5 Great Green Electronics You Should Consider
The concept of “going green” has become increasingly popular in recent years. Not only do you get to do your part in protecting the environment by purchasing various types of green products, but you also get to save yourself a little bit of money at the same time. Because green products are eco-friendly, have low energy use and other attributes that are considered environmentally conscious, they traditionally cost much less to run with regards to electricity than products in the past.
The green movement has also penetrated the realm of home electronics. You can find a wide variety of different green devices that allow you to do your part and keep a little bit more of that hard-earned money in your wallet where it belongs.
High definition television sets
High definition television sets have come a long way in recent years with regards to image quality. Many people don’t realize that they’ve also come a long way in being environmentally friendly as well. LED television sets like the RCA 42” Class 1080p Set offer full high definition resolution, crystal clear image quality and also offer energy saving power modes at the same time.
Even today’s big screen televisions are much greener than the large tube television sets of the past. Many TVs also have a built-in meter that you can use to gauge just how much power a set is using when you adjust certain settings. When you increase the brightness or backlight on the set, for example, the television will literally show you how much energy you’re using.
Audio and home theater equipment
Many different audio and home theater equipment packages are designed to be green for a variety of reasons. For starters, these devices are commonly plugged in all year round. While it’s true that most electronics draw “phantom power” when plugged in, even if they’re powered off, products like the Panasonic Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Home Theater are designed to use as little energy as possible, even when they’re in use. Despite those lower power modes, you’re not compromising any audio or image quality. Home theater systems like these are truly the best way to enjoy cinema-quality movies in the comfort of your own home and do your part to help protect the environment while you do it.
Purchasing an eco-friendly laptop computer like the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display has a couple of advantages. For starters, the unit is designed to require less power to run, which means it’ll ultimately cost you less money when you plug it into a wall outlet to charge the built-in battery. The battery is also designed to be high capacity, which means you’ll be able to go for longer periods of time between charges. It’s rumored that Apple’s upcoming refresh of the MacBook Pro laptop will see “all day” battery life, allowing users to go as long as 12 hours between charges. Many laptop computer components, like the batteries, can also be recycled when it comes time to get rid of your older unit and purchase an upgrade.
Desktop computers have long been among the most energy-inefficient devices that a person can have in their home. Desktop computers are designed to be run for long periods of time. Some people go days or even weeks without a single reboot. Even if you’re not using your desktop, it’s using energy and costing you money when it’s plugged in or turned on.
Today’s desktop computers, however, have a variety of energy-saving features that are designed to minimize the device’s footprint and make sure you aren’t wasting any of your money. The ways in which computers are now constructed have become more efficient, with the individual parts that make up a desktop taking less energy to use. Additionally, these components have streamlined cooling systems designed both to allow the computer to run cooler than it would have in the past and for the system itself to cool the components as efficiently as it can.
LCD computer monitors have gone green in recent years in a similar way to high definition television sets. While the picture quality of these monitors has increased, the power consumption has dramatically decreased. Additionally, the vast majority of computer monitors today are made almost entirely of recyclable parts. Not only will your monitor use less energy while plugged into your computer, but you’ll also be able to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way when the day comes that you decide you’re done using it. The cathode ray tube monitors of the past were big and boxy and used an incredible amount of energy during even light periods of use. Additionally, most of the components inside those CRT monitors couldn’t be recycled and still litter landfills across the country to this day.