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Are you trying to kill-a-watt – or, in other words, kill off some of those extra watts you’re using in your home or office to save on energy costs? It’s much easier to do now than ever before thanks to the advent of new green technologies. As green technology gadgets keep coming down the pipeline, you’ll have a plethora of hot green energy picks that hopefully will cool down global warming in the coming years.
Here are the top 10 green technology gadget trends for 2012:
1. There actually is such a thing as the Kill-a-Watt. This wireless carbon footprint monitor allows you to add up and keep track of the amount of energy you use each year, month, week and even day. The range of this wireless contraption is 300 meters, and the demand for it is growing as more office owners and homeowners strive to save money and save the planet at the same time.
2. Wood? Sounds good to me. Using headphones that are made out of wood is the new trend, as the wood is recycled and does not feature PVC, which is a vinyl pollutant. These green technology devices also work with a wide variety of DVD players, CD players, iPods and iPhones, computers and MP3 players.
3. Outlets are overrated. Nowadays, companies are finding ways to help you to charge your electronic devices without having to rely on your wall outlets. In fact, some shakable batteries are available that easily can be attached to a generator that creates a charge when shaken. This eco-friendly energy technology is green in that regular outlet chargers continue to use energy even after the items they are charging have already been juiced up, while the shakable batteries prevent this from happening.
4. Sunny day for cell phones. Solar chargers are growing in popularity, as they are an extremely convenient way to charge cell phones. In fact, similar chargers are available for use with cameras, laptops, iPods and 12-volt batteries.
5. Try on a green backpack. New backpacks feature solar panels that are built in and thus allow you to charge your electronic devices and cell phones while on the go – even while hiking or camping. These green energy technology sacks also are light in weight and come in different designs and hues to suit your liking.
6. LEDs lead the way. By now, you probably have heard quite a bit about LED – or light-emitting diode – lights, which are very green when compared with traditional incandescent light bulbs. LED bulbs continue to get even more energy-efficient, thus making them even better for the ecologically focused energy user.
7. The key to being green is here. Solar-powered computer keyboards are even better than contemporary wireless keyboards because they require no batteries, which feature a plethora of chemicals. Instead, these new green keyboards simply tap into the energy of the sun and operate on 2.4 GHz wireless technology.
8. I’ll have a little salt with my clock. Today, a clock is available that does not require the use of a battery but simply runs on salt. That’s right, it just needs salt and water. This is definitely an ecologically friendly invention that is making a splash in the green world.
9. Green thumbs up! Many green thumbs are giving a “thumbs up” to LED grow lights, which use only a fraction of the energy that traditional grow lamps need. These lights are so green because they also do not generate as much greenhouse gases as their non-green counterparts do.
10. Smart smartphones are here. The opportunity to control your home’s energy use with smartphone apps is an up-and-coming way for homeowners to become even more proactive in the reduction of their ecological footprint – and in a convenient way. In fact, Lighting Science Group and Google last year highlighted their Android-based LED lamp, which simply can be controlled using an Android-based tablet or phone.
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