WattDoesItUse Redesign

I’ve been running WattDoesItUse since 2015 and it has been awesome to see the growth of the site. I’m routinely contacted by users of the site where they talk about how much it has helped them find power consumption for their devices. I’m working to take WattDoesItUse to the next level by redesigning it and adding new functionality. Through this redesign, there will be some lost features. They won’t be gone forever, but I want to hear from users that they are valuable and worth being added back in.

Here are the updates that you’ll see on the new site:

  • Improved and simplified search experience – This will make it easier to find products on the site
  • Consolidated categories – I flattened some of the navigation to make it easier to navigate
  • Administrative updates – I’ve added new functionality to make it easier for me to add more products and to reply to your requests
  • Updated UI – Clean implementation which should make it even easier to look at on different devices
  • New blog – I’m now running the blog on wordpress.com to simplify management of it. It will also make it easier for me to add more posts in the future.
  • Removal of User Accounts – I wanted to call this out specifically as I know a lot of your have user accounts. I’m going to be working on an app for iPhone and maybe Android, that will give you access to the calculator that is currently in the user account. I also plan to add more functionality that will make it easier to find and request power consumption for products.

 

I plan to shutdown the old site on June 15, 2018. All of the products will be migrated over and I plan to add more products on the new site, so no information will be lost. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks,

Corey

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CLEARink – an energy efficient alternative to E Ink

MakeUseOF did an excellent write up of CLEARink, which is a replacement for E Ink. E Ink is used in devices like the Kindle which allows for low consumption delivery of electronic materials which can also be seen in direct sunlight. With CLEARink, it takes E Ink to the next level by not only adding color to it, but also lower power consumption when just rendering black and white. I’m excited to see the evolution of CLEARink and its adoption in the marketplace.

Read MakeUseOf’s excellent write up.

How to Be Green While Traveling

Everyone loves a great vacation. Time to relax and unwind and escape for a while. Or maybe you’re traveling on business and are going to be away for a couple of days. Sometimes this can be a very stressful situation. But in the midst of all that paradise and stress filled minds, we sometimes may forget our responsibilities to conserve as much energy as possible. Well get ready, because we are about to dive into ten great ways to save the maximum amount of energy while you’re away. Continue reading “How to Be Green While Traveling”

Happy Earth Day!

Well, the day is finally here. Earth Day has kicked off and we hope you taking steps to participate! If you’re a bit lost and don’t know exactly what you can do you can check out our Maximize Your Earth Day article. It’ll get you started and motivate you to implement some of these things into your day so you can get the most out of April 22!

As mentioned in Maximize your Earth Day, this could also be your chance to start implementing these steps into your everyday life. Only you can make the decision to start making a change that’ll beautifully impact your life and the future generation’s experience on our planet. Tell someone! Spread the word! Earth Day has expanded a lot over the last 50 years but everyone needs to participate to fully optimize this idea and strengthen the movement.

What are you doing to maximize your day today? Jump down to the comments and let us know what you’ve came up with to get the most out of today!

How You Can Maximize Earth Day

Its been almost 50 years now since John McConnell spoke at the UNESCO Conference in San Francisco and first proposed the idea of Earth Day. It’s been through many stages since then and has immensely expanded. But now we are in a present where the Earth is arguably at it’s most vulnerable. Here we are going to go over numerous ways to contribute to saving the Earth that will ultimately maximize your Earth Day. First let’s go over a bit of the importance and history of Earth Day.

 

History

 

In 1969, John McConnell, a luminary with a passion for peace, religion, and science, spoke at a UNESCO conference in San Francisco and proposed a day to honor the Earth. The first day was to be on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, where many predictions about the future were made by various speakers to try to expand awareness. It also took place in 2,000 colleges and universities all over the United States. The date was changed and founded a month later by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson to April 22 and was held that year.

While the April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 140+ nations, inflating the expansion of the awareness across our globe. Senator Nelson chose the date of April 22 to maximize the participation of younger people, because of the date not occurring simultaneously with spring break or exams, it doesn’t fall on religious holidays and for the overall enjoyable weather of that time of year.

Today more than 190 countries celebrate Earth Day. In 2017 The March for Science will even be held on the same day, hopefully expanding the mission evermore to the entire world. While we are aware of it however, we must participate in some way and do our part to help your home (the Earth) survive and sustain. So lets get started!

Maximize Your Earth Day!

  • Plant a garden outside. What better way to celebrate than to work with the Earth to provide you food for the future.
  • Buy a reusable water bottle. This is a great way to tone down on the plastic consumption that ends up on the ground in one way or another.
  •  Collect rain in rain barrels to water your garden or even to purify and drink! (Check the legality in your state/country)
  • Wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot.
  • Make your own household cleaners. There are many simple recipes available at your fingertips.
  • Use a clothes line outside to dry your laundry.
  • Substitute all paper products like napkins and plates for better solutions, such as a cloth napkin and a washable glass plate.
  • Support your local restaraunts and stores in your community, especially if they get their product from less than 100 miles away from their location.
  • Pay any bills you have online, it’s actually greener!
  • Turn your computer completely off when you aren’t using it.
  • Replace all (or what you can) of your light bulbs in your home to CFLs or LEDs.

These are all perfect ways to enhance your experience on Earth day and at the same time create opportunities for a for a healthier life in the long run. Maybe think of Earth Day as your starting point, a starting point to actually make a change. If you think you have any great ideas to compliment out list,  get in the comments and tell us about it!

 

Factoring in Power Consumption when Purchasing a Projector

So you’ve decided to finally get that projector you’ve been thinking about for months. Or maybe you’ve already had one and want to upgrade. If you have been searching, I’m sure you’ve discovered that there are A LOT of options. Choosing the projector that’s right for you and you environment can sometimes be a complicated process if you really care about what you’re buying and also trying to factor in power consumption.

Just Some Thoughts to Get You Started

There are a few types of projectors out there that you can get your hands on. The differences in these usually depend on the source of light, the bulbs. There are LCD, LED, and DLP lamps and all have different characteristics that make them their own. What are the differences in these 3 letter acronyms, you may ask. Well that part is fairly simple.

The LCD (liquid crystal display) is the more of the traditional way of displaying content on the projectors. These types of projectors use what is commonly referred to as a lamp. But, over the last few years, the advancement of projecting and bulb technology has skyrocketed and deserves a mention. These advancements have produced bulbs such as the LED (light-emitting diode) and the DLP (digital light processing). These are definitely the more energy efficient ways to go!

LEDs tend to have a much longer lifespan. On average, they last up to 20,000 hours longer than LCD lamps. This makes the LED more reliable because it fails less often and doesn’t burn out like LCDs. Another factor is, LCDs have very hazardous mercury inside them, which is not a factor with the LEDs. LED seems to already be the best option if lower power consumption is your number one goal. Also, The LED lighting systems provide a larger number of colors and also more saturated colors, making the picture appear brighter.

One disadvantage that the LED system has however, is the inability to be as bright as the lamp based systems. This would present a problem if you are in a room that you just can’t get dark enough.

DLPs

Digital light processing is a solid state technology and only uses a single device to produce images. This helps in the production by allowing manufacturers to make smaller, thinner projectors than the competitor systems, which require three devices to function. One big advantage that DLPs have over LEDs is that dust does not affect them. The biggest enemy with LEDs is the dust. The filter in an LED system needs to be cleaned very regularly, which is not the case with the DLP systems.

 

Conclusion

Regardless which projector technology you choose, make sure you look up the power consumption of your existing or future projector.

Kick Off Your Preparation for Earth Day!

Earth day is just over the hill folks. But it doesn’t HAVE  to start there for you. This could be one of many opportunities presented to you to get started and making the planet a little easier to manage, and maybe even get a little healthier at the same time! So in the spirit of Earth Day month, we wanted to highlight a few products that can maybe get you started! So without further delay….

The COLDEST Water Bottle

This interesting little bottle promises to keep your beverage cold for up to 36 hours or more. It’s also vacuum sealed and is built with stainless steel. This way, you can not only have stylish little
bottle to carry around, but also hopefully be encouraged to drink more water and have the benefit of simultaneously cutting down on the use of plastic in the production of water bottles!

 

Rain Wizard Rain Barrel

This classic, whiskey style of this barrel is a cool looking addition to sport in your rain collection
system. It has a capacity of 50 gallons, is made of Polyethylene and has a flat back to also minimize space! This particular barrel is rotationally molded to hold up against cracking and splitting, so be sure to pick this one up or one similar to it if you’re serious about reusing all that water.

LED/CFL Light Bulb

This may seem like a bit of a no brainer. But sometimes we may fall out of the habit of staying
green just like we fall out of exercising. People also sometimes underestimate just how much energy can be saved just by replacing all of the light bulbs at home to energy efficient ones. Online, these come in just about however number of bulbs in a pack that you can think of. Just order enough to supply your entire house and set a reminder when to stock back up!

WindyNation Solar Panel Kit

 

Out with the old, in with the new. Solar panel are on the rise and are only going to get bigger in
the near future. This is one of the best ways to efficiently power what you need and the systems can be as big as you want them. However, everyone has to start somewhere. The WindyNation 200 watt solar panel kit comes with everything you need to get your start in the solar community. This specific kit is designed for RVs, cabins, boats and so forth but can ultimately just be your starting line to even bigger projects in the future.

What are some of your favorite energy conserving products that you use day to day? Make sure to jump down to the comments and let us know!