Green Gadgets That Save You Money (2 videos)

Green Gadgets That Help Save the Planet and Save You Money

This segment from the Today Show demonstrates a number of cool green gadgets. You may be familiar with the power strip that turns off peripherals when you turn off your computer. It costs about $40 and can save you $100 a year in electricity costs. Now there are also solar chargers for cell phones and other small devices, and even a little fan blade that you put on your shoulder when you ride your bike that charges your devices.

To save more energy you can get a dual flush toilet. It has a little hand basin on top of the tank. After you wash your hands, the gray water flows into the tank where it is ready for the next flush.

On page 2 you’ll see a solar powered lamp that has an unusual story.

Read by the Light of the Sun—at Night

This is a neat little desk lamp that sells for $20 at Ikea. Put it by the window during the day, the sun will charge it up, then read at night.

Even better, each time you buy one, Ikea will contribute a hardier version to UNICEF for a needy child in a poor country. So far this year Ikea contributed more than half a million lamps; next year it hopes to reach one million.

Photo credit: Ikea

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Wen Ping
Lea Thng3 years ago

Great ideas & products thanks!

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago

wow, the lamp is a great idea.... would make a great Christmas present, with a note stating that one was also given away in their honor

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago

thanks for the info

Janet B.
Janet B.4 years ago

Love these segments but I sure wish they would not rush the presenters and spend a few extra minutes so we can get all the information we need. (They should take a minute or two away from some of those segments on the celebrity gossip or crap like that!)

Carole Lambert
Carole L.4 years ago

Thank you!

Ree O.
Ree O.4 years ago

Thankyou :)

Thomas L Robinson

useful info, thanks

John S.
Past Member 4 years ago


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Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thank you.