Technological advances have produced several gadgets that can save you money on everything from electricity to water consumption. If you’re looking for ways to save on some of your unavoidable monthly bills, you’ll likely want to install and employ some of these gadgets.
There’s no reason to keep shelling out for batteries every time old ones die. Not only do several companies sell rechargeable batteries (in most standard sizes), they also sell battery chargers so you can always keep them fresh. Keep some batteries charging while the others are being used and you’ll rarely have to buy new ones again.
Kill-a-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
When you plug one of these in between the wall and your electronic devices you will be able to see exactly how much energy is being sucked up by your appliances—even when they’re turned off. This measuring device can help you figure out which appliances are using the most electricity so you can trade them for more efficient devices or simply unplug them when they’re not in use.
Smart Power Strips
These clever power strips help you reduce the amount of electricity being used by your computer peripherals. Plug the main computer unit into the main socket while plugging the peripherals into the accessory sockets on the strip. When you turn off your computer, the strip will automatically power down everything else as well.
Energy Saving Sockets
Like the smart power strips, these sockets help cut down on the amount of electricity that flows into an appliance by eliminating “Vampire Power” – the electricity used by appliances when they’re turned off. The sockets fit between the wall and the appliance plugs. It’s much easier and just as effective to use a special socket instead of climbing around your entertainment unit to unplug everything when you’re ready to turn it off.
Efficient Shower Heads
These showerheads cut down the amount of water that is used every time someone takes a shower without cutting down on the water pressure. Not only do they reduce the amount of water you have to pay for, they also help your energy bill by heating less water per shower.
Intel Home Dashboard
Although it hasn’t officially become available to homeowners yet, the Intel home dashboard will be a central control system that makes it easy to manage your home’s energy use. The gadget will monitor the energy consumption of all of your appliances. It even includes a thermostat that automatically changes as a product of the day’s weather.
Solar Outdoor Lighting
You can light your walkway in the evenings without having to spend a dime on electricity. Solar lighting uses tactfully placed solar cells to soak up energy from the sun all day and produce low lighting for most of the night.
What are some things you do around the house to be a more frugal homeowner? Share in the comments section below.
Jessica Bosari is a PerkStreet Customer Columnist, as well as the Site Manager and Editor for billeater a blog with money-saving tips to lower your bills. When she’s not gathering money-saving tips, Jessica is feeding her geeky side with sci-fi movies, tech gadgets, useful apps and productivity tricks, just to keep things interesting. Read more of Jessica’s great financial advice on Perkstreet’s blog, or view her other money-saving tips at billeater.com.