How Nest Will Save You More Money By Teaming Up With Utility Suppliers

The smart thermostat from Nest just got a little smarter: by teaming up with utility providers, the device can now predict when power will be in high demand and price, and tweak your heating accordingly. » 4/23/13 5:29am 4/23/13 5:29am

What the Heck Did People Use to Stay Cool Before Air Conditioning…

Air conditioning is one of man's greatest inventions. I dare you to disagree with me. But what the hell did people use to stay cool before AC existed? Apparently, mountains of snow, windowless sun-side walls, good ol' suffering, and more. » 7/25/11 10:52am 7/25/11 10:52am

Greencore Semi-Solar-Powered Units Use Both the Sun and the Grid

AC manufacturer Greencore has come up with a long-awaited solution to the inherent problem » 8/16/08 1:00pm 8/16/08 1:00pm in solar-powered air conditioning units-solar panels are still not efficient enough to power the energy-gobbling machines on their own. The company's 10200 model uses a single 170-watt solar panel during the day and electricity…

Air-Conditioned Tie 2.0 From Thanko Knot Very Fabulous, Really

Those egg-heads from Thanko have spent the best part of a year banging their large, domed cerebelli together, tackling what is without doubt the biggest question that the human race faces this millennium: how to upgrade their air-conditioned tie. And this is what they came up with—hiding the fan grille behind the… » 6/20/08 8:40am 6/20/08 8:40am

Herman Miller C2 Climate Control for the Cubicle

This week, San Francisco is entering another one of those "heatwaves" as the newspaper calls them. That's 75 degrees, for those of you uninitiated to the reality of Bay Area micro climates. Which makes me think of this mini electric climate controller from the Herman Miller Be Collection. » 6/13/07 1:32pm 6/13/07 1:32pm

Air-Con in a Can Helps you Keep your Cool

Portable air conditioning used to mean something Marshall amp-sized (preferably on wheels) that you could fill with water, hoick from room to room, dangle the hose out of the window and plug in. Well, my friends, those days are gone, and instead you can lower the temperature with air-con in a can. For $5 you get a… » 5/02/07 7:20am 5/02/07 7:20am