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.

Save Energy Systems

Feed not found.

Electric Radiator Solutions Blog

Feed not found.

The Most Popular Christmas Gifts 2020

Christmas is only weeks away, and all the decorations may be coming out of storage. If you haven’t started planning out your gift list, now is the time! Need gift ideas? We’ve compiled a list of the most popular Christmas...

The post The Most Popular Christmas Gifts 2020 appeared first on HomeSelfe.


Christmas is only weeks away, and all the decorations may be coming out of storage. If you haven’t started planning out your gift list, now is the time! Need gift ideas? We’ve compiled a list of the most popular Christmas...

The post The Most Popular Christmas Gifts 2020 appeared first on HomeSelfe.

Christmas is only weeks away, and all the decorations may be coming out of storage. If you haven’t started planning out your gift list, now is the time!

Need gift ideas? We’ve compiled a list of the most popular Christmas gifts 2020 for gamers, parents, kids, friends, and even coworkers.

Christmas Gifts 2020

Christmas Gifts for Gamers 2020

There are so many gift options for gamers! From new games to accessories, at least one of these gift ideas is sure to make the holiday extra happy for your favorite gamer.

A New Game

One of the most popular video games, Animal Crossing, also appeals to all ages. The newest version of the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch is a great gift idea for gamers in the home.

Gaming Keyboards

Gamers who play via a game console might not find that their controller gives them the best playing advantage. Delays happen. And a gaming keyboard might make the game a bit more controllable…and, perhaps, even winnable.

The HyperX glows with rainbow backlights and features specialized media controls. The price is pretty reasonable, too!

A Comfortable Gaming Chair

If you’re gaming for a few hours, comfort is key! Gift your favorite gamer a gaming chair to relax—and game!—in comfort. While there are many specialized gaming chairs on the market, there are old-school options, too! The bean bag is perhaps the OG gaming chair!

Christmas Gifts 2020

Christmas Gifts for Mom 2020

Finding Christmas gifts for mom isn’t always easy. She might seem to have everything. What do you gift the person who saw you through childhood, the brutal teenage years, and helped you learn to adult?

Experiences

Choose a gift experience that she will love. This could mean tickets to an opera, symphony concert or maybe even a day at the spa. Covid and the health mandates may limit your options, so you may have to get creative.

A Personalized Photo Album

Give your mom the gift of memories with a handmade (or professionally created) photo album. Include family photos and arrange them chronologically to show your family’s story through the years.  Photo albums can be a great budget-friendly gift if money is tight.

A Memory Quilt

Create a memory quilt for mom using old baby clothes or other mementos. Or have each family member design their own square for the quilt. Use a fabric marker for each family member to sign their square or write a personal message to mom.

Christmas Gifts 2020

Christmas Gifts for Dad 2020

Dad might be into DIY, golf or loves his daily cocktail. He was the one who might have helped you learn to drive or set you on the right track when you strayed. Whatever dad did for you, make sure his gift is something special.

Monthly Gifts

Monthly subscriptions are great because they are an ongoing gift. Just be sure to choose a subscription that fits dad’s tastes. There are monthly subscription services for coffees, teas, plants, and spirits, too!

Experiences

Like mom, dad may love a gifted experience. Treat him to a day at the golf course, or schedule a time for a really unique experience (like driving a racecar). Think about what dad loves and tailor an experience just for him.

Christmas Gifts 2020

Gifts for Kids 2020

Children may have their own ideas about what makes the perfect Christmas gift. Perhaps they’ve already created a wish list to Santa. If you’re on the hunt for the best toys for this year, Good Housekeeping included a great roundup back in August; Play-Doh Compounds, CurliGirls, Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit and SeeMyFeelings Mirror were all on the list!

Clothes, new shoes and even tech gadgets also are always popular gifts for kids and teens. As kids get older, they may be extremely specific about what they want for Christmas. When you know exactly what your kids want, shop sales to find the best deal (especially for tech!).

Gifts for Friends

If you’re on a tight budget, friends may be bumped from the gift list. Bake up some treats from scratch, or create a memory book of your friendship. You can offer to pick up the bill for a holiday lunch or maybe treat your friend to a manicure or pedicure.

Creativity also can go a long way. Personalized gift baskets can pack a lot of meaning into one gift. Create a gift basket of unique coffees/teas, a few cute mugs and maybe some flavored syrups. A spa gift basket could include bath salts, lotion, loofahs, mani/pedi tools and more.

Christmas Gifts 2020

Gifts for Coworkers

Coworkers might not be on the list unless your company opts for a Secret Santa or White Elephant exchange. Companies may set a price limit for gifts to keep the exchange equitable to all. Coffees, teas, mugs, candles and even holiday goodies (packaged and labeled, of course) all could make good gifts. Or tailor the Secret Santa gift to the individual (if you know interests). For Secret Santa gifts, Town & Country recommends candy boxes, a planner, an elephant bank, and even an umbrella!

As for white elephant gifts, anything goes! Just don’t choose anything too outlandish or offensive. Odd thrifted finds, crazy candles, bizarre singing hamsters and other funny gifts all make perfect white elephant gifts.

While Christmas shopping might seem like the last thing to worry about right now, the holiday will be here sooner than we expect. If you’re stuck at home or need some way to pass the time that doesn’t involve holiday cleaning, start shopping for family, friends and co-workers now. You may score some great deals shopping early, and you’ll be finished with your shopping with time to spare.

The post The Most Popular Christmas Gifts 2020 appeared first on HomeSelfe.


Read full article on Blog 2