Guide To: Energy-efficient devices, appliances, and building suppliers
Marketplace Link: Green Stores
Whether you're renovating, upgrading an appliance, or just shopping for lighting, energy efficiency is an important consideration. Products and materials that save energy decrease your personal carbon emissions and lower your electric bill at the same time! Some products (like solar panels) require a larger up-front investment but others (like home energy monitors or window insulation) cost less than fifty bucks.
Solar City (California/Online): Headquartered in the Bay Area, SolarCity serves residential as well as business and government customers in California, Arizona, Colorado, and Oregon, and plans to expand nationwide. In addition to its range of solar modules complementing different architectural styles, the company also designs and installs electric vehicle charging systems for the home.
GreenDepot (Various Locations/Online): Check the home weatherization and lighting and gadgets sections of this site for energy-saving devices and kits. Their power strips and energy monitors can help you track and reduce the amount of energy you use at home.
Environmental Home Center (Seattle/Online): Their website is part catalog and part resource, with carefully thought-out explanations on green products. Shop here for SolaTube skylights, energy monitors, and RAIS wood stoves.
Verdant Computing (Brooklyn/Online): This store focuses on energy-efficient, recyclable, and less toxic computers and tech. Each product has a list of green criteria and certifications, like EPEAT, Energy Star, and RoHS standards.
Gaiam (Online): This catalog retailer supplies big chains like WholeFoods while also keeping an online retail store. A section of their site is dedicated to energy efficient climate control, where you'll find low-tech ideas like insulated curtains alongside more high-tech products like Kill-A-Watt plug-in energy monitors.
1000Bulbs.com (Online): This online store specializes in CFLs and LED lights, and they have a huge inventory with everything from Christmas lights to smart dimmers. 1000Bulbs lists color temperature and lumen output for each of their bulbs, so you can get a good idea of how much light the bulb will put off, and how warm or cool it will be.
USB Cell (London/Online): These rechargable batteries plug directly into the USB port on your computer, great for times when you can't find or reach an outlet but have your laptop handy. They come in AA, AAA, and 9V.
The Ultimate Green Store (Online): This shop bills itself as a "one-stop green shopping destination," and they offer the full range of green products. A large section of their site is dedicated to portable solar chargers.