One of the major problems with home solar panels is their size and appearance - who wants to bung a bunch of huge, ugly oblongs all over their roof? Now, imagine if the same solar cells could be built directly into the very fabric of your house. You just imagined something called "building-integrated photovoltaics" - and the technology exists right now.
Australia's catastrophic bushfires have left thousands of Aussies across New South Wales and Victoria without power, a situation that could last several weeks. Additionally, damage to the Snowy Hydro's power transmission lines has reduced the stability of the East Coast's power supply. To help out, the government is urging all Australians to reduce their energy use - which will have the added benefit of lowering your power bill. Here's some simple ways you can help.
Electric cars might be the way of the future, but the variations in charging plugs across different brands and models make finding a compatible electric vehicle (EV) charging station a lot more difficult than simply pulling up to a gas station. Thankfully, Google Maps on Android now has an "Electric vehicle settings" menu that will make finding EV charging ports that work with your car less of a headache.
If you've ever rented a car, you'll know to expect an itemised bill with various fees that you don't ever remember opting into. These might include charges for insurance policy coverage, toll fees, the use of a GPS, taxes and of course, the price of petrol.
Wireless headphones are great, but are also perpetually limited by their battery life. But what if there was a way to get 'unlimited' playback time? And even better than that, what if that power was 100% sustainable? JBL has been working on this problem and has harnessed the sun to create a pair of solar-powered wireless headphones.