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Green Gadgets For Dummies [Paperback]

Joe Hutsko , Tom Zeller Jr.
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June 29, 2009 0470469145 978-0470469149 1
Save some green by going green with these environmentally friendly gadgets!

With concern for the future of our environment growing stronger and more serious every day, there has never been a better time to take a new approach to some of the most popular gizmos and gadgets on the market and learn how you can convernt to electronics that have minimal environmental impact.

Green gadgets encompass everything from iPods to energy-efficient home entertainment devices to solar laptop chargers and crank-powered gizmos. This helpful resource explains how to research green gadgets, make a smart purchasing decision, use products you already own in a more environmentally friendly way, and say goodbye to electronics that zap both energy and money.

  • Explore the environmental and financial benefits of green gadgets with this friendly reference
  • Discusses which gadgets save energy-and which ones create energy
  • Learn ways to offset your carbon footprint when you can't reduce consumption
  • Get tips for understanding products labels and avoiding "greenwash"
  • Discover how to calculate the energy and money your gadgets consume

Get moving and start living green with this informative guide to environmentally and wallet-friendly gadgets!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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From the Back Cover

Think green, save green, love Mother Earth, and have your gadgets too

No doubt about it, we're a society of gadget freaks. But if you love your gadgets and the planet and saving money, here's where it all comes together. Discover new environmentally friendly gadgets, ways to use the ones you have more efficiently, and steps to safely recycle or dispose of out-of-date or broken gizmos. You'll even find out how being green saves green!

  • Start thinking green — learn the "four Rs" of green gadgetry, understand carbon footprints, and starve energy vampires
  • Save energy now — by using rechargeable batteries, monitoring power use, adjusting settings on TVs and video game consoles, and more
  • Control your computer — discover how to adjust power conservation settings for Macs and PCs
  • Know green from greenwash — find out how to choose electronic devices that are truly environmentally friendly
  • Recognize when it's time to say goodbye — know what you can donate, how to erase your personal information, and how to find reputable recyclers

Visit the companion Web site at to find more online resources and information about green gadgets!

Open the book and find:

  • How many dollars you can save with energy-saving settings
  • Sneaky ways your gadgets steal energy
  • The six sins of greenwashing
  • Safe ways to dispose of dead batteries
  • How (and why) to deauthorize iTunes before donating your PC
  • Steps for wiping Windows or Mac hard drives
  • Greener gadgets for your home, car, and outdoor activities
  • What EnergyStar ratings mean

About the Author

Joe Hutsko is a technology enthusiast, a journalist, an author, and a consultant. He contributes to the New York Times blog Green Inc., and has covered the latest tech trends for Fortune,, Wired, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Macworld, PC World, TV Guide, and others. He runs the green gadget blog and his personal Web site,

Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470469145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470469149
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joe Hutsko worked at Apple from 1984 to 1988, and has been writing about technology products and subjects ever since. His articles about computers, gadgets, and high-tech entertainment have appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, Macworld, TV Guide and Newsweek. He is also the author of Green Gadgets For Dummies.

Follow Joe on Twitter at joehutsko

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5.0 out of 5 stars The book every gadget geek needs to own! October 8, 2009
This is an incredibly written and interesting book where the author takes you through how to find green gadgets, make the gadgets you already own run more efficiently, and what to do with them once they've run their course. Mix in great information with wit, humor, and a laid back attitude and this is THE book for any gadget geek to own. It'll help you save money from cutting out wasted energy and help save the environment. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Green Gadgets for Dummies September 16, 2009
I will admit that I am truly a "Green Gadgets Dummy". With that said - I have found the book to be very informative and I know the advice will be very useful. Certainly a valuable reference book to keep near by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lessen your environmental damage and save money September 16, 2009
Joe Hutsko gives instructions for conserving energy with gadgets you already have along with what to look for when buying new gadgets and how to recycle old, less efficient ones. The Dummies format is easy to read and follow and, as always, has tips that even those who thought they knew everything about the subject will find useful. Green Gadgets for Dummies is a handy book for anyone who loves gadgets and/or wants to have a gentler impact on our environment.
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