Earth Day Green Tips – Energy Saving Gadgets

Earth Day is only eight days away, so we contacted our friends at Ideal Bite to see if they had some tips to share. For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, Ideal Bite offers light green living tips for real people who lead busy lives and want to make small changes that add up to big results. (In other words it’s for all of us who don’t have the time or the energy to reduce their carbon footprint to zero.) Their Daily Tips cover everything from energy saving gadgets to eco-pet products to saving money at the gas pump. In addition to their general Daily Tips newsletter, they also offer newsletters for eco-living in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.

Here’s one of my favorite Ideal Bite tips from a couple of months ago – Energy Saving Gadgets. The Trevor Baylis Eco Media Player sounds especially sweet. Anyone out there have one yet?

What’s underneath your trench coat?

Besides your birthday suit. Answer: gizmos that put Inspector Gadget to shame. Here are our energy-saving, waste-reducing green gadget picks. Now go-go gadget eco-tip!

The Benefits

  • Getting a clue about sustainability. Geeks (including girl geeks) love being on the cutting edge – and green technology that combines recycled and sustainable materials with usefulness is the newest wave of gadgetry.
  • Wowsers! These contraptions won over the gizmo-nerds on the Bite team.

Personally Speaking

Brett, who bikes to work on his tricked-out Surly Karate Monkey (even through the MT snow), mounted a HYmini on his bike and uses it to charge his cell phone.
Wanna Try?

  • HYmini – a portable charger for your cell or mp3 player that powers up using solar and/or wind energy ($50). (ThinkGeek has the HYmini for $49.95 and don’t forget to use coupons).
  • Trevor Baylis Eco Media Player – video and MP3 player, radio, flashlight, and cell-phone charger all in one wind-up gadget (£130/$259).
  • Vers iPod Dock – 15-watt speaker with remote that amplifies music from your iPod or iPhone; made using sustainable wood and packaged in recycled materials ($150).
  • USBCell AA Batteries – batteries you can recharge hundreds of times using your computer’s USB ports ($17.50/2).
  • Dynamo Illuminator Flashlight – get a forearm workout and a lotta light with this wind-up flashlight ($7.50).
  • Make – DIY instructions for making everything from furniture to an LED bike helmet.

Mini HyMINI Review

I have a HyMINI wind-powered charger that usually doubles as an LED bike light when I’m getting around San Francisco at night. It’s lighter than it looks, and charges up even when I’m not biking fast as the, uh, wind. I love the efficiency of the gadget, and, last but not least, it works great as a conversation piece when you’re parking your bike and wanna chat up the cute biker chaining up their bike next to you.

-Toshio…off to ride like the wind…