By Allison Leahy on April 7, 2011
Appliances like refrigerators, microwaves, desktops and televisions draw power from the grid even when they’re switched off, but just how many kWh are lost to these energy vampires? These inexpensive smart tools will find your answers and save you greenbacks.
By Becky Striepe on February 19, 2010
There are all manner of fancy gadgets out there to help folks reduce their vampire power consumption, but the simplest solution for plug-in chargers is to just unplug them from the wall — but even that can be a bit of a pain.
By LiveOAK Staff on February 23, 2009
Here’s a cool entry to Greener Gadgets that aims to teach kids about energy consumption and conservation. The Power Hog is an a power consumption metering piggy bank. Simply plug your kids TV, or Xbox, computer… whatever power hungry thing they use into the Power Hog then plug the hog’s tail into the wall. Now [...]
By Paula Mitchell Bentley on February 18, 2009
An author named Jen Green has made it easy (and super affordable at $6.99 each on Amazon) to teach our kids how to go green. She has a series of books, “Why Should I…?” illustrated by Mike Gordon helping to answer those non-stop questions that kids always ask. These books not only say how we [...]
By Doug Gunzelmann on February 13, 2009
The “thrift paradox” describes the problem of spending money to stimulate the economy without continuing down the path of consumerism that led us into our current economic state. The phrase was coined by John Maynard Keynes, yet there is a way to both spend and save at the same time…and you can be green about [...]