A Few New Green Gadgets

October 13, 2009

So have you thought about your greenifying your home appliances?  Everybody knows about the government’s Energy Star program.  It’s a seal of approval given by the government for appliances that help businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

It’s all very utilitarian in most cases, though.  What about those other newer electronics?  Have you thought about those?  

Your computer is the first place to look.  I speak from experience on this.  You know how they say “leave your computer on, all the time”?  Have you ever seen what that will do to an electrical usage bill? 

To put it in a rather simplistic way, most laptops run on 65-90W power supplies. Contemporary desktops are using ballpark 350-500W power supplies.  The average homeowner uses 80 percent less energy by turning off the personal computer and clicking on the laptop.  At current laptop prices, the cost could be recovered within six months. 

Another item worthy of checking the green-stats on would be televisions.  Those huge new flat-screen televisions can hit you with a double whammy.  They are costly at the store and costly to operate. 

But some of those wide-screens can have much smaller electric consumption rates.  The Samsung 8000 series features 46 to 55 inch screens that operate using 40% less electricity than competitors.  You’ll want to check how much electricity your TV (or TVs) are using.

There’s also a device to do just that.  The Energy Detective is a device on the small side of an alarm clock that measures electrical usage.  You hook up the device, cleverly acronymed as “TED,” and within seconds are shown information about usage and cost.  If you can see it, you can manage it.  (Find out more at www.theenergydetective.com)

It’s all part of being a better energy consumer.  Greenifying is not always easy, but it is always worth it to all of us.


The Latest Green Gadgets

May 27, 2008

Is it just me or does everyone like to check out all the new gadgets that the Green movement has been producing? I love my solar watch, not to mention solar radio/alarm clock. A friend of mine is waiting for her economic stimulus check to arrive in July, so that she can purchase a cordless electric lawnmower complete with a small solar panel to charge it.

Saazs has developed light emitting glass. Instead of a light bulb, the entire fixture radiates a warm light. The glass has been used in walls, tables and floors. You will have to go to Paris to see the showroom and then spend between E 4,300 and E 5,300 to actually get one of the lights. But, the lights will last for about 50,000 hours – or 20 years! And the Planilum technology used is very cool- 4 layers of a special glass, a rare gas and serigraphed phosphors.

The Solio has been around for a year or more, and is another gadget on my wish list. A little hand held solar charger, it can power up your cell phone, iPod, GPS, digital camera and more. One hour of free solar charging will give you twenty minutes of talk time. How great is that for those camping trips where you can’t afford to be out of touch with the office for long. And if your locale features more wind than sun, there is the HYmini, a handheld wind turbine.

Does your commute to work involve biking? Puma is now selling the “Stealth Visibility Bike”- a glow in the dark bicycle- improving your visibility on your way home after dark.

It is easier than ever to Greenify with some of these gadgets!


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