2007 - [Sustainable Concepts] Wind Power & Urinals
2007, vol. 48
Welcome to the March 2007 newsletter from Design Forward.
Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "I think that fundamentally architecture
is really about wellbeing -- every building you make, people
should feel good in it."
- Zaha Hadid
Lisa A. Swan
Wind Turbines Get Affordable
Homeowners will soon be able to generate clean power
in their yards while reducing electricity bills, thanks
to a small, quiet, and affordable wind turbine developed
by Arizona-based Southwest Windpower. The company designed
the turbine in collaboration with the U.S. Department
of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has
120 orders already, and expects to sell 1500 units later
The turbine can be designed with a tower as short as
35 feet. It delivers 1.8 kilowatts of power and gives
best results when installed on a property of greater
than 0.5 acre with wind speeds above 10 miles per hour,
the manufacturer says. The costs of the turbine plus
installation fees add up to $9,000– 12,000, about half
the price of other similar-sized wind generators.
Trial runs show that it trims $500–800 off of an average
home’s yearly electricity bills, depending on the wind
speed in the area and the local price of electricity.
Company officials say the system will pay for itself
in 5–12 years. States such as California and New Jersey
are helping to promote backyard wind power with consumer
rebates that cover half the installation cost, says
Miriam Robbins, the company’s marketing manager. Plus,
where possible, customers could sell any extra power
they don’t use to utilities.
The key to encouraging home-owners to invest in wind
energy is “getting the cost down even more through more
mass- produced pieces,” Robbins says. The company is
pushing for more state-sponsored rebates. But interested
buyers might face additional challenges—local zoning
rules that prohibit wind turbines in a backyard and
municipalities that restrict the tower’s height, not
to mention neighbors and bird enthusiasts who object
to the sight of a turbine in their neighborhood.
Article © Prachi Patel-Predd, Organic Consumers Association.
Picture © Southwest Windpower.
for Home Use
The Mister Miser is the only urinal designed for in
home use. It is an economical alternative, designed
for water and space conservation, sanitation, and durability.
It has a in-wall, white porcelain design that allows
for a pleasing, aesthetic look for any residence.
Advantages & Benefits:
• requires just ten ounces of water to flush
• more sanitary than conventional urinals
• made of recyclable ABS-Structural Plastic
• weighs only six and a half pounds
• manufactured in the USA
• simple and inexpensive installation
• no splashback
• space efficient
• five year warranty
• quiet operation
• installs behind the wall
Article © Mister Miser
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Birthday! On March 1, 2007, Design Forward celebrated
5 years of business and working towards a more sustainable
community. We want to thank everyone who has helps us
come this far. We are looking forward to many more years
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