How to be an Ecophile with any cellphone, smartphone or MP3 devices.

The XP1 power cable is designed to charge in the shortest period of time possible. The XP1 will provide multiple charges of your iPhone, iPod, IPod Touch without consuming additional electricity. The XP1 provides a good solution to cellphone and smartphone users to charge their devices without using constant electrical power. It makes sense to use the XP1 power cable to adopt more eco-friendly iPhone and iPod option.

More and more people are making a conscious effort to go green. Many are buying organic produce, uses cleaning products less harmful to the environment, purchasing energy-efficient appliances, and using electronic devices and accessories which consume less energy.

The XP1 does making your iPhone and iPod a little more eco-friendly. Listed below are some tips regarding saving energy with a cellphone or smartphone.

First, Make sure to turn off your iPhone and iPod when they are not in use. Also unplug the AC adapter and power cable with it is not in use.

Your XP1 helps manage the power consumption of your iPhone or iPod. So use these tips to make it even more environment friendly.

1. Manage the Power Source.

Your iPhone or iPod use approximately 10 percent of the energy used for home electronics in a typical home. Engineers refer to computers and related gadgets that draw power while not in use as vampire load. Turn off and unplug your XP1 when it is not being used.Your XP1 is a high capacity battery and it can last for days recharging your iPhone without being charged.

Your XP1 should be connected to your computer's USB port to charge your unit and your iPhone/iPod as much as possible verses using a AC adapter and charging directly from an electrical outlet. The reason for this is that if your computer is already on charging through your USB port is the most economical way to use the electricity.

Conserving power on your computer is important also. So, if you leave your computer on, set Power Options in the Control Panel to save energy. :Depending on the specific hardware, these options can reduce power usage dramatically, to the tune of 80 percent

2. Extend your iPhone and iPod's life

If your PC is a few years old and you・re thinking of getting a new one, you may only need to upgrade some of its parts to keep it running at top capacity. You can safely upgrade many components such as the monitor, video or sound card, and hard drive, or you can add RAM to your existing PC.

Newer components are likely to be more eco-friendly. A liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor uses one-third the energy of a cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor and lasts twice as long.

  • You can also give an old PC new life by repurposing it.
  • Install a TV tuner card and use the hard drive to record your favorite TV shows.
  • Move the old PC to the cottage or let the kids use it for their homework.
  • Set the machine up in the kitchen with Internet access and the old PC becomes an electronic cookbook that helps you search for and file new recipes.

5. Recycle your PC

Perhaps the greenest thing you can do is keep your computer out of the landfill. Approximately 70 percent of the heavy metals found in landfills emanate from electronics, and PCs (especially older ones) contain toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury, and polyvinyl chloride.

If your PC has reached the end of its lifecycle, a quick web search will help you find local, reputable recycling companies or charities that will take your hardware and find new uses for it. The Electronic Recycling Association, for example, collects old computers in five cities across Canada and donates them to local schools, charities, libraries, and other groups. In the United States, is a non-profit recycling exchange network that collects donations of old computers and helps distribute them to non-profit organizations within its network throughout the country.

You can also check with your PC・s manufacturer. A growing number of PC makers have recycling programs and will take back PCs at the end of their lives.
6. Buy responsibly

If you・ve decided it・s time to upgrade to a new PC, environment experts advise reading the small print to see whether a manufacturer is following green practices in making the product or reducing its power consumption. There are various industry standards, and it can often be tricky to understand just how a particular model is more energy efficient or eco-friendly. EPEAT offers some help; it・s an independent online registry that lets you research and compare desktops and laptops of registered manufacturers based on an extensive list of environmental attributes.

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