Green Technology Gear & Gadgets

Green Technology Expert and Editor of earthtechling.com, Nino Marchetti, showed us some products that are energy efficient, some that are biodegradable and all of which are better for the environment.

Monster Green Power A/V PowerCenter AV 775G
 $60
 Designed to work with home A/V equipment
 Helps with preventing wasted energy from devices like Blu-ray players and A/V recenviers that sit in standby mode but still draw a small amount of power
 One plugs the TV into the GreenPower Control outlet and the other items into the GreenPower controlled outlets. When the TV is powered on or off, so are the devices in the controlled outlets area.
 Also can have always on devices. Also offers surge protection.
 Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac
 $60
 Keyboard is powered by ambient light in building, much like a solar calculator
 A full charge lets the keyboard work for months at a time, even in dark rooms
 It sports a very thin and streamlined design
 Works off of wireless technology via a special small receiver you plug into a Mac
 Special app you can put on your Mac lets you track keyboard's power level
 Joos Orange Solar Charger by Solar Components
 $149
 Uber powerful portable solar charger
 Works in pretty much any lighting conditions
 Can get wet and still work – we know, sprayed it with hose when reviewing it
 Can charge a variety of mobile devices in a quick period of time – ipod charged in about two hours of direct sunlight
 Also has a big internal battery to charge devices when sunlight isn't as good
 Thinksound Rain in-ear earphones
 $70
 In-ear design, stylish looking
 Wood in housing comes from sustainable sources
 Attached cables are PVC free
 Sweat resistant design, so good for gym
 Have foam tips for a more comfortable, secure fit
 Blueline Innovations PowerCost Monitor
 $80 and up
 Not easy to set up, but worth the time
 Wireless sensor clamps onto electric meter and reads data depending upon type of meter you have
 Desktop unit receives data and lets you see real time energy consumption in a variety of modes, like cents per hour
 You can also measure a single appliance's energy use by engaging a special mode on monitor, turning the appliance off and then turning it back on. Difference results in what that appliance is consuming.
 Macbook Pro
 Prices range $1200 to $2500, depending upon monitor size and processor ability
 Recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure
 LED backlight display which is mercury free
 Free of many harmful chemicals in body
 Energy efficient computer design that meets Energy Star and EPEAT standards
 Targus A7 Laptop Sleeve
 $20
 Holds up to 14-inch laptop, Mac or PC
 a special thick cushion system offers scratch resistance, bump protection and is weather resistant
 Made from eco-friendly Ariaprene,which is toxic free, recyclable and degradable – green alternative to the popular material neoprene.

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