Guide to energy-saving devices

There is a growing number of devices businesses and home users can buy to help reduce their carbon footprint, from energy-saving lightbulbs to solar chargers....

There is a growing range of devices businesses and home users can buy to help reduce their carbon footprint, from energy-saving lightbulbs to solar chargers. Here is a selection of what's out there:

Power saving

SMJ has produced a range of remote control standby boxes. These enable whatever is plugged into the receiver to be turned on and off. They are designed to save on the energy lost when electrical devices are kept in standby mode. The single-plug version has a 25m range. The twin-pack remote control standby saver enables whatever is plugged into the two receivers to be turned on and off independently and has a 50m range. There is also ByeByeStandby, the Triple pack remote control standby saver. This has a 30m range.

Philips Eco light bulbs

Philips is offering several energy efficient light bulbs. These are designed to help households and businesses save both energy and money. They come in two styles, a conventional stick and a new sleeker soft tone version. Available in a range of wattage from 8W (40W equivalent) to 20W (100W equivalent).


Freeloader - Freeloader is an advanced portable charging system that can power any handheld device anywhere, anytime. Freeloader takes power from its solar panels or via a supplied charge cable that plugs into a computer's USB. Once charged, Freeloader's internal battery can power an iPod for 18hours.

Solio - The Solio solar-powered charger is designed to charge all handheld electronic products at home or on the move. It can be used to charge any mobile device from cell phones and iPods, to digital cameras, game players, and GPS.

USB Cell Rechargeable AA Battery - USBCELL is a new Rechargeable AA Battery that does not need a charger! Simply pull off the lid and charge from any USB port on a computer, games console or on the go in a Laptop achieving a full charge in 5hours. They can even be charged in normal approved battery chargers.

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