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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.