The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas attracts audiences from all over that want to see the latest technology and gadget innovations that will be hitting the market in the near future.
Entrepreneur Magazine was there to cover the most recent convention and highlighted the following economically and environmentally friendly products that consumers should be on the lookout for in 2012.
♦ 60-watt World Bulb – Light emitting diode (LED) bulbs produce very small amounts of heat, and can reduce energy costs from lighting by 50 to 90 percent, according to Green Lighting Solutions. Because of that, they've become an essential alternative to incandescent bulbs for those that practice green living. The problem is that their upfront costs can be a bit intimidating. Florida-based Lighting Science Group developed an LED bulb that not only cuts costs in the long-term, but is also one of the cheapest bulbs of its kind, using 85 percent less electricity than standard lighting options.
♦ Bracketron Stone GreenZero Charger – An increasing number of electronics, especially mobile devices, have USB chargers that come with an adapter for traditional outlet charging. The GreenZero Charger is an alternative to those adapters that shuts off automatically when a device is at full charge.
♦ Nest Learning Thermostat – Programmable thermostats prevent heating systems from wasting energy. But, they require owners to take the initiative to predetermine their patterns. The Nest Learning Thermostat lowers heat when it senses that no one is in a room and can even be adjusted over the internet.
♦ SolarKindle Lighted Cover – This innovative cover for the Amazon Kindle does exactly what its name suggests – uses solar energy to charge the e-reader. The cover can bring a Kindle to full power after being in direct sunlight for eight hours, and even has a pop-up LED light for easy reading in the dark.