Magnetic Refrigerators
Magnetic Refrigerators
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric have teamed up to create a revolutionary new type of refrigerator that uses magnets to create cold, also known as the magnetocaloric effect (lowering or raising the temperature of the material by changing the magnetic field).
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps
The Building Technologies Office is ushering in the next generation of heat pump systems, which warm and cool your home by moving heat from one space to another. A fuel-fired, multi-function residential heat pump that can reduce primary energy consumption by 30 percent.
Clothes Dryers
Clothes Dryers
The same concept behind heat pump technologies that keep your home comfortable can also be used for another important application: drying your clothes. Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric are developing a new type of clothes dryer that uses a heat pump cycle to generate hot air needed for drying.
Smarter, More Connected Homes
Smarter, More Connected Homes
We live in an increasingly connected world -- the same is true for our homes. New electronic devices and appliances can now be linked to the Internet to provide real-time data that makes it easier to understand and lower energy use.
Next-Gen Insulation
Next-Gen Insulation
Insulation is one of the most important ways to reduce your home heating and cooling costs. The Industrial Science & Technology Network is developing new foam insulation made with environmentally friendly and advanced composite materials that ensure heat doesn’t escape from the attic, walls and other areas of the home during cold winter months.
Advanced Window Controls
Advanced Window Controls
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pella Windows are working on new highly insulated windows that use sensors and microprocessors to automatically adjust shading based on the amount of available sunlight and the time of day to ensure proper lighting and comfort, saving consumers energy and money.
Reflective Roofing Materials
Reflective Roofing Materials
Cool roofs coated with materials containing specialized pigments reflect sunlight and absorb less heat than standard roofs. Expect these types of roof systems to get even “cooler” due to new fluorescent pigments developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and PPG Industries that can reflect nearly four times the amount of sunlight of standard pigments.

Energy-Saving Solutions

From heating and cooling to electronics and appliances, it takes a lot of energy to power our daily lives. Our homes use 37 percent more energy today than they did in 1980. But without energy efficiency -- through technology innovation and federal energy conservation standards -- this number would be a lot higher. In fact, even though our total energy use has grown, our energy use per household is down about 10 percent, despite that our homes are larger and contain more devices.

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19 June 2019

The Art of Keeping Your Home Tidy With A Pet

We often consider pets another member of our family. Having a pet at home provides another layer of comfort and fun. We give them the same love and care that we would our children. However, just like our children, pets...

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We often consider pets another member of our family. Having a pet at home provides another layer of comfort and fun. We give them the same love and care that we would our children. However, just like our children, pets...

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We often consider pets another member of our family. Having a pet at home provides another layer of comfort and fun. We give them the same love and care that we would our children.

However, just like our children, pets tend to leave a chaotic mess wherever they go.Thanks to technology, there are many different ways to keep a tidy home with a pet.

From smart home technology to simple storage tricks, here are some ways you can master the art of keeping your home tidy with a pet.

Pet Storage Section

Many of us learned that the art of tidying up really starts with finding a place for everything. Storage spaces for pet supplies can keep their clutter out of the way and helps make sure you are able to find what you need quickly. Giving them their own space keeps their things separated from any grooming, cleaning, and other supplies your family uses for themselves.

It’s best to keep their supplies in one area. Think about your pet’s everyday routine. If they tend to come in and out of the house often, you may want to keep their wipes, grooming supplies, and toys somewhere close by your home’s entryway.

Keeping their storage section close to the door can make it easier for you to catch them for a quick grooming session before they fully enter your home.

A tidy home with a pet is all about smart storage for their supplies

Wall Mounts for Leashes

If you have multiple dogs, or have one of those adorable cats that likes walks on a leash, you know by now that leashes tend to easily get tangled and knotted. Keeping leashes organized is a constant headache for pet owners.

Instead of throwing them into a box or drawer where they are more likely to get tangled up, use a wall mount to hang leashes individually. Put this wall mount in the same storage area for your other pet supplies, so you always know where to find it. Hanging them individually will always prevent them from tangling and knotting.

Robot Vacuums

Robot vacuums are a near necessity for all pet owners and is essential to keep your home tidy with pets. Even if your pet is “non-shedding”, pets tend to create dirt and debris from coming in from the outdoors, from their food, and from some minimal shedding. A robot vacuum can cut the constant vacuuming from your day.

There are vacuums that can be scheduled for a set time to clean. This makes it easy for you to keep your floors and carpets clean even when you are at work.  

Having a pet at home can often cause allergies because of the dirt and dander that accumulates from them. A robot vacuum can help keep your home tidy but also clean and free from allergens.

Robot vacuums can help keep your home tidy with a pet

Automatic Food Dispensers

Feeding pets can be a messy business. Normal food plates don’t prevent pets from scattering their food while they eat, and leaving their food out can attract bugs and mice. Automatic food dispensers are a great way to control your pet’s food intake and mess.

Not only do they keep your home tidy, automatic food dispensers carefully measure the amount of food your pet needs. You can even program some to dispense a certain amount at a certain time, so you do not have to leave a pile of food out all day. This is a gadget that keeps your pet healthy and keeps your home tidy.

Self-Cleaning Litter Box

Cleaning a litter box for cat owners is a messy task and is often a big factor in keeping a tidy home. Most cat owners might try to keep the litter box in a place that is secluded such as the bathroom or a closet. However, cats can drag litter from the box and into the house. The smell from a litter box, if not cleaned regularly, can end up spreading throughout your home.

A self-cleaning litter box is a simple solution to this big problem. These litter boxes detect when your pet has used the litter box and automatically rakes the waste into a waste container. Instead of constantly scooping your pet’s waste, all you have to do is check the waste container usually about every month.
Having a tidy home with a pet is all about setting up preventative measures that work around your pet’s habits. Keeping your home tidy with a pet does not have to be a constant chore.  These tools can keep your home tidy and keep your pet happy.

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