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8 gadgets to save money and go green

Save money, and save the environment

There's no doubt that 'green' is one of the buzz words of the moment, and little changes can make a big impact on the environment, local and global. We've picked out eight of the best gadgets that are designed to improve the green credentials of your office. We'll help you save money, and save the environment.


Price: Free

How it Saves: Ecocho proclaims itself to be the world's first 'green search engine' because it aims to offset greenhouse gas emissions by sponsoring the growth of up to two trees for every 1,000 searches users make through the ecocho site, which uses Yahoo and Google search-engine technologies.

The company has an agreement with Yahoo and Google to receive a percentage of advertising revenue. That money is then used to purchase carbon offset credits through the New South Wales government Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme, said Ecocho founder Tim Macdonald.

The search engine could be a very good thing after a US physicist claimed that using Google to conduct two web searches produces the same amount of carbon emissions as boiling a kettle.

Lenovo ThinkVision L2440x LED Monitor

Price: £439

How it saves: The ThinkVision L2440x is a 24in white LED monitor that supports 1920x1200 resolution and features a USB 2.0 hub (1 up 4 down), as well as a DisplayPort input. It uses just 29 Watts of power to operate, which Lenovo claims is 60 percent less energy than traditional LCD screens. That's not all though. Lenovo also says it's Mercury, Arsenic and PVC free, and uses 65 percent recycled packaging materials.

Google PowerMeter

Price: Free

How it saves: This Google app integrates into the iGoogle platform (Google's personalisable home page that can provide all your web needs on one page) and is designed show how much electricity devices are consuming.

Currently a prototype, the app takes data from a an electricity meter and displays it in a graph. The PowerMeter can show the current day's electricity consumption compared to the day before, but the graph can be expanded to get a historical view of peaks and troughs in electricity usage.

Powerwise Adaptive Wakeup

Price: Starting from £7.50 per PC

How it saves: According to Modus Interactive, which created the Powerwise Adaptive Wakeup technology, the software learns the pattern of when a computer is switched on, off and left idle during the working day. It then will automatically switch on and off the PC just minutes before an employee arrives at or leaves their desk.

This ensures the PC does not remain powered on overnight, if an employee forgets to turn it off, saving energy and money. The software also allow IT administrators to monitor the power state of any computer and its devices in an office, ensuring they can automatically shutdown any machines not in use.

  1. Improve your office's environmental credentials
  2. A green search engine and an LED monitor that uses 60 percent less energy

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