Our second all-digital Genius Guide shows you 99 ways to save energy— and money— at home this summer
By Mark Jannot, Editor-in-ChiefPosted 07.06.2009 at 5:07 pm 10 Comments
Did you know you can cut your water use by 10 gallons a day by switching toilets? That a new washer and dryer could save you almost $150 a year? These are just two of the dozens of tips, tricks, facts and projects packed into the freeGreen Home Guide, the second in our series of digital special issues called Genius Guides, designed to make you an expert on one of the core PopSci topics. You can click through our animated home to see the worst spots for wasting power, air and water.
Researchers develop a mercury-absorbing material that could take the risk out of recycling compact fluorescents
By Sam BarrettPosted 07.10.2008 at 5:25 pm 6 Comments
Compact fluorescent light bulbs solve one problem, but present another: Although the bulbs are longer-lasting and more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, CFLs contain mercury, a neurotoxin. If a bulb breaks or isn’t recycled properly, the mercury can be released into the environment.