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10 Hot Green Technologies for 2013

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 8 26

Each year we get more technologically advanced with our green industries.

As popular as green technologies seem to be, they will even become much more popular and mainstream when the performance become better and rivals the fossil fuel powered technology. When the cost of hybrid and green technologies continues to come down in overall cost, then more people will invest in green technologies that will not only help to save the environment, but will also save them money on their monthly energy and power costs.


1. Home Wind Turbines

Home Wind Turbines

Wind turbines have become very popular with wind farms sprouting up all over the United States. Efficient wind turbines that are designed specifically for homes use are also becoming more popular. These small wind turbines have been available for many years; however the current technology makes the older models obsolete. Small wind turbines can provide the majority of all power consumption used by a home if they choose the right wind turbine and have it installed properly.

2. Electric Cars

Nissan Leaf

People everywhere (Except Brazil” are fed up with the high cost of fuel. Production cars that are full electric such as the Nissan Leaf will become even more popular. People do not like the short range (70 Miles Max for Nissan Leaf) that these cars have; however people are beginning to realize they can use electric cars around town and to commute to work without having to ever stop at the Gas Station. If you a have home wind turbine installed you can also charge your electric car for free.

3. Low Cost Solar Panels

Solar Panels(96601)

Solar panels have been around for many decades, but in 2013 the performance of solar panels will be at an all time high. Solar panels in 2013 will definitely be much more efficient than the solar panels that were installed on homes in the 70’s.

The cost of solar panels will also continue to go down. Many new laws have been passed that forbid homeowner associations from banning solar panel installations. Many people seem to admire aesthetics over the green functional benefits of solar panels. Current solar panels will begin to become “stylish” in 2013. This is great because perceived ascetics and the functional abilities of solar panels to preserve our environment are combined.

The ease of installing solar panels has never been easier. While it is still recommended that you have a professional solar panel installation company do the installation, it is a job that can be done by most people with basic handyman skills.

4. Electric Car “Gas Stations”

Charging Station

As Electric cars become more popular there will be more charging stations built. These so called electric car “gas stations” are simply charging stations for electric cars, but the more charging stations than the more electric cars that will be sold. Imagine driving your electric car to work and then it can charge while it is parked with a curbside charger. This technology is here and it will continue to spread.

5. Wood Headphones

Many seemingly innocent products such as headphones are rarely thought of as a threat to our environment, yet that is what many products are when they are made with plastics and other man-made products that can take a serious toll on the environment. Wood headphones have emerged as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic headphones. In 2013 you can expect to see even more headphone and earphone makers begin to sell even more wood based headphones.

6. Tap Water

Tap Water

The assault on bottled water will continue into 2013 and beyond. The amount of waste that comes from disposing of plastic water bottles is immense. It is much better environmentally to use tap water and quit disposing of plastic water bottles. If you must use bottled water bottle than reuse the same bottles by filling them with tap water instead of throwing them away.

The plastic water bottles we throw away are a huge burden on landfills across the World. In addition the amount of traditional fossil fuels needed to operate the bottled water factory as well as transport the bottled water to the store is immense. Drink tap water and you help to save the environment.

7. Solar Panel Backpack

Solar Backpack

As more and more cell phone towers are being built it is becoming much more easier for people to get cell phone reception when they are deep into the forest hiking and camping. The problem these outdoor enthusiasts now have is that they cannot charge their phones when they go dead. Solar Panel Backpacks help to fix this problem. The solar panels embedded onto the back of the backpack allow your cell phones to charge while you are out hiking. If you set-up camp you can still charge your cell phone by simply placing the pack in sunlight. While this technology is far from perfect, it is a huge advancement for green technology.

8. LED Grow Lights

Grow Lights

People who grow plants and crops in a greenhouse or at home in a closet have traditionally paid a lot of money for energy. Their monthly electric bill has become very expensive. LED grow lights have been around for many years. Although LED grow lights did not work as well as traditional grow lights, the power consumption was far less. Today’s top LED grow lights work flawlessly and will not add a huge spike to your monthly electric bill from the power company.

9. Hybrid Cars

Hybrid Car

Hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius are becoming more common. No longer does a Hybrid car look different. Today’s hybrid cars look like regular cars and help to bridge the gap between using too many fossil fuels and fully electric cars that are severely limited on their mileage range. With today’s hybrid cars you can drive around town without using fossil fuels, and then when you need to drive farther the car can still do it without limiting you to 70 miles.

10. Commercial Wind Farms

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The number of commercial wind farms is continuing to rise each year. The benefits of this green technology are immense. Many farmers and landowners have found an additional avenue of income by leasing parts of their land to allow for wind turbines to be installed. A farmer continues to farm his land as he always has; however now he drives his tractor underneath the massive blades of the huge wind turbines.

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May 23, 2012 5:28pm
Thanks for the awesome information and congratulations on being featured!!!
May 26, 2012 11:31am
Thank you!
May 24, 2012 10:29pm
Nice feature. All of these are good ideas, but so long as big oil has all the subsidies oil unfortunately is going to beat out all of these on the economical front. With all the cutbacks in funding from the government it is getting harder and harder to expand and fight against big oil. I agree it still must be done. Another choice - not necessarily super clean energy - Natural gas. Abundant and cheap.
May 26, 2012 11:33am
Thank you for your comment! I understand your viewpoint very well, but I have great confidence in the power of the consumers.
May 25, 2012 10:08am
Thank you for putting this awesome GREEN list together.
As a European I've been thinking Green for many years.
My next step is to buy either a hybrid or an electric car ... haven't decided that yet.

Congrats on being featured!

May 26, 2012 11:36am
Thank you for your comment. I am European too. I am on my second environmental approved car. (However, I must admit that none of them are hybrid or electric cars)
May 25, 2012 2:39pm
These are great suggestions for protecting our environment! I will Tweet this article, and Pin it, in the hope that the word gets out to more people!
May 26, 2012 11:36am
Thank you very much!
May 25, 2012 6:23pm
Congrats on the feature! I am for things that will not only protect the environment, but will help my three kids in the future.
May 26, 2012 11:38am
Thank you! Yes, if we don't act and protect the environment then our kids will have to pay a much larger bill in order to clean up.
May 26, 2012 4:55am
I love the idea of wooden headphones! There has been a recentl trend in the UK towards solar panels on houses because I think there was a government grant to encourage people to have them. However I'm convinced domestic wind turbines would be much more suitable to our climate :-) Great article, I enjoyed reading it.
May 26, 2012 11:40am
Thank you! I believe that all of us should make our own individual choice. What is right in one area might be very wrong in another.
May 26, 2012 3:02pm
A wonderful article. I am all for protecting the environment. I've seen the toll that pollution and depleting the environment of its natural resources have done, and it make me very upset. Good job!
May 27, 2012 2:17am
Thank you for the comment. I agree with you!
May 27, 2012 11:58am
Great information on greening our environment. This is a subject that needs to be brought to peoples attention, often, and hopefully more people will do more to protect the environment. Congratulations on being featured. Thumbs Up!
May 28, 2012 1:22am
Thank you! I agree that more information is needed in order to protect the environment. The information should be fair instead of merely doomsday prophesies. Many tips are actually profitable and environmental friendly at the same time.
May 29, 2012 6:09pm
Congratulations well worth your work effort. Plastic bottle are horrible laying about on our streets just as the plastic bags. When we were kids we collected all the glass bottles and got a refund which was good for pocket money.
They could do the same for plastic. I know where we lived before they stopped recycling because it cost too much and not enough profit.
May 30, 2012 3:03am
Thank you for your comments!
Regarding the plastic bags and bottles on our streets, then I believe that the most important issue is the mentality of the adult consumers.
In Scandinavia there is a relatively high tax on plastic bags, and a refund system (US c0.30) on plastic bottles.
In France (where there is a huge consumption of bottled water) there isn't any refund system on the bottles, but the bottles are collected in public containers and very few empty bottles are floating on the streets.
May 31, 2012 10:46pm
Nice article! I especially liked the bit about LED grow lights. Plastic bottles simply have to go away.
Jun 1, 2012 12:58am
Thank you for the comments! About the plastic bottles: The consumers MUST learn to return the plastic bottles for recycling.
Jun 4, 2012 2:19am
Great wealth of information from a very well written article. What strikes me as kind of odd is "Home Wind Turbines". I don't think any such wind turbine has been installed in my country but we already have thousands of acres of residential solar panels. How efficient can a small turbine really be, is it worth the nuisance? The newest solar panels in the labs have hit stunning efficiencies, but how much more efficient can a rotor with wind blades really be?
Jun 4, 2012 2:59pm
Thank you for your comments. Home wind turbines and solar panels are both good investments.
I don't know which country you are from, (I have lived in many different countries, on 4 different continents). Now I live in Sweden, where a wind turbine (in most areas) is a better investment than solar panels. However, both energy investments will work out fine.
Jul 15, 2012 8:12am
Wow--what an impressive article: It's a real make-you-think inspirational piece when it comes to the future--In fact, made me wonder what the world will be like in 3012--I just hope it is a conscientious as your article when it comes to human action. Two big thumbs up again!~!!
Jul 15, 2012 11:57am
Great article. I believe electric cars are becoming more and more popular.
Oct 16, 2012 11:18pm
The use of wood headphones will certainly have the adverse effect on the destruction of trees.
Jan 4, 2013 5:05pm
Thank you for promoting these products.....the more we hear about them, the greater chance we have of spreading the word. I have committed to buying electric for my next car and would like information on solar roof tiles for my east coast house renovation. I also have great faith in the consumer to do what's in the best interest of our planet!
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