As we ease into summer, the warm months ahead are a great opportunity to incorporate some “cool” eco-friendly items into your routine. Here are some green gadgets that will sustain you–and the environment–all summer.
- Smartphone sprinkler systems
The Green IQ Smart Sprinkler allows you to control how your lawn is watered, right from your phone. The EPA says average lawns across the country need just an inch of water a week. But here’s a way to prevent water waste that’s bad for the planet and your pocketbook.
- Bottle cutters
All those summer parties can lead to a pile up of empty beverage bottles. The Kinkajou Bottle Cutter allows you to turn an empty bottle of your choice into a brand new reusuable glass. Cutting down on glass waste helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions and lowers the demand for energy needed to produce these bottles. Not only do you cut down on waste, you’ll have a new glass with cool designs from your favorite bottles!
- Portable solar charging panels
If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors this season, it can be a constant struggle to find an outlet to charge your devices. These portable solar charging panels absorb sunlight, and you can easily connect your device’s USB to charge from anywhere there’s sunlight. The millions of charging outlets worldwide add up to large amounts of CO2 emissions overtime.
You don’t have to spend money on gadgets to be green this season. On cooler nights, crack a window or two for some free A/C. If you have some empty barrels, catch the rainwater from summer storms and reuse it to water your lawns and plants. Save on your electric bills by turning off the lights and taking advantage of longer sunlight hours.
For more ways to be eco-friendly (and wallet-friendly), be sure to check out CUB’s page on energy efficiency.