You want to switch from dirty fossil fuels to clean renewable energy. But, depending on location and energy requirements, the typical home solar power installation can cost between $18,000 to $40,000. The purchase and installation of a wind turbine system large enough to power an entire house costs about $30,000. Even home-scale microhydro-electric systems can cost as much as $5,000, if you have a suitable water source nearby.
While the technology is improving and the costs are falling, full-scale, home renewable energy systems are still unattainable to most people. It is, however, possible to switch to renewable energy power sources on a smaller, gadget-sized scale.
The following are some actual (not just concept) products designed and developed to use renewable energy to power the most common gadgets and USB-enabled personal electronic devices, such as digital cameras, electric razors, e-readers, handheld video game systems, mobile phones, mp3 players, and tablet computers.
No matter what the method, choosing to charge your gadgets using renewable energy is certainly the environmentally-friendly thing to do for us gadget lovers. The gadgets themselves will probably never be “green” but they are a part of modern life – might as well do what we can.
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