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Water Powered Clock

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

What could be greener than just using a little tap water to power your alarm clock? This cool clock makes its own electricity from its electrolytic cells and the water electrons. One refill should power the clock for about 12 weeks, then all you need to do is fill it up again. It will remember the time so you don’t need to re-set it after each refill. The ergonomic design looks modern and svelte – it’s bigger than it looks in the picture though, at 6 ½ “ high. There is a choice of blue or gray. And you’ll have one less gadget to reset after a power outage too!

Currently on sale at $24.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer

Faucet Aerator To Save Water Effortlessly

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

This clever gadget can be fixed to bathroom or kitchen taps to save water easily. It aerates the water, so reducing the amount of water used, while still giving enough of a flow for handwashing, teeth brushing, rinsing of dishes and so on. Effectively the flow is reduced but you won’t realize it, as you are getting more than enough flow to rinse effectively. The only time you might not appreciate this little green gadget is when you are trying to fill a bucket or a large pan with water in a hurry, as that is when you will notice the reduction in flow. Otherwise it saves you a lot of water without making a difference to most everyday tasks. It is very affordable and well-made, so is a great investment for the eco-conscious.
Currently costs $2.99 on sale at Amazon

Sustainable Energy Model Kit for Green Kids

Monday, August 15th, 2011

A fun way for kids to learn about sustainable living and various alternative energy solutions, this kit has loads of experiments and models to build. Kids can find out how to build solar cells, passive solar collectors, a solar oven, a wind power generator, a lemon battery, a greenhouse, an air conditioner and more. It is intended for kids of 10+ and comes with full instructions for all 30 experiments and 10 building projects. It would make a great gift for curious kids who are keen on saving the planet, or just electronic whizzes who want to go green.
The Green Power House currently costs $49.97 from Discovery Store.com

Draft Excluder To Save Energy Wastage and Keep Heat In

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Sometimes the simplest energy saving ideas have the most effect. Drafts from ill-fitting doors and windows often cause more heat loss and wasted energy than anything else. Plus a drafty house isn’t comfortable and you tend to turn up the heat to compensate. Just fit one of these simple draft guards under the doors and solve the problem once and for all. It’s not just in winter that it is useful. Hot summer air blowing under doors will also up your air-con energy consumption. You can save up to 15% on heating and energy bills if you use one of these on every drafty door in the house. This guard stays on when doors open, gliding over the floor with the door.

Costs $12 from GaiaM

Solar Trickle Charger Keeps Car Battery Topped Up

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

If you have a car that isn’t used often enough to keep the battery healthy, this is the perfect solution. It is a solar car battery charger that trickle charges when set in the sunshine. It can just sit on the dashboard or in the rear window and charge the car battery whenever it is not in use. An LED light blinks to indicate the charge. If you have problems with the battery gradually draining, this will keep it topped up. However it is not intended to recharge batteries that are totally flat or compensate for faulty batteries, so don’t expect miracles!
Costs $28.55 from Amazon

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