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Five Energy-and-Money Savers for Your Office
From eco-friendly PCs to biodegradable cell phones, here’s a look at some gadgets that can get your office humming, while saving you green.

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Samsung Reclaim

A mobile phone is a necessity for most small businesses so why not own one made out of 100% biodegradable corn-based bioplastics. The Samsung Reclaim, which has a built in camera, camcorder and mp3 player is 80% recyclable from its paper box to its bioplastic casing. The Reclaim sells on the Sprint network for $49.99 after a $50 dollar rebate and a two year contract.

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Green PC Service by Symantec

Optimizing the power settings on your existing computer can help cut your annual electricity bill. For $14.99, Symantec will show you how. A NortonLive PC expert will remote into your PC and in less than 20 minutes assess and optimize your computer’s power settings. The consultation includes a conversation about PC usage habits and needs, enables hibernate mode to save energy and configures the PC power button. At the end of the consultation you get a report card summarizing best practices and recommendations.

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iGo Power Smart Tower

Computer equipment saps energy even while in standby, but a host of surge protectors on the market claim to reduce the waste. iGo’s Power Smart Tower is one. It utilizes iGo’s Green Technology which automatically powers down outlets not in use and powers them back up when necessary. This technology, according to the company, reduces standby power by up to 85%.  The sleek surge protector also includes USB power ports to charge all your mobile devices. It sells for $79.99.

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Xerox ColorQube

Let’s face it, printers in general aren’t usually environmentally friendly.  Xerox, a leader in the copier and printer market, is well aware of that. Enter its ColorQube  9200 series. These multifunction machines are Energy Star compliant, have solid ink-cartridge-free technology (which uses fewer materials and less energy) and automatic two-sided printing and copying, resulting in as much as 50% less paper used. Thanks to Xerox’s GreenPrint software, unwanted papers are automatically highlighted and removed before printing begins. The environmental-friendly benefits don’t come cheap. The 9200 series starts at $21,299.

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HP Compaq 8000 Elite PC

The HP Compaq 8000f Elite PC is a ultra-slim desktop that is 30% more energy efficient than past models. The desktop is Energy Star qualified regardless of the configuration and includes H-P’s Power Assistant technology which maximizes the desktop’s energy usage. The 8000f is brominated flame retardant and polyvinyl chloride free (BFR/PVC-free). It goes on sale in early February and prices start at $849.

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Five Energy-and-Money Savers for Your Office

From eco-friendly PCs to biodegradable cell phones, here’s a look at some gadgets that can get your office humming, while saving you green.

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