2009 Green Electronics Holiday Shopping Guide

Green technology pickings this year as a gift for someone wanting cool gear and eco-friendly features are looking really great. Manufacturers large and small, paying attention to growing consumer demand for these types of products, are turning out green-focused devices across a range of categories – be it electronics, appliances, computers or related accessories. The most common feature found across these various items is greater energy efficiency, though a growing number as well are at least partially constructed from some type of recycled materials and/or can be recycled themselves.

We’ve turned to e-commerce partner Amazon.com to help us sort out, according to favorite user ratings, some of the best green tech gifts ideas for the 2009 holiday season. Take note that these are not all televisions, computers and other things which one might consider typical green gadgets – we believe the solution to a green lifestyle to be better rounded, so we are offering some suggestions we consider green tech even though they are more household or personal care in nature.

Braun Series 7-790cc


image via Amazon.com

image via Amazon.com

 There’s not much to say about the Braun Series 7-790cc electric shaver green tech wise. It is an electric razor with a lot of cool features, such as a powerful shaving motor, a floating head to adapt to the skin surface, a one-touch clean system and a quick charge time of just five minutes for that emergency shave before you run out the door. What makes it green tech then? The included battery charger is Energy Star certified, meaning it uses a lot less energy than other models. You could also just use a straight razor, but if you must do electric shaves, at least do them green.

Shop Amazon.com for the Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Shaver

Monster Power HD Center 850

image via Amazon.com

image via Amazon.com

Many consumer electronics, even those certified as being energy efficient, still suck power when turned off. It is a small amount of power, but a draw on the grid and your electrical bill nonetheless. This is where a smart power strip like the Monster Power HD Center 850 comes into play. Products like this automatically completely cut the power to plugged-in items when the item plugged into the main “control” outlet is turned off. Not all the outlets are slave ones though, so you should make sure to note that. You also get surge protection, compatibility with powerline communications and electrical noise removal.

Shop Amazon.com for the Monster Power HD PowerCenter 850 with Green Power [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]

Western Digital 1TB Caviar Green

image via Amazon.com

image via Amazon.com

Computer hard drives can be a huge draw for the power needs of a typical desktop PC. Western Digital has a drive on its hands – the 1TB Caviar Green – designed to significantly cut down on that energy usage. This particular internal hard drive makes use of several integrated technologies to cut the energy drain by up to 40 percent compared to standard desktop hard drives, offering average drive power savings of up to five watts. These technologies also contribute to lower operating temperatures and quieter operations.

Shop Amazon.com for the Western Digital SATA 32MB Cache GreenPower Bulk/OEM Hard Drive

I am the editor-in-chief and founder for EarthTechling. This site is my desire to bring the world of green technology to consumers in a timely and informative matter. Prior to this my previous ventures have included a strong freelance writing career and time spent at Silicon Valley start ups.

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