Tech-savvy and Eco-friendly in Albuquerque

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Albuquerque Eco-friendly living

 

computer trashFriday, August 17th 9am - Saturday, August 18th 4pm. The City of Albuquerque is hosting a Tech Recycling event at the Balloon Fiesta Park.

Electronic recycler Natural Evolution will accept most broken electronics. Check out the City of Albuquerque website for more details about what can and can't be donated. The cost is free and residents can bring their unwanted items on Saturday. Friday is for businesses to donate. Help keep Albuquerque clean with responsible disposing of your electronic trash.

solar panelsSolar Alternatives to electricity

How about those cell phones, cameras, and mp3 players? They use a lot of energy to keep charged. Here are a couple of greener alternatives.

Solio - This universal charger will charge many different items using various tips. It will charge your equipment at the same rate as a conventional charger. Just expose the Solio unit to sunlight for 8-10 hours and you will be able to charge your cell phone at least two times.

Gaiam - Portable Solar electronic charger. Just open it, expose it to sunlight, and power up your technology.

Reware - Juice Bags. These bags, made from recycled 2-liter bottles, will easily charge any item that could be charged in your car charger.

batteriesDump the batteries! Or, at least switch to rechargables.

There are several options:

  • Standard battery charger. Will charge most standard sizes of batteries. Great for cameras, handheld games, and mp3's.
  • Solar battery charger. Will charge AAA, AA, C, and D as well as 9-volt. Will work on AC power as well as a solar panel.

Switch from Cordless phones to Corded phones.

  • Uses less energy.
  • Won't interfere with other devices.
  • Won't lose service during a power outage.
  • Keeps more electronic trash out of landfills (no batteries to worry about).

Eco-friendly resources from around the nation:

Ashley Drake Gephart, Associate Broker, REALTOR®
9201 Montgomery Blvd., NE Suite 101 Albuquerque · NM 87111
Cell: 505.261.0389 * Office: 505.271.8200 * Fax: 505.271.8217
Albuquerque Real Estate

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Rainmaker
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
I  learned so much from this post. I had no idea.  I love Alburquerque -- it seems like a great place to live.
Aug 14, 2007 11:57 PM #17
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Thesa Chambers
Alpine Real Estate - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
Ashley - there are so many ways to be a little greener and save money while you are at it - batteries are just one of them.... thanks you so much for sharing this post and directing us to all these other great posts
Aug 15, 2007 01:14 AM #18
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Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
Ashley, Excellent post!  I need to do more of the linking to other posts...maybe we can teleconference about that too my tech savvy friend!!!
Aug 15, 2007 10:15 AM #19
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Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
Joan - Albuquerque is doing great things to go green. The batteries we can all do!
Aug 15, 2007 01:37 PM #20
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Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
Thesa - you are right batteries are just one small step in the green direction. So many more things we should be doing as well.
Aug 15, 2007 01:38 PM #21
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Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
Chris - We can do that soon.
Aug 15, 2007 01:39 PM #22
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Stephen Joos & Chris Brubaker- HouseFront
HouseFront - Denver, CO
Great blog, you really have a lot of good info in there.  I actually wrote a blog about reducing energy through light bulbs here.  I had never heard of a solar powered battery charger, thanks for the tip.
Aug 15, 2007 02:04 PM #23
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Jaynee Acevedo
Capital Style Home Staging - Kensington, MD
Capital Style Home Staging

Awesome, Ashley!

I've done rechargeable batteries for years, but I like the idea of the solar chargers.  With two boys (18 and 22) who are nerdy/techs as well as outdoorsy scout types, this is perfect!  Thanks so much for sharing these ideas, and for being another greeney!

Cheers!

Aug 15, 2007 03:13 PM #24
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Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
House Front - I have switched over to the long life low energy use light bulbs.
Aug 15, 2007 07:54 PM #25
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Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
Jaynee - You will find some great stuff for your guys then!
Aug 15, 2007 07:56 PM #26
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Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes
Ashley - what a great post with lots of practical tips on how to start more "low impact" living - love the rechargeable batteries myself - especially for all the kids toys. 
Aug 15, 2007 08:01 PM #27
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Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
Cyndee - Rechargeable batteries are a no-brainer! It's eco-smart and saves money.
Aug 16, 2007 01:23 AM #28
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Susie Roscoe
Signature Realty Associates - Brandon, FL
Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL
Recharge-ables saves me $$$$ and is definitely eco-friendly!!!  I use them until they are completely dead...  GREAT IDEAS HERE!!!
Aug 17, 2007 06:07 AM #29
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Karen Rice
WEICHERT, REALTORS® Paupack Group - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

I have several rechargable batteries!  I love them! I got a medium sized battery charger unit off eBay for $25 - it will charge 9v, AAA - on up to D batteries.

However, I can not give up my cordless phone.  :(  

 

Aug 17, 2007 10:27 PM #30
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Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
Susie - I would love to switch over to the solar ones think of the electricity saved and the places you could still recharge them at!
Aug 18, 2007 02:02 AM #31
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Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
Karen - I would love to give up my cordless phone! I can't find an inexpensive corded one anywhere! The cheapest one I found was $80. What happened to the $20 princess phones? When I find one I am getting me one. 
Aug 18, 2007 02:05 AM #32
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Jack Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater Beach, FL
Clearwater Beach Condos - Real Estate Homes for Sale
Ashley - what a great article of ideas you put together - thanks for sharing and thanks for the mention.
Aug 20, 2007 12:15 AM #33
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Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
Jack - thanks! Your beach article was great and I was glad to include it.
Aug 20, 2007 12:41 AM #34
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Dan Cummings
Raveis Real Estate - Guilford, CT
Connecticutnulls Running Realtor
Ashley... Nice Info... Never know they had solar powered charges.  Still a little pricey but certainly something of interest.  Wonder if they make a solar power inverter so existing devices could be plugged into the power source?   We use one in the car that plugs into the lighter when traveling and my son runs a small TV & his X-Box. 
Aug 20, 2007 08:31 AM #35
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Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
Dan - check out Solio and the Juice Bags one of those may work. My understanding about the Juice Bags is if you can plug it into the car charger you can use the juice bag!
Aug 20, 2007 04:48 PM #36
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