4 Energy-Saving Devices To Add To Your Holiday Shopping List
Every family wants to lower their electricity bill. It seems the most effective way to do this is by adopting simple behavioral changes—training your loved ones to turn off lights and leave the thermostat alone. Though this an effective approach, utilizing energy-saving devices combined with modifying your everyday living is a great way to boost your progress towards achieving a greener home.
1. Electricity Consumption Monitoring Devices
How do you truly know how much electricity is being used when you leave your computer, the television, or the coffee pot on? Wouldn’t it be great if you could see a counter showing exactly how much you’re spending per hour to power your electronics? Devices such as the Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor ($18) can be used to track down energy-hogging devices.
2. Thermal Leak Detectors
It’s impossible to confirm whether or not a window or door seal is leaking out conditioned air just by looking at it or whether your insulation is effective. Draft detectors such as the Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detector ($37) can help you to identify the areas that you should shore up.
3. Standby Energy Loss Eliminators
Did you know that most devices—even your cell phone charger and television—consume power even when they’re turned off? Sure, you could unplug these devices when they’re not in use and plug them back in prior to use, but who wants to go through the trouble every single time? The Belkin Conserve Energy-Saving Outlet ($12) plugs in between your device and electrical outlet to automatically prevent this energy loss.
4. Smart Power Strips
If you’re sitting at your desk right now, take a look at your power strip. How many of the devices plugged in could be turned off when your computer is off? At the very least, you could get away with turning off your computer speakers, monitor, and printer. A smart power strip such as the 10-outlet Smart Strip LCG3 ($40) features a “computer socket”—simply plug your computer into this socket and as soon as your computer is powered down, it will cut off power to your other devices as well. Turn your computer back on, and power is restored.
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