5 Must-Have Green Tech Upgrades For Earth Day 2013

On April 22nd, people around the world will celebrate Earth Day for the 43rd time. At EarthTechling, we try to live like every day is Earth Day, because after all, just being kind to the planet one day a year won’t make one iota of difference. Pollution and environmental destruction don’t take a day off, so why should we?

Because we’d never do without technology what’s easier and greener with it, we’ve rounded up five green tech upgrades that are perfect for Earth Day. Switch to one or more of these, and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint all year long.

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Image via katerha/Flickr

1. Switch to rechargeable batteries

This Earth Day, collect all of the battery-powered devices you use left often, like cordless razors, video game controllers, and television remotes, and replace single use batteries with rechargeable ones. Not sure which brand is best? For the past few weeks I’ve been testing Energizer’s new “Recharge” brand of universal AA and AAA batteries which feature shorter charge times and up to 1,500 charge cycles. They’re perfect for devices that need frequent charging, like toys, digital cameras, and handheld gaming systems. Paired with the redesigned Energizer Recharge Value Charger, which now boasts an oversized LED display to better communicate the charging process, you’ll be powered up in no time. And be sure to recycle all expired batteries responsibly.

2. Install Give02 carbon tracking app

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Image via GiveO2

From the halls of SXSW 2013 comes GiveO2, a free iPhone app that calculates your transport-related carbon footprint and provides incentives to offset those emissions without any long-division. Unlike other carbon footprint tracking tools, which require you to record or predict trip lengths, GiveO2 does all of the work for you. Using GPS and 3G connections, the app records all the movements you make throughout your day, whether they’re by foot, bike, or automobile, crunches them via a unique algorithm, and delivers instant an instant report on the damage your commute has caused. GiveO2′s creators also built in tools for action as well. Just tab over to the built-in “Carbon Credit Market” to offset your carbon output. “We offer to plant native trees in the Patagonia,” says co-founder Joaquin Dufeu, “and soon we will have projects located in Canada and the United States.”

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Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog