Our Favorite Green Technology Products

Our Favorite Green Technology Products

Green technology is making products with longer lives, less waste and savings for not just consumers, but also the world. With a need for fewer raw materials to make the same items today, it seems that the world is finally getting in line with reducing use, reusing existing items and recycling the ones that have finally broken down, rather than just creating something new. These are some of our favorite green technology products. The list may not be very long, but it’s highly likely to include at least one device or product that you own, or one that you would like to own. Let’s get started, shall we?

Batteries have been the bane of everyone with a flashlight or handheld gaming console that suddenly goes dead on the user. Time was, you’d need to have dozens of them at your home or place of work to keep your devices juiced and ready to go. But now, rechargeable batteries are pretty much the standard. Sure, those old throwaways are still around, but anybody who lived with them for years understands the value of only needing to buy 4 batteries rather than 400. This is an example of green technology that everyone can benefit from, and everyone should have some because of that.

Reusable shopping bags are another great example of green technology that practically anyone can benefit from owning and using. Not only do cloth bags hold up against regular use better than paper or plastic, but they can also be washed to keep them clean and fresh. This isn’t exactly new technology – people have been using bags made from cloth, hemp, silk and other materials for thousands of years. Somewhere along the way though, people started pumping out plastic bags. Do yourself a favor and bring your own bags the next time you go shopping.

Solar phone chargers are much newer technology than cloth bags, but just like both previously mentioned items, this is another thing that most consumers today would love to have. That’s because a solar charger allows you to use your goodies on the go without forcing you to stay near an electrical outlet or other charging station. Now you can just leave your charger out in the sun and wait a few minutes for a phone that’s ready to use once again. Solar chargers exist for tons of other electronics too, so if you like the way this item sounds, know there are others like it.

Energy Efficient Lighting

Energy Efficient LightingThe name of the game today is cutting back on energy usage. It’s good for the environment naturally – using less is always good in that way. But it’s good for your bank account too. There are all kinds of changes you could make to your home to increase your energy efficiency, like installing panels, mini-windmills and other fixtures. But the most direct return you will be able to see after just a couple months would probably be upgrading to energy efficient lighting. That means no more incandescent bulbs, nor the fluorescent ones. LEDs are the best way to go when it comes to saving energy.

LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are an electric light source that you’re probably seen around before. That’s because the technology isn’t exactly new. Functional models have been on the market since 1962, and many upgrades and updates have been applied over the last 50 years or so. They now feature some of the lowest energy consumption of all light bulbs today, longest bulb lives, hardier construction and smaller mass. Single bulbs strong enough for room lighting are still expensive, but other options exist that can get the job done for less. These are the LED bars like those available at Light Bar Report.

Besides being energy efficient, LED light bars are able to produce more than enough light to brighten up even large rooms. They can also be moved practically anywhere, so you can hang them from walls and ceilings and pieces of furniture. But they do need an input to work, so you’ll still need to be close to an electrical outlet. The lowered energy requirements mean you’ll be spending less for every hour of light you use, and that’s something you’ll notice within a month of your purchase. Some LED systems will pay for themselves within two or three years, using just a few dollars of electricity over a year.

Based on a price of $0.12.6 per kWh and 12 hours of use a day 7 days a week, a decent LED system would cost about $4.97 to run for a year. This is compared to $41.39 a year to run a normal incandescent bulb. You’ll probably buy 3 or four of those in a year too, thanks to their approximate 1,200 hour life. In comparison, LED systems have lives as long as 50,000 hours. You can read more about the facts and figures by clicking here.

If you’re investing in your home to make it a greener place to live, then one of your best options will probably be to convert to LED lighting for some or all of your lighting needs. There are many different choices available, but you would probably be better off if you only tried one or two fixtures first, to see if you like the way they perform. You can always buy more later – it’s not like the technology is exactly expensive or rare or anything. A water heater which works on a timer can help save some money too, by giving you hot water only when you need it instead of all day.

Top 5 Green Technology Innovations

Top 5 Green Technology Innovations

When considering the top 5 green technology innovations, it seems sensible that the best of them all would be those that saved the user the most money or provided the most utility. Something as simple as a reusable bag might not seem very innovative, but it does save money and everyone needs bags sooner or later; for groceries or other things. There are better candidates for a top 5 list, a handful of which we’re going to talk about today.

It might not seem like it at first, but the Internet is actually one of the greenest technology innovations of the last 20 years. The ability to share information quickly allows for all kinds of telecommuting – more people are working in home offices. For every worker doing that, there’s one fewer car on the roads, and probably a couple of hours of driving a day if average worker commutes are accurate. The savings in the printing industry alone have made the Internet a thing of great value to consumers.