New 'green' products save us from ourselves

GE home energy monitor
GE home energy monitor

The folks from the recent International Builders Show have posted a slideshow of their 10 top picks for the most eco-friendly products from the showroom floor, including two aimed at saving us from our neglectful tendencies.

Sure, there are shingle-shaped solar panels that attach to the roof as easily as, well, shingles. And extremely chic sleek low-flow faucets worthy of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. At the more innovative end, there is a mini-wind turbine that promises to produce 2,000 kWh a year.

But the two products that caught WalletPop's eye were a thermostat and a bathroom fan. Sound hum-drum? Better put on your seatbelts.