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Three thrifty green technologies to light up your Earth Day

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Today, the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day comes in the midst of an uncertain future for America's environment, from climate policy to the proposed Keystone Pipeline, more oil spills, and deepwater drilling continuing at breakneck speed here in the Gulf of Mexico region.

New Orleanians, though, don't need convincing to "go green". This is one of the most environmentally-aware and responsible cities in the South.

Green technology advocate and author Lynda Chervil (of the new book, "Fool's Return") says that,

We’re seeing more and more people who realize that, if each of us does what we can every day, collectively, we can have a tremendous impact. All the people carrying reusable grocery sacks, people who’ve quit the plastic water bottle habit, folks heating their pools or houses with solar panels – that’s what we should be celebrating this Earth Day.

Chervil, who studies the science behind green technology, says environmental awareness has ramped up production of affordable goods that can shrink individuals’ carbon footprints, according to her publicist. Chervil shares that the following devices will make the earth a greener place:

HybridLight Solar Flashlight: These flashlights never need batteries, can be charged from any light source, and supposedly work continuously. The 120 lumens model burns for eight hours on one charge. "HybridLight’s flashlights are so reliable, the Boy Scouts’ Utah National Parks Council endorse them – and they come with a lifetime guarantee. For every 10 hours of use, 100 HybridLight flashlights avert 60 pounds of toxic battery landfill waste," says Chervil's spokesperson. Recently, the company supplied everyone in a Kenyan village with his or her own flashlight.

Bedol Water Alarm Clock: Bedol’s water clocks run strictly on tap water – no batteries, and nothing else. The energy comes from a natural reaction between the water and two metal plates. The smallest clocks in the line run for six to 12 weeks before the display begins to fade, indicating that the water needs to be changed.

iGo Green Power Smart Wall: Everything from coffee pots to laptops to TV sets suck up power even after we've left the house. Stem the hemorrhage with this surge protector that cuts power use by up to 85 percent. The plug-in unit sports four outlets, two of which are always on. The other two automatically power down when the attached appliance is not in use.

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