, cost-conscious alternatives to the traditional methods we’ve long used. A number of consumer product companies have been manufacturing programmable thermostats, including such heavy-hitters as Honeywell and Nest. Unlike a traditional thermostat, which [...]

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Idle Your Car in the Winter: Fact of Fiction?

By. Ryan O’Connor Residing in New England for my entire life has taught me a lot about owning and maintaining a car through those cold (to put it mildly) winter months. Everything from “What to do when your car battery dies in a McDonald’s drive-thru?” to “What to do when your doors freeze shut while you’re away at college?” are questions I have been forced to confront, thanks to the cold weather. Their solutions ranged from asking the employee at [...]

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10 Tips to Extend Your Device’s Battery

Millions of us check email, surf the Web or read Facebook or Instagram posts throughout the day. We use a smartphone, tablet or e-reader almost every day. And all of us have found ourselves in the same situation—staring at our phone or tablet’s battery icon fluttering on the edge of black. Time to recharge – even when it’s not convenient. If this has happened to you at least once, read on. Below are 10 easy changes you can make to [...]

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Why Recycle Electronics?

Electronics contain valuable metals and components that can be used again in another manufacturing process. Cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, chromium, barium, beryllium and brominated flame-retardant materials are components that can pollute water and air resources without proper disposal or recycling.E-waste did not even exist as a waste stream in 1989 and now it’s one of the largest and growing exponentially. — Katharina Kummer Peiry, Executive Secretary, Basel ConventionExcerpts from Basel Convention November 2009 Press Advisory: “Hazardous waste is threatening human health [...]

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New School Year, New Technologies: Where do Your Old Devices and Batteries Belong?

Average college student owns up to seven devices; 75 percent of children under the age of eight have their own mobile device, all of which contain recyclable batteries. This back to school season, millions of students will head to the classroom carrying new mobile devices containing rechargeable batteries – all of which can be recycled. It is the perfect time of year to educate about proper recycling to protect the environment. Recent studies show that the average college student owns up [...]

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Why Is it Important to Recycle Computers?

Americans own nearly 3 billion electronic products, and all of them are on their way toward being obsolete and discarded. Recycling your e-waste can not only keep dangerous materials out of landfills, it can protect the health of children, minimize the damage of excess mining and save you costly fines. Recycling your computer, and all your obsolete electronic waste, makes good sense. Toxic Materials Computers contain toxic materials. Cadmium, which is used in computer batteries, can cause bone and kidney damage. [...]

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What makes a good eWaste Recycler?

The short answer to what to look for in an eWaste recycler is: e-Stewards or R2 certification. These are currently the only accredited certification standards for safely recycling and managing electronics. To achieve certification, recyclers must demonstrate to an accredited, independent third-party auditor that they meet the specific standards of the certifying body. To maintain certification, recyclers are subject to annual (and sometimes, surprise) audits of their practices. The R2 (for Responsible Recycling) standard came about after the EPA assembled a [...]

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E-Waste Art at its best!

Jason Mecier, just finished a new e-waste art portrait of the late tech god Steve Jobs from 20 pounds of “e-waste.” Look closely and you can see bits of cell phones, iPods, headphones, Macintosh keyboards, CD-Rs, batteries, mice, memory sticks, and other upcycled trash from Apple. It took Mecier 40 hours to put these pieces together. But as with everything Mecier creates, the real thrill is in watching junky elements combine to create a colorful portrait of an icon. He’s [...]

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