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