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Thursday, January 2, 2014


Ecobee: A Green Solution to Energy Monitoring


Heating and cooling accounts for over 50 percent of your energy usage, and monitoring this is an easy way to be more green and save yourself some money. An ecobee thermostat is an effective, easy to use solution to your temperature-related energy usage — a study of the users of this device have shown that “on average Ecobee homeowners saved 24% on their heating and 21% on their cooling energy costs versus leaving their thermostat at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.”


Well, I’m sure many of you don’t leave your thermostat at 72 degrees, but the Ecobee monitors your consumption rates and figures out how you can save the most energy and money over time. The device is also WIFI-enabled so you can control the temperature of your home or office from a smart phone or laptop and you can also view your energy usage and savings statistics. With a full-color touch screen, it’s a great way to help you lessen your environmental impact, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.


There are both residential and commercial options for the device — both are easy to use, and accessible from anywhere and at any time. The Energy Management System can control the temperature in multiple locations from one device. (more…)

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Monday, December 16, 2013

gift guide for the green outdoors guy

bamboo skateboards

Howz’ about getting your resident skateboarder a new deck made out of 70% renewable bamboo? Sweet graphics too – $35 from (add your own trucks)

nau men's vest

For the urban hipster on your list – he’ll stay warm in style in this vintage-inspired down BYOB vest from Nau. The fabric is made from recycled polyester and it’s insulated with renewable 800-fill goose down. Marked down to a cozy $119 at

garmin approach G6 gof GPS

For the golfer on your list – the Garmin Approach golf GPS will let your favorite golfer navigate over 30,000 international golf course with ease (that is if he’s got his swing together).  Features a rechargeable battery, a bright sunlight-readable touchscreen, it’s pocket-sized, rugged and waterproof and comes with free lifetime map updates. $299.99 @ or

bushnell solarwrap charger

If you know a guy who has a bunch of USB-powered gadgets and gizmos and spends a bunch of time outdoors you may want to consider getting him something to keep all those toys powered-up. Bushnell happens to make a solar charging pad that can roll-up to fit in easily into a backpack or pocket. The lightweight charger can be charged via USB or sunlight and then be a source of juice for your iPhone, iPod or other gadget. You can find it for at for around $65.

Rip Curl tide watch

For the surfer in the family – Rip Curl makes some great watches for the surfing set  – their A1080 World Tide Digital watch (above) has a digital movement with world tide and world time function, titanium case that comes programmed with 601 world locations and 500 pre-set beach locations. You can easily view pre-set tidal information for the next 15 years. Features a digital compass, sunrise and sunset times, chronograph, count-down timer, moon phases and alarm and it’s water-resistant to 200 M (660 feet) find it at Rip Curl or

related: more green gift ideas from

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Good Green Gifts for Him and Her

If you’re like me and about to do your Christmas shopping, let me give you a head start with this list of neat little green gadgets that you can get for your significant other or a friend. There are so many gnice options for eco-gifts this Christmas, but I’ll list just a few to help you on your search or help you get started on your own ideas.


First, have you ever checked out water powered clocks and gadgets? At they have a sweet $12 water powered clock. Just fill the clock’s liquid reservoirs in the back with any liquid of your choice and it will display the time and date clearly for you to read on your desk. It works by extracting the electrons from the liquid molecules to provide the electric current.  (more…)

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Green Giveaway: Snow Lizard Battery Powered, Solar iPhone Cases – 2 Winners

 slxtreme 5 solar iphone cae orange

UPDATE: It’s official: Congratulations to our 2 lucky winners (Sharon and Ian) … Thank you veryone for participating … stay tuned for the kickoff of our next Great Green Giveaway.

If you’re the outdoor type and an iPhone user this may just be the giveaway for you and your pals. The good folks at Snow Lizard are giving two lucky winners their choice of an SLXtreme 5 (above – for iPhone 5/5S) or SLXtreme 4 (below – for iPhone 4/4S) solar, battery-powered iPhone case. The rugged, waterproof, battery-boosting cases for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5S can keep your iPhone charged-up and protected wherever you go – even below water. Two winners will have their choice of case and color (see below for color info).

slxtreme 4 solar iphone case black

Note: the SLXtreme 5 will be available in early December – the winner will get one of the first ones available. Contest is open to residents of USA or Canada. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

The SLXtreme 4/4S is available in black, orange, yellow, urban camo, white and tan; The SLXtreme 5/5S will come in orange, yellow or black.

There will be two winners selected at random. Retail value: SLXtreme 4 $129.99 / SLXtreme 5 $149.99; prize includes free shipping to USA or Canada. (more…)

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Clip-On Solar Charger for Power On-the-Go

clip-on solar charger

Have you ever had your phone or camera die when at the beach and a perfect photo opportunity comes up? If this has happened to you, then I have some great news and a unique green solution. OC Outdoor Solar now has a KickStarter program online for you to back the project to make this solution possible.

OC Outdoor Solar will provide a clip on, flexible solar panel that can be attached to and folded into a beach umbrella. What’s great is that this is not just a solution for when you’re at the beach, but also when hiking, at a music festival, or anywhere else – whether or not you use the umbrella with it.

clip-on solar charger folded.

The USB cord is 3 meters in length, which is a little less than 10 feet, which is long enough for you to lounge on your beach towel while having your phone or USB device plugged in. The weight of the solar panel charger is 0.4 pounds, measures 8.5 inches by 18 inches when expanded, and 8.5 inches by 4.5 inches and 1 inch in width when folded, making it easy to take along with you. It will take about four hours in direct sunlight to fully charge a typical smartphone with an empty battery, and if you spend a day at the beach or take a hike I’m sure you’ll be out for longer than this.

I think this product is a great idea, and will be convenient for those who spend a lot of time outdoors and aren’t always near an outlet to charge their USB device. In addition to keeping you charged on the go, charging your gadgets off-grid also has some larger benefits – you will be helping to slow global warming by using less electricity, you’ll save money and you’ll be getting your own little slice of energy independence. You can check out the OC Outdoor Solar’s project at:

related: if you need more portable solar power capacity check out our GoSol Power review

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

GoSol Power for portable solar power


GoSol Power is a company that specializes in solar-powered products and portable power generators. These products are engineered by the Genesis Technologies Group which creates innovative products that are effective, portable and environmentally friendly. The solar products are mobile and grid-free, hence widening the opportunities to use solar power instead of depending on toxic and polluting non-renewables. The line of portable products includes: generators, power boxes and charging stations with a sprinkling of accessories as well.

Generators: They offer generators which are portable and self-contained, which reduces the costs of connecting to power grids when you travel to remote locations. Basically, it gives you the opportunity to be energy-independent through harnessing energy from the sun. The features of generators are pretty awesome, too:

- Up to 14,400 Watts of power
- Unique solar tracking technology
- Automated deploy and stow
- No Noise
- No Black Exhaust Smoke
- No Diesel Fuel
- Operational 24/7
- GPS locator and Wi-Fi capable

gosol power box

Power Boxes: The Power Box is literally a box of power that is reliable and portable. The case is water-proof and contains a foldable solar panel – seriously, how cool is that? You can keep your electronic devices charged everywhere you go – for those who perpetually attached to their phones/laptops/tablets. You can go camping, fishing or hiking with this box of technological goodness! Would surely come in handy in emergency situations. (more…)

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Monday, October 14, 2013

a stylish electric bike – the faraday porteur

faraday porteur electric bike

An e-bike with understated style, elegant in its design, look and simplicity – the Faraday Porteur is an electric bike designed for those with good taste and more than a few bucks allocated to their alternative transportation budget.

faraday porteur e-bike

In addition to its sexy retro design and high-end functionality this uni-sex EV offers some other neat stuff. Unlike most clunky-looking e-bikes with their boxy battery packs and boring silhouettes the Porteur packs some style – a battery is hidden in the bike’s classic-looking frame, a snazzy (more…)

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Monday, October 7, 2013

green gadget: lono lawn sprinkler controller and app

lono app

Love ‘em or hate ‘em there’s no denying that America is awash in a sea of verdant green lawns and they’re all thirsty.

With all our crazy weather patterns and changing climate extremes, water conservation has become an important issue in our everyday lives. Andrew Howlett came up with the idea for the Lono app and Sprinkler Controller to allow people the ultimate real-time control of their lawn watering functions. The controller works with either your existing or new sprinkler system.

lono smartphone app

Lono has wifi, bluetooth, a battery backup, display, snooze button, and slots for up to 20 zones all surrounded by a splash resistant case. Lono is designed to let you control your sprinkler system anywhere, anytime with your smart phone. (more…)

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