Efficient Booklight: LightWedge LED

The LightWedge is another LED book light. We like the night vision-friendly red LED illumination version. The light has two illumination modes, and can be changed at a touch. If it were not made of acrylic, it would be that much more meta-efficient. Takes four AAA batteries. Thanks to Thomas for the tip. Available from: Amazon

Weatherproof Outdoor Speakers: Polk Audio Atrium Self-Powered Loudspeakers

The Polk Atrium loudspeakers are rugged, weather-resistant, self-powered and portable. Many outdoor speakers are suitable only for sheltered locations. The Atrium speakers meet industry & military specs for full exposure to the elements. The speakers are constructed of stainless steel and brass components to resist rust and corrosion. The cabinets are completely sealed to enhance weatherproofing and are designed to …

Innocuous and Efficient: Stapleless Staplers

Stapleless Staplers are a more efficient way to bind paper. The models available today are designed for small binding tasks (5-7 pages max). The stapler seen above is available for about $21 from Amazon. Other models are be seen here.

Ikea “Billy” Corner Bookcase

A good place to find corner bookcases is Amazon. Ikea uses renewable materials to make their Billy Corner Bookcases: Renewable raw material (chips). Renewable raw material (wood fibers). The product is tested for formaldehyde according to European standard. Possible to separate for material or energy recovery. Available from Ikea: Ikea “Billy” Corner Bookcase ($80).

Three-Way Compact Fluorescent 120V

Three-way compact fluorescents are now available. This bulb offers the warm glow of an incandescent in three different wattages: 11, 22 and 33 watts, comparable to 40, 75 and 115 watt of a standard bulb. Available from: Amazon ($11.90)

23 Watt Dimmable Compact Fluorescent 120V

A compact fluorescent that works works with most standard dimmers. Equivalent to a 90W incandescent bulb. Available from: Amazon for about $14. Also available is a 15W bulb.

Ariston Point-Of-Use Hot Water Heater

Designed and made in Italy, Ariston hot water heaters have a lot going for them. They plug in directly under the sink or wherever you want hot water. They produce hot water instantly — you don’t have to wait for the water to get hot (80 billion gallons of water is wasted annually in the U.S. this way). The hot …

NiMh Battery Charger: POWER 2000 XP444AC-DC

One of the best charger/battery series available. The batteries are rated at 2400mAh – one of the most powerful out there. Quick charges in about an hour, then switches to trickle charge. Comes with a 12V adaptor. Purchase from: Amazon ($29.88)

Brunton Lamplight

The Brunton Lamplight is a tiny but powerful LED-powered lamp and flashlight in one. Brunton managed to focus a single LED light into a highly focused beam with the Lamplight—plenty for finding a trail in the darkness or hunting down the mouse that’s been stealing from your campsite. The Lamplight makes full use of the LED efficiency with 200 hours …