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In honor of Earth Day, Gizmodo.com put out a list of their Top 9 Tools to Help You Stay Green on Earth Day. Their list includes everything from an electric car to a fancy LED lightbulb, but here are our three favorites (which we think are the most practical out of the bunch):
Gizmodo: "Belkin's Conserve line has an array of eco-friendly surge protectors and power strips, but our favorite is the Conserve Socket. Some devices will continue to suck power, even if they're not turned on. The Conserve Socket will cut power to any plugged-in device after a set interval of time. $10"
Our take: Hit the Start button, and you've got power. Set the timer, and it automatically cuts power after ½, 3, or 6 hours. This little guy would be great for things like curling irons, and since it eliminates standby power, it would prevent damage from overcharging of cell phone or camera batteries.
Gizmodo: "Eco Media Player. The Eco Media Player lives up to its name by using a hand-crank for power. Spin the dynamo for a minute and it yields 45 minutes of playback time (you can also charge it via USB for 55 hours of playback time). And it works nice with all the major file formats including MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC and OGG, storing files on SD card or on the 4 gigs of internal memory. ~$165"
Our take: One minute of work for 45 minutes of music? Not a bad trade when you think about it. Crank it up on your way to the gym and you're set for your whole workout. And for around the same price as an iPod Nano, you could get one for the kids for a more responsible version of their first MP3 player.
Gizmodo: "The Smart Faucet may look simple, but this little on/off mechanism for sinks could save you upwards of 5000 gallons of water a year. The time it takes for you to turn a sink faucet on, fill a glass or rinse a dish, then turn the faucet off will always result in wasted water. The Smart Faucet only turns on when you hold an object against it, and immediately kicks off when you move that object away. $29"
Our take: 5000 gallons of water a year, just by using a faucet trigger? Sounds great, but sometimes the convenience of a big kitchen faucet + sprayer just can't be beat. But since there is a latch for continuous flow, this faucet would be fine in a bathroom sink - especially for kids. (Anyone else seeing a trend here? Green gadgets are great for kids!)
Read the whole list here.