CYCLEAN BIKE-POWERED WASHING MACHINE Turns out riding a bike can have more benefits than simply exercise or green-transportation… these days your pedal power can provide juice for your cell phone, the TV at your gym, and now even your washing machine. Pedal your way to cleaner clothes – and save energy and get fit in the process! We mentioned Cyclean in our earlier Green Your Appliances post as an eco-friendly option to most energy and water-sapping commercial washers.
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Students Build Bike-Powered Charging Station from Scratch © Christina Woodward/NAU As we become more and more dependent on our gadgets, we also are continually seeking out better ways to power them, from solar-powered chargers to human-powered ones. We've seen ideas for piezoelectric sneakers to movement-powered iPhones, but one idea that always seems to come back is pedal power. Why not use the energy you create pedaling a bike charge to our gadgets too? There have been quite a few incarnations of this idea, but it's always refreshing to see a fresh take on it, especially when it's a group of students who go full DIY and build a bike charging station completely from scratch, including the bike.
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