Energy-saving products

March 20, 2009 1:37:00 PM PDT
Most electronics such as TVs, video game consoles, even our phone chargers consume energy when they're not being used. That means money out of your wallet. Andrea Smith, technology producer with ABC News Radio Technology, joined us with some examples of energy-saving products. Monster, known for their cables and surge protection products, debuted a line of innovative new Monster GreenPower products designed to help customers easily save energy and money by automatically cutting off energy supply to peripherals like monitors, printers, and computer speakers, when they are not in use. It automatically reduces the vampire load energy drains. Available in 3 power centers.
MDP 900 ($129.95)
10 outlets (5 GreenPower controlled)
GreenPower feature (automatic powering on and off of supporting peripherals)
2 USB charging ports
1 surge protected Ethernet connection
1 surge protected phone connection
2 ultra low-loss, surge protected coaxial connections

Monster patented Monster PC Clean Power technology (filters electrical noise and interference for reliable data transfer and protection against data loss, data corruption, and system lockups)
MDP 800 ($99.95)
Looks almost identical to the MDP 900.
8 outlets (4 GreenPower Controlled)
GreenPower feature (automatic powering on and off of supporting peripherals)
No USB charging ports
1 surge protected Ethernet connection
1 surge protected phone connection
2 ultra low-loss, surge protected coaxial connections

Monster patented Monster PC Clean Power technology (filters electrical noise and interference for reliable data transfer and protection against data loss, data corruption, and system lockups)
MDP 650 ($69.95)
Significantly smaller in comparison to the MDP 900 and MDP 800
6 outlets (5 GreenPower controlled)
GreenPower feature (automatic powering on and off of supporting peripherals) can't be disabled
1 surge protected phone connection
No Monster patented Monster PC Clean Power technology (filters electrical noise and interference for reliable data transfer and protection against data loss, data corruption, and system lockups)
www.monstercables.com

The iGo Charging Solution ($19.99)
Another way to reduce e-waste is by using just one charger for all your electronics. iGo makes a wall charger with very low standby power. It has an Energy Star 4 star rating, which is 70% better than the Energy Star 2.0 criteria. Using one iGo wall charger, with tips to match your electronics, instead of the five wall chargers found in the typical household, draws up to 96% less power and reduces the waste that ends up in landfills.
You can also purchase an iGo car charger that fits your tips, eliminating the need to purchase separate car chargers for your electronics.
www.iGo.com

Fuji EnviroMax Batteries
The materials that make up a Fuji EnviroMAX battery are derived from the basic elements of the Earth. There is nothing inside a Fuji EnviroMAX battery that will harm the environment if it is disposed of through normal waste systems. Fuji EnviroMAX batteries contain no harmful mercury, cadmium - nor are they packaged with dangerous (and non-recyclable) PVC plastic. Instead, Fuji EnviroMAX batteries are made in some of the world's most eco-respectful battery plants, operating under some of the strictest standards of environmental responsibility. In fact, most of all resources used in the Fuji EnviroMAX manufacturing process are reused and recycled! What's more, Fuji EnviroMAX batteries are labeled and packaged with recycled paper and P.E.T. plastic.
Available in April at Kings Supermarkets, Shop Rite Supermarkets (New Jersey), in "super alkaline" ($3.99) and "digital alkaline" ($5.99) versions.
For more information about Fuji EnviroMAX batteries, please visit www.greenfuji.com.

T-Mobiles Motorola Renew
T-Mobile's Motorola W233 Renew is billed as the world's first carbon neutral cell phone. Its made almost entirely of recycled water bottles (at least the plastic parts) and it comes in packaging made from 100 percent recycled material. Designed to make you feel good, the box is smaller than the average cell phone box, plain and brown, and of course, you should remember to recycle the box once you take out your phone.
The phone itself is basic, with clear talk sound, an mp3 player and very decent battery life, but you wont find a camera or many more fancy features. Its just an eco-friendly phone that can be recycled when youre tired of it. It's also a bargain, at just $9.99 with service. www.motorola.com/renew

ASUS U6V-V1-Bamboo 12.1-Inch Laptop
Some companies are beginning to use bamboo in electronics as a way to promote environmentally-friendly products. Bamboo is a natural material, a self-regenerating plant, and Asus has designed a Limited Edition series of laptops taking full advantage of its beauty. The ASUS U6V-B1 (bamboo) notebook is made of Eco-friendly bamboo material on the LCD cover and palm rest. The touch pad also has bamboo fiber patterns on it.
Bamboo is sustainable and very strong, easy and quick to grow, requires very little water, helps reduce CO2 and is fairly pest resistant. Its also much easier to recycle than plastic when it comes time to trade in your laptop for next years model.
www.asus.com


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