5 New Green Gadgets on the Market

January18, 2012 by Jeff in Solar Living

CFL LightbulbAt Soluxe, we’re always excited to hear about new eco-friendly products. Here are some of the latest!

1. The World Bulb
The new World Bulb™ from Lightning Science Group is a 60-watt light bulb that provides LED power. With a suggested retail price below $15.85, it’s made to lower utility bills in a way that makes the bulb pay for itself in as little as eight months, according to an article in USA Today.
“The World Bulb gives off a clean, bright light equivalent to that of a conventional 60-watt incandescent bulb, but while using 85% less electricity,” said Jim Haworth, chairman and chief executive officer of Lightning Science Group.

2. ecoATM Kiosk
With a nationwide rollout planned in 2012, the ecoATM kiosks offer a convenient electronics trade-in solution. Made to use specialized technology and artificial intelligence to immediately buy back cell phones and MP3 players for cash or store credit, the kiosks reduce e-waste.
Almost everyone has a collection of used portable electronics stored somewhere,” said Tom Tullie, Chairman and CEO at ecoATM. “At ecoATM, we believe strongly in repurposing good electronics that can be refurbished and used by consumers in other markets.”
By the end of January, the ecoATM kiosks will offer trade-ins on not just cell phones and MP3 players but also iPads, Kindles and Nooks.

3. The Nest Learning Thermostat
Already named one of Good Housekeeping’s 2012 Very Innovative Products, the Nest Learning Thermostat has a price tag of $250 and boasts potential for enormous financial savings, possibly saving households thousands each year.
Designed to save energy and reduce heating costs, the thermostat can set a customized schedule based on your preferences and use, and it can be controlled remotely.
“Using sensors, this thermostat even detects when you’re at home — and not — and adjusts the heat and AC accordingly,” says an article in Mercury News.

4. SolarKindle
“For the past six years, SolarFocus has been dedicated to developing the most technologically advanced portable solar powered solutions for consumers,” said Dick Lu, Executive Vice President at SolarFocus.
The new SolarKindle from Solar Focus is the world’s first solar-powered e-reader cover. Priced at $80, it draws on the natural energy of the Sun to offer three months of unplugged Kindle e-reading time and 50 more hours of LED lamp use.

5. PowerTrekk
Like the SolarKindle, the PowerTrekk is an alternative power source for mobile gadgets—but rather than relying on the Sun, it’s the first ever charger to be powered by water.
“PowerTrekk has a competitive edge over traditional portable chargers,” said Bjorn Westerholm, CEO at myFC, the company behind PowerTrekk. “Fuel cell power is generated immediately and charging is not impacted by weather or the position of the sun, as for solar panels.”
When released in stores this May, the 8.5-ounce travel charger should have a price tag of $220, with 1.5-ounce fuel packs (one per use) costing $3 each.

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