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Green Gadgets For Dummies

Joe Hutsko, Tom Zeller, Jr. (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-0-470-46914-9
360 pages
June 2009
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Save some green by going green with these environmentally friendly gadgets!

With concern for the future of our environment growing stronger and more serious every day, there has never been a better time to take a new approach to some of the most popular gizmos and gadgets on the market and learn how you can convernt to electronics that have minimal environmental impact.

Green gadgets encompass everything from iPods to energy-efficient home entertainment devices to solar laptop chargers and crank-powered gizmos. This helpful resource explains how to research green gadgets, make a smart purchasing decision, use products you already own in a more environmentally friendly way, and say goodbye to electronics that zap both energy and money.

  • Explore the environmental and financial benefits of green gadgets with this friendly reference
  • Discusses which gadgets save energy-and which ones create energy
  • Learn ways to offset your carbon footprint when you can't reduce consumption
  • Get tips for understanding products labels and avoiding "greenwash"
  • Discover how to calculate the energy and money your gadgets consume

Get moving and start living green with this informative guide to environmentally and wallet-friendly gadgets!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Table of Contents



Part I: Settling into a Green Gadget Mindset.

Chapter 1: Mother Nature’s Green-Eyed View of Gadgets.

Chapter 2: Practicing Green Gadget Living.

Part II: Getting Green with Gadgets You Own.

Chapter 3: Saving Money (and the Planet) with Rechargeable Batteries.

Chapter 4: Maximizing Energy Savings for Your Portable Gadgets.

Chapter 5: Energy Savings All Around the House.

Part III: Minimizing Your Computer’s Carbon Footprint.

Chapter 6: Your Computer’s Energy Use.

Chapter 7: Reducing Energy Consumption in Windows.

Chapter 8: Conserving Power with Your Mac’s Energy-Saver Settings.

Part IV: Acquiring Green Gadgets and Gear.

Chapter 9: Knowing the Difference Between Truly Green and Greenwash Hype.

Chapter 10: Choosing Green Mac and Windows Computers.

Chapter 11: Buying Green Mobile Phones and Handheld Gadgets.

Chapter 12: Getting Green Gadgets for on the Go.

Chapter 13: Adding Green Gadgets around the House.

Part V: Ridding Yourself of Gadgets the Green Way.

Chapter 14: Donating, Gifting, and Selling Unwanted Gadgets.

Chapter 15: Erasing Your Personal Information before Getting Rid of Gadgets.

Chapter 16: Recycling and Properly Disposing of Hopelessly Useless Gadgets.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Cool Green PC Peripherals and Accessories.

Chapter 18: Ten Green Gadget Designs.

Chapter 19: Ten Green Gadget Buying Tips.

Chapter 20: Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Green Gadgets.


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Author Information

Joe Hutsko is a technology enthusiast, a journalist, an author, and a consultant. He contributes to the New York Times blog Green Inc., and has covered the latest tech trends for Fortune, MSNBC.com, Wired, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Macworld, PC World, TV Guide, and others. He runs the green gadget blog gGadget.org and his personal Web site, JOEyGADGET.com.
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Find general information about green gadgets

CNET Green Tech: news.cnet.com/greentech

Electronic House: www.electronichouse.com

EcoGeek: www.ecogeek.org

The Fun Times Guide to Living Green: www.green.thefuntimesguide.com

Green Daily: www.greendaily.com/category/gadgets-and-tech

Greenpeace: www.greenpeace.org/electronics

Inhabitat: www.inhabitat.com/category/green-gadgets

Mother Nature Network: www.mnn.com/technology

PC magazine Green Tech: www.pcmag.com/category2/0,2806,2256470,00.asp

TreeHugger: www.treehugger.com

Check out the Greener Gadgets Design Competition


Search ratings and reviews of green electronics

MyGreenElectronics.org: www.MyGreenElectronics.org

Greener Choices: www.GreenerChoices.org

Energy Star: www.EnergyStar.gov

Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT): www.EPEAT.net

Calculate the estimated carbon footprint of your household or individual gadgets

MyGreenElectronics.org: www.mygreenelectronics.org/EnergyCalculator.aspx

Home Energy Saver:

Energy Star HomeCalc and Home Energy Yardstick: www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=bulk_purchasing.bus_purchasing

Carbon Footprint: www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx

UC Berkeley carbon footprint: coolclimate.berkeley.edu

WattzOn: www.wattzon.com
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Press Release

June 19, 2009
Green Gadgets For Dummies

Today, the rush to “go green” is impacting everything from the automobile industry to building design. In fact, there’s a growing market of devices that help people monitor their “greenness,” as well as a new breed of gadgets that not only take a new environmentally friendlier design approach, but a more energy-efficient approach to power consumption. For anyone interested in saving money, reducing their carbon footprint, or just being more environmentally friendly with their personal electronics, Wiley Publishing is releasing GREEN GADGETS FOR DUMMIES (Wiley Publishing, Inc.; June 2009; $24.99), the definitive guide to environmentally and wallet-friendly gadgets. Written by Joe Hutsko, who contributes to the New York Times Green Inc. blog, the book explains how to research gadget buying decisions, how to use products in a more environmentally-friendly way, and how to say goodbye to expired electronics with minimal environmental impact. As New York Times Green Inc. editor Tom Zeller, Jr. writes in his foreword to GREEN GADGETS FOR DUMMIES:

What if there were “greener” versions of the technologies—like computers and cell phones—that we use frequently, and upgrade regularly?

Of course, such technologies do exist, and that’s part of what Joe Hutsko has assembled here: A guide to green gadgetry and how you can best deploy it to your own personal environmental advantage.

But this is not just a buying guide, and there’s a key point in that: Making better, less wasteful use of the gadgets you already own, and finding sensible ways to reduce, reuse and recycle those things you no longer need, are first-order strategies for consumers seeking to limit their overall footprint.

So, too, is learning to understand the increasingly complex eco-friendly and energy-efficient labeling systems used to keep consumers informed. You’ll find guidance on these matters here as well.

Over 15 years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched Energy Star, a voluntary labeling program that was designed to promote and recognize energy-efficiency in computer monitors, climate control equipment, and other technologies. The term “green computing” was born. Today, “green gadgets” encompass everything from iPods and energy-efficient home entertainment devices, to solar laptop chargers and crank-powered gizmos. They not only benefit the environment, they often also have a financial upside. GREEN GADGETS FOR DUMMIES covers the latest devices as well as:

  • The environmental and financial benefits of green gadgets
  • Which gadgets save energy-and which ones waste it
  • Ways to offset your gadgets’ collective carbon footprint when consumption can’t be reduced
  • Tips for understanding products labels and avoiding “greenwash” hype
  • How to calculate the energy and money gadgets consume

Designed for gadget fanatics, readers who care about the environment, and anyone interested in saving money, GREEN GADGETS FOR DUMMIES provides an overview of what green gadgets are, the benefits they provide, and how to go about using green technology in everyday life.

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