At this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, products recycling and saving energy are getting attention, according to USA Today.

These products include an ecoATM that gives consumers cash for used electronics, a solar-powered netbook, an iPhone cover made from 100-percent biodegradable bio-plastic, a solar book cover for Amazon Kindle e-readers and sub-$15 LED light bulbs.

Also, there are new Samsung appliances, including a microwave with an Eco Mode feature that reduces phantom power when not in use. "When it comes to appliances in the kitchen, Samsung is only getting smarter," the company's Kevin Dexter said in a statement announcing the products.

Perhaps the best known is the Nest Learning Thermostat, which was created by two former Apple execs and previously written about on ProudGreenHome. It automatically lowers temperatures when no one's home and adjusts itself based on a resident's habits.  

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