8 Goes Green: Green Gadgets Way to Save Money

4 years 3 months 1 week ago Monday, June 17 2013 Jun 17, 2013 Monday, June 17, 2013 9:52:00 PM CDT June 17, 2013 in 8 Goes Green
By: Jack Wascher
loading

COLUMBIA - Eugene Elkin has lived on a fixed income for about fifteen years, but he's made the most of his situation.

In 2006, Elkin decided to change his lifestyle, and it all started as he was trying to figure out the time of day.

"I noticed my kitchen clock, which is electronic. And that was the beginning of how my decision making changed."

At first, he just wanted to save money running the clock.  But walk around Elkin's house now, and it's tough to walk far without passing an item that is considered green. From aluminum foil on his window sills, to a can crusher by his back door, Elkin displays the makings of a green gadget pioneer.

But it is his solar lights which are the most efficient. For a $2.50 purchase per light, Elkin collects a free charge by the sun during the day, and then bring them inside at night to light evening activities.

Elkin uses the lights in the kitchen so he can eat dinner, and in the bathroom to shave and wash his hair. However, he finds that those are just the beginning of their use.

"I am surprised at the different uses I get out of them. I remember a couple days ago, I was walking around outside looking for god knows what. It's the new flashight," Elkin said.

He also has the lights outside, with five different types of lights outside that cost him $10 total.

Finally, he uses a manual can crusher that reduces the amount of recycle bags that he uses. 

"Anything I can do to help the environment is something that I and everyone should take advantage of this. It doesn't take that much time, and provides benefit for all," Elkin said.

Elkin sets a standard for going green, but experts say just starting off with something like a couple solar lights can help overall.

"I think it depends on everyone's situation," said Monta Welch, founder of the Columbia Climate Change Coalition.  "But if everyone gets a little push, it can provide a domino effect for anyone."

One can buy these products at a local discount or hardware store. The can crusher, ten solar lights, and outside light set cost Elkin a total of $32.50.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA- Officers responded to a robbery the Sonic Drive-In restaurant at 5700 St. Charles Rd. Saturday night around 10 p.m.,... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, September 24 2017 Sep 24, 2017 Sunday, September 24, 2017 11:32:00 AM CDT September 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- Saturday night, around 7 p.m., a vehicle led a Callaway County Sheriff's deputy on a high-speed chase, according to... More >>
2 hours ago Sunday, September 24 2017 Sep 24, 2017 Sunday, September 24, 2017 10:07:00 AM CDT September 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Jabberwocky Studios unveiled its second mural Sunday in Downtown Optimist Park. Jabberwocky is a local arts program... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, September 24 2017 Sep 24, 2017 Sunday, September 24, 2017 4:47:00 AM CDT September 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Kerryon Johnson ran for five rushing touchdowns, including four in the first half, as the No. 15 Auburn... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 9:28:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in Sports
COLUMBIA - Bikers gathered in Centralia Saturday to show support for a young sexual assault survivor. At least 60... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:05:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Cooper's Landing hosted the first Rock n' Roll River Festival Saturday, where families enjoyed food, a fun atmosphere... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:35:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
CAMDENTON - The goal of the seventh annual Lake of the Ozarks Air Show on Saturday was to salute veterans.... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:14:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Central Missouri chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Missouri Missing hosted a memorial picnic Saturday... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 3:55:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri has one of the lowest enrollment rates when it comes to the 529 College Savings Plan.... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 3:28:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – MU, Auburn, Clemson and LSU are announcing their partnership in the U.S. Tiger University Consortium Saturday. Clemson... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 3:16:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in Top Stories
EVERTON (AP) — Missouri school districts that adopted a four-day school week in recent years are not finding the savings... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:14:48 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A school district in Kansas City is praising a bus driver for safely getting 34 children... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:10:35 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An undercover police officer and an Air Force lieutenant were among the 120 people who were... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:07:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Latter House Kingdom Ministries of Columbia will host their tenth annual Fall Festival today at the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:59:00 AM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
ELDON - The people of Eldon are rallying around a family whose son suffered a spinal injury during football practice... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 7:31:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – A local gym held a fundraiser Friday night, and all it asked for was five minutes. But... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 7:03:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - One person is dead and three more are injured after a two vehicle crash on I-70. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 5:53:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate an appeals court order that slowed... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 5:47:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 85°
1pm 89°
2pm 89°
3pm 89°
4pm 89°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:30p
PGA Tour Golf
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
12:30p
Family Guy
1:00p
The Cleveland Show
1:30p
Up in the Air

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Football Night in America
7:20p
Sunday Night Football
6:00p
The Karate Kid III
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Family Guy