Earth Day: Here are some easy ways to help the environment and save some money too

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It’s April 22nd and that means that it’s Earth Day, which sheds light on best practices for how we can protect our planet. Some companies are making a greater effort to be aware of how products affect the environment. We’ve rounded up some ways that will decrease your impact while also potentially saving some money along the way.

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One of the most obvious places to start is with LED light bulbs. Over the past year these alternative solutions to lighting have become more commonplace in homes and hardware stores across the country. LED bulbs use significantly less energy and do not need to be replaced as frequently as traditional options. These products are also moving towards a more affordable price point as well as demand increases.

Interested in transitioning to LED lightbulbs? Today Belkin is heavily discounting some of its WeMo LED bulbs by 50% bringing the lowest prices that we’ve ever seen. The Starter Kit is available today for $49.99 (Reg. $100) and a single bulb can be had for $14.99 (Reg. $30).

We also have a nice deal on Philip’s newest product that delivers some of the lowest prices that we’ve ever seen. Smart LED bulbs also enable users to control lighting from a smartphone, although these are often higher in price the functionality maybe be worth the upcharge. Check out this deal on Philip’s Hue lights to get started.

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Our own homes are a great place to start when it comes to decreasing our impact on the earth. A great way is to check with your utility company to see if they offer any rebates for investing in products that consume less energy. An easy solution is to invest in smart thermostats that regulate your home’s temperature even when you are away. These devices can monitor whether or not you are at home and adjust the heat or cooling as needed saving money and energy along the way. The most popular solution is the Nest thermostat, but there are other solutions that have really improved in this category from Honeywell and Ecobee.

Another way to save some money is on rechargeable batteries – we are personally fond of Apple’s own Battery Charger, which is a great solution for keeping that wireless mouse or keyboard charged up. Other solid options include:

  • AmazonBasics Rechargeable Batteries
  • Panasonic Eneloop Charger w/ 4 AA Batteries: $17.77

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Dan’s Gift Guide: low cost tech accessories you may have overlooked

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My favorite gift picks for this year include a couple smaller items that’ll complement your Apple setup, one to help you cut the cord and one to make you fall deeper into Apple fandom. Only one of my picks is priced just slightly north of $50, so any of them should be good for Secret Santa or stuffing some stockings.

Rather than pointing out this year’s obvious tech gift wins, I’ve gone with a handful of items that you probably overlooked and were most likely omitted from other gift guides you’ve read so far this year… Read more

Four-pack eneloop XX 2500mAh Rechargeable AA Batteries w/ Charger: $21 Prime shipped (orig. $35), AAA: $10

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Update (11/7 6:00pm): Amazon is also offering a 4-pack of AAA eneloop Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries for a very low $9.99 Prime shipped

Update (11/6 11:25am): Newegg has an 8-pack of POWEREX MH-8AAI-BH 2400mAh AA Rechargeable Batteries for $19.99. Coupon code EMCWWPF77 drops it down to $16.99 shipped.

Amazon offers a 4-pack of eneloop XX 2500mAh Rechargeable AA Batteries with 4 Position Charger for $20.99. It’ll ship free for Prime members (free trial), but all other buyers will need to spend another $14 (order two?) to get free shipping. As a pricing comparison, this set originally sold for $35 and today’s deal is the best price we’ve ever seen by $5. The new, Panasonic-branded set is currently selling for $30.

Eneloop XX rechargeable batteries come pre-charged and ready to use. Even after a year of going unused, eneloop batteries will maintain 75% of their charge. Expect to keep these batteries around for a long time since they can be recharged up to 500 times. Nearly 7,000 Amazon reviewers rate this set a spectacular 4.6 out of 5 stars.

If you’re looking to change out all of your batteries to rechargeable eneloops, then grab the Power Pack for a couple bucks below its average selling price.
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La Crosse Technology Alpha Power Battery Charger (AA & AAA) $30 shipped

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Update: Back in stock at $30 shipped.

Amazon is offering the La Crosse Technology BC-700 Alpha Power Battery Charger for only $29.19 shipped. That’s the lowest total cost we could find it for. The charger features 4 different modes: charge, discharge, refresh, and test and can charge AA and AAA rechargeable batteries simultaneously. Also, it has overheat-detection to prevent over-charging.

583 Amazon customers gave it a 5/5 star rating with positive reviews.

Amazon also has Energizer Rechargeable batteries for a low 12.44 for a 4 pack of AA. (Free shipping on the batteries if you bundle with the charger)810honlf0KL._SL1500_

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8-Pack AA Sanyo eneloop XX 2500 mAh high capacity rechargeable batteries $30 Shipped (Reg. $47)

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Update: Looks to be back in stock! Get it while you can.

Amazon has dropped the price of the 8-Pack AA Sanyo eneloop XX 2500 mAh  high capacity rechargeable batteries down to their all-time low of $30 with free shipping. Yep, these are the same batteries that Apple rebrands and sells as their own. In addition to being being money-savers, rechargeable batteries are better for the environment and more convenient than their disposable counterparts. Each high capacity (2500 mAh) Eneloop battery can be recharged up to 500 times and even retains 75% of its charge after going unused for a year. Be sure to pickup a charging station if you don’t already own one. (via Deals)

Over 3,000 Amazon reviewers rate these batteries an outstanding 4.5 stars.

Hate the earth? Daily Steals has a 30 pack of AA or AAAs for $6.
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12 Pack Duracell NiMH AAA Precharged Rechargeable Batteries $12 + $3 Shipping

https-__s3.amazonaws.com_tanga-images_zbkghyfuhdjaTanga is offering the 12 Pack Duracell NiMH AAA Precharged Rechargeable Batteries for only $11.99 + $2.99 Shipping. Durable NiMH technology means longer lasting in high-drain devices such as cameras. These Duracell Coppertop AAA Pre-charged Rechargable Batteries retain power for 365 days when not in use and can be recharged hundreds of times. Read more

uNu Enerpak Tube 5000mAh USB External Battery Pack for iPhone & iPad $29 + free shipping (Reg. $60)

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eBay is offering the uNu Enerpak Tube 5000mAh USB External Battery Pack for iPhone & iPad at the discounted rate of $29 with free shipping.  This unit retails for $60 and is currently available on Amazon for $50.  Don’t get stuck without juice for your precious tech devices.

With the Enerpak Tube portability and power collide. Able to re-charge almost any smartphone up to 2.5x while still managing to remain light-weight and completely portable

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A Potent Portable – Made to be a perfect travel companion the Enerpak Tube is one of the most potent batteries in the industry. This powerful device can fit inside a pocket or purse and is perfect for on-the-go reliability yet, still boasts the ability to re-charge almost any USB product including tablets and smartphones.
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8 Duracell StayCharged Rechargeable AA Batteries for $13 + pickup at TRU, more

Toys “R” Us offers the Duracell StayCharged Rechargeable AA Batteries 4-Pack for $8.99. Add two 4-packs to your cart for $13.48. Opt for free in-store pickup to avoid a $5.38 shipping charge. That’s $1.69 per battery and $7 below the best shipped price we could find. Sales tax is added where applicable. These batteries are pre-charged and last for up to one year when not in use.

Of note, you can get a single pack of the above batteries plus the Duracell AA Size Battery Charger for $13.48 in-cart with free in-store pickup. That’s $6 under the best price we could find for these items separately elsewhere. The charger includes two AA batteries.