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Now according to those that knit their own lentil sandals, we should
all be saving the planet by not using so much power. So we here at
Absolute Gadget we have looked into the office dreamcatcher to bring you a
selection of power saving gadgets you can use to cut down on you carbon

One For All Energy Saver

You wouldn’t think that humble remote control could be a eco-warrior
but One For All, the company that specialises in remote control
decluttering has a new remote that will not only take the place of all
you other remotes but will make sure that your TV, DVD, PS3 and stereo
all get switched off properly and not just left on stand-by.

The One For All Energy Saver remote comes pre-programmed to control
the Power Plug, so you just press the special energy-saving green
button on the remote to make an energy saving of 90 per cent.  According to the company, a typical
set of equipment uses 9.7 Watts an hour if left on standby but by
using the ‘Energy Saver‘, this can be cut down to 0.9

According to its research, an LCD telly consumes 1.5
Watts per hour in standby mode, a total of 11.49 Kilowatts per year on
standby assuming the TV is in use three hours a day. A satellite
receiver uses 6 Watts an hour or 45.99 Kilowatts annually. And a
DVD recorder consumes 2.2 Watts per hour totalling 16.86 Kilowatts a
year on standby.  It reckons that the remote could save up to 74.34 Kilowatts a year or 44 Kg of carbon


{mospagebreak}D-Link Green Ethernet

Another staple of the house has become the wireless router. But little
did we know that one of these devices uses up some much energy sending
out wireless signals. D-Link believes it has the answer with a range of
wireless routers that cut down on power requirements by 40 per cent.

Its latest wireless routers incorporate energy-saving
technology that automatically detects connectivity status and cable length, and
then adjusts power accordingly. The routers also feature Wi-Fi scheduling that
allows users to easily program when the Wi-Fi radio signals are turned on and
off to further save energy consumption.

The DLink Green Wi-Fi Routers
achieve optimal energy savings when used with the Wi-Fi Scheduler, which
provides a user-selectable radio shutdown option (adjustable by day and
start/end times). Under the most favourable conditions with no wired links
active and Wi-Fi turned off, users may achieve the following power savings when
compared to a DLink conventional router without Green technology: DIR-655,
up to 32% and DIR-855, up
to 41 per cent.

The first products
incorporating the Green Ethernet technology are the DLink
Wireless N Gigabit Router (DIR-655)
and the new DLink Wireless N Quad Band
Gigabit Router (DIR-855)
. DLink offers a free firmware upgrade at www.dlink.co.uk/support for customers
who bought either of these products before the current Green firmware release.





{mospagebreak}Very PC

despite getting short shrift on BBC Two’s Dragon’s Den, Very PC has a
range of computers designed to cut down on energy requirements.

Its GreenPC Atom
only uses 24W of electricity and it’s ickle to boot. The company
reckons that because it is small you save on transportation costs as
well. Not only that it is made out of aluminium and steel, so it
believes that most of this can be recycled. The machine comes with an
Intel Atom inside and enough USB ports for anyone to use. While it
comes with Ubuntu Linux, Firefox and OpenOffice, you could if you
desired stick on XP, but it doesn’t recommend putting Vista on this
box. (Hint Vista needs a lot of power!)

We think that this computer would be an ideal candidate for a low-power media server.





{mospagebreak}Apple Juicz Solar Charger

Maybe you have gone out and
bought the reassuringly expensive MacBook Air and wondered how you are
going to power it now that you have no money left to pay the leccy

QuickerTek’s Apple Juicz is a solar charging solution for MacBook Airs, MacBooks and MacBooks Pros in the States.

Offering between 4 to 10 hours of charge for the Apple laptops, the
solar panels come with its own carry bag. There are three solar cells
that unfold from
10.5 inches to over 60 inches,
there’s also an LED charging status indicator so you have some idea
whether or not the Great British summer is actually doing anything to
your Apple product.

The charger needs a modified MagSafe adapter, which the company can
either modify an existing one or offer one of its modified efforts.
However, the 55 watt solar kit will set you $1000, while the 18 watt
option is $500 and the
27 watt version costs $600. Maybe, you’ll just have to put that bill on
the credit card and stop eating for a while.



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