A New Material Uses the Cold Darkness of Outer Space To Cool Your House

In today's awesomely brutal-sounding material science news, Stanford engineers have created a building material that exploits that "cold darkness of the Universe" to cool itself—even when the sun is shining. Stanford calls it a "cosmic fridge," and it could replace air conditioning. »11/03/14 11:48am11/03/14 11:48am


This Heater Knows Where You Are and Only Warms the Space You're Using

A heater that follows you around might sound like something out of The Jetsons, but it's very much a reality for an MIT research group that wants to revolutionize the way we heat our buildings. They've invented a system called Local Warming, which tracks your location using Wi-Fi and only heats your immediate vicinity. »6/11/14 11:20am6/11/14 11:20am

This Thermal Wristband Tricks You Into Never Being Too Warm or Cold

We all know someone who can never seem to get comfy, no matter the temperature. They're always pulling off sweaters because they're too hot, or cranking up the heat because they're too cold. But soon, salvation for these folks could come in the form of a special wristband that uses a copper heatsink to fool your body… »10/18/13 5:20pm10/18/13 5:20pm

17 Ways You’re Wasting Money on Winter Heating and Lighting

Homeowners in northern states have already had to turn on their furnaces and boilers this fall. And a lot of them are already paying too much to make the house warm and keep the lights on. The thing is, you don't have to be a glutton to waste energy—many homeowners with good intentions still end up blowing money this… »11/12/12 3:20pm11/12/12 3:20pm

Nest 2.0: The Smart Thermostat Is Thinner, Works With More Home Heating Systems Than Before

Nest was not the first smart thermostat to reach the hands of consumers. But it was the first that made our parents (and maybe even some of our grandparents) raise an eyebrow. Its cylindrical form and simple GUI are nothing, if not inviting to use, and its ability to learn from your usage habits not only offers… »10/02/12 10:09am10/02/12 10:09am

The Five Biggest Myths About Saving Energy in the Summer

This summer has already set temperature records around the nation, and we're still in the dog days of August. With money tight, and temperatures high, there's a temptation to test out unconventional ways to beat the the heat. But these odd home remedies can end up wasting energy and costing more money. Here's how to… »8/13/12 2:20pm8/13/12 2:20pm