Global Warming currently the deadliest pair of words that are capable of destroying the entire planet in a span of few decades. Every person in the world knows about global warming and knows that if man continues being the ignorant character that he has been till now then he will have to face dire consequences unfurled by nature’s wrath. Laws and policies are being enacted by the day in countries to reduce global warming. But what does an individual have to do in order to contribute to saving the planet? Simple just go as green as possible. Listed below are ten gadgets that can help you do so and hence conserve a lot of power. Conserving power means two things lesser electricity bill and lesser burning of fossil fuels.
Winner of the Greener Gadgets Design Competition 2009, this gadget will help you keep a track of the daily power consumption.This gadget is a modified version of a Kill-a-Watt(TM) power meter which will publish wireless the daily KWH consumed to the user’s Twitter account (Cumulative Kilowatt-hours). The device uses a “super-cap” to slowly recharge itself. Once it has sufficient charge it turns on the Xbee wireless module which transmits the data to a nearby computer. Once it has calculated the power usage for the day, it records it and sends it to your predefined Twitter account to remind you of how much power you have consumed that day.
2. RITI printer
The device is a great piece of innovation. The RITI printer is an Eco-friendly printer with a new ink system. Conventional ink cartridges are often difficult to replace and costly. This printer uses coffee or tea dregs as ink. The user has to place the coffee or tea dregs into the ink case located on the top of the printer and then insert paper. You have to move the case left and right to print your image.This system is a much cheaper alternative and is effective method of waste disposal. Moreover it is power saving since the ink cartridge is moved mechanically and hence doesn’t depend on electricity. However your final prin4 simple methods to green printingtout will have the aroma of coffee or tea.
4 simple methods to green printing
- Insert the paper in the middle of the RITI printer.
- Fill the ink case with coffee or tea dregs.
- Move the ink case manually from one side to another.
- After finishing the printing, remove the paper from the printer and wash and clean the ink case.
3. Chromasun Solar Powered Hybrid Air Conditioner
Although it sounds very ironical this air conditioner uses the sun’s heat to cool the room. This device can convert 75% of sun’s energy which is significantly more than PV cells and other devices. The device is essentially a sealed box which acts as a utility scale solar thermal plant. Green AC’s can help reduce the power consumption to a great extent since 16% of energy in US is consumed by cooling systems.
The device functions in a similar manner as that of natural gas cooling systems. First water or oil in a sealed tube gets heated to 220 degrees Celsius. This heat is then used to warm a solution containing some refrigerants. The refrigerants boil away. The solution and refrigerants are later reunited, and are used to cool the room. After that the mixture is pumped back to the same cycle and the cycle repeats again. Moreover it does not need much maintenance. So basically a device with fewer hassles and which helps us save lot of money in AC electricity bills.
4. Solar Cell Strap For Cell phones
Often our cell phone runs out of battery when we are in the middle of the conversation. This is very irritating. The solar cell strap tries addresses the matter to certain extent. The strap has a tiny solar cell which is very much capable of charging your cell phone for those crucial moments when your battery is absolutely dead. You will have just about enough time to wrap up your talk and go find the nearest charger.
5. Samsung Blue Earth
Our life is becoming more and more dependent on gadgets and one gadget we can absolutely not live without is obviously the cell phone. Samsung in an effort to do something for the planet has come up with its new Samsung Blue Earth which is made from recycled plastic and is equipped with small solar panels. If the phone is charged under the sun for 10 to 14 hours then it can provide enough power for four hours of talk time. The handset also comes with conventional socket and plug to charge with electric power. It is also equipped with built in pedometer.
6. Panasonic RISAIKURA MS-N53 Indoor Composter
Panasonic has come up with a gadget that takes care of your waste disposal in a very effective manner. It makes use of a special platinum-palladium catalyst. The Panasonic RISAIKURA MS-N53 recycler can hold up to 2kg of organic garbage, which can be anything like food scraps, which it then mixes up and breaks down into compost with the assistance of heat and the platinum- palladium catalyst. The waste gets converted to compost which is supposedly better than many industrial fertilizers. Panasonic RISAIKURA MS-N53 recycler has various settings that let you control to what extent the garbage is dried out. You can select the shorter option if you intend to create protein rich compost. However it is a very expensive device with its price range around $880.
7. MSI U110 ECO Wind Netbook
MSI has come up with an energy efficient laptop which supposedly delivers high on performance. It can run 9 hours straight on a single battery charge. The U110 Eco Wind laptop has a 10 inch screen and features the Intel Menlow Platform with 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor.. The netbook features 802.11b/g/n WiFi support, a memory card reader, stereo speakers and comes with a variety of disk storage capacities from 80GB to 160GB. It sounds as if the netbook does not have a solid state drive, otherwise MSI would be claiming that as a feature too.
Sunnan is IKEA’s solar powered desk top light. The solar cells directly transform sunlight into electrical energy directly. Hence it helps you save energy. Moreover the LED’s have longer life and consume 70% lesser energy. The time that they take for recharging is 9-12 ours in sunlight and with full charge the light can shine for approximately 4 hours. Although the light diodes are not responsible they have a long life of 50,000 hours. It can give n intensity of 400 to 500 lux at its starting point. However after 3 hours the light intensity will go down to 300 lux.
9. Low Energy Computing: Dell Studio Hybrid Desktop PC
The PC giant Dell has come up with its new Eco friendly model of PC. It is not only green but also stylish, hip and compact. It can be used for watching TV as well can perform tasks performed by your PC quite efficiently. It also comes in the Eco friendly bamboo skin along with other normal colors. It is being touted as the most energy efficient PC that has ever been made till date.
The energy conservation is possible because it is 80% smaller than conventional desktops. Moreover it uses fewer raw materials. Although it cannot be upgraded in the future it already comes equipped with attractive features. You can buy a model with up to 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. It also comes with gigabyte Ethernet, Wi-Fi using 802.11n, a Blu-ray disc reader in addition to a Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive. You also get a built-in 7-in-1 Media Reader, with a slot for the new high capacity and Hi Speed Secure Digital (SD) cards.
You also get to save a lot of money on electricity bill since the Dell Hybrid PC uses 70% less energy compared to other desktop computers. The power supply is very impressive with 87% efficiency. It meets Energy 4.0 standards. The small size also facilitates the cooling of the unit. Hence less energy gets wasted as heat. The PC also comes in 95% recycled packaging (a common feature now) as well as a system recycling kit.
10. Wind up Phone Charger
This gadget is a life saver. It will let you charge your mobile even when there is no electricity. It not only charges your mobile but also helps you burn some of the calories that you gained during the day. It has a handle. All you have to do to charge your mobile is turn the handle vigorously for a few minutes and the Wind Up Mobile Phone Charger creates enough energy to power your mobile for 25-30 minutes. It also has an inbuilt extra flashlight. It is reusable and Eco friendly. Moreover it is a very convenient and handy device. It is lightweight and very compact. It can fit into your travel bag very easily. Moreover it is safe to use. It is compatible with Nokia, Siemens, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Samsung.