Green Gadgets

by Sandra Ramani

Here are four green gadgets that help save the planet—and keep your monthly bills down, too.

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GreenWorks G-MAX Lawn System All GreenWorks products—which include lawn mowers, blowers, chainsaws and snow throwers—are powered by rechargeable lithium batteries, not gas, and have a zero carbon footprint and emissions, which equals zero air pollution. A real standout product is the Twin Force G-Max 40-Volt Li-Ion 20-inch Mower, which has a cutting-edge dual-blade design and technology that allows for longer battery life and added power. Lawn mower, $359;

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NanoLeaf LED Light Bulb Available in 75-, 100- and 120-watt equivalents, this energy-saving bulb has a unique design that helps distribute light evenly in all directions. The mercury-free and lead-free materials also never overheat. Each bulb has a life expectancy of about 30,000 hours, and can save up to 88 percent of electricity in comparison. Since it is able to operate at such high efficiency, there is very little energy wasted and lost in the form of heat. From $35;

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Belkin WeMo Light Switch You just need Wi-Fi and an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet to make use of Belkin’s energy-saving switch, which can be remotely controlled from inside the home or from anywhere in the world to make sure the lights are off when you’re out—or on to welcome you back home.  $49;

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Nest Learning Thermostat This easy-to-install thermostat “learns” your temperature preferences based on when you lower and raise it. After about a week, it programs itself to follow those patterns, saving users up to 20 percent on heating and cooling bills. It even senses when you’ve left the house and automatically
adjusts to avoid heating or cooling an empty space. The thermostat can be further controlled from your smartphone, tablet or laptop. $249;

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