Using Technology to Reduce Energy Costs

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Green Gadgets Save the Day by Offering Energy Efficiency for the Home

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For lovers of all things gadgetry, there’s a bit of a potential impasse when it comes to adding one more electronic device to the home or office, while still maintaining a sense of responsibility to the environment and keeping an eye on the power bills that end up in the mailbox. But never fear. The age of the green gadget is here, so collect the gadgets and learn how to save some money on your energy use while you’re at it. Not a bad proposition, then, is it?

If you keep a flash light under the kitchen sink in case of a power outage, then consider replacing the flash light or lantern one you’ve got with an eco-friendly version. Many combine renewable energy sources such as wind-up power and solar cells for recharging.

Further into your emergency preparedness kit development, consider as well, radios that employ alternative energy to power them. Ever thought there’d be such a thing as a shower radio that’s powered by water pressure? Maybe not so great in terms of water saving and efficiency, but not bad for energy savings. Solar powered radios are relatively affordable and easy to find, and make a great addition to the home when you’re looking to save some extra money on the power bills.

More Green Technology for the Home

Part of your strategy for increased savings when it comes to your home or office energy use might be to learn more about just how much you actually spend each month on the bills. Knowing your options when it comes to the power bill, the water bill, who is selling you your electricity and natural gas — this can be the first step to improving energy efficiency and spending less money on power. If you’re in the UK, there are valuable websites that allow you to do just that — figure out how to dramatically increase energy efficiency, for instance, when you compare gas and electricity prices with Moneysupermarket. You input details about your current usage and suppliers, and the site analyzes your data, offering meaningful ways to improve savings and efficiency.

Head to the kitchen to peruse the appliances you use. Are they Energy Star rated? Can improvements be made? Even ago-old appliances like the toaster have received a modern eco-friendly facelift in recent years, like this energy-efficient toaster from Kenwood. How does a toaster become energy efficient, you may be asking yourself? This one has the ability to just heat up one of its slots, rather than both at the same time, so if like many people you only toast one piece of bread for a small meal or snack, you’re doing it as efficiently as possible. Rather than automatically using twice as much energy as needed, limit your use to only what you need to perform the task at hand.

Everyone in the U.S. should consider an energy efficiency audit, which is detailed nicely in this article on Enviro Gadget. And another great piece of writing we found here: 7 Energy Efficient Gadgets that Could Be 2010 Game-Changers, where Inside Climate News wrangled together such items as the Home Energy Manager from Direct Energy, an easy-to-use touch screen interface that “allows users to set budgets for energy use and operational parameters for appliances.” Other gadgets highlighted in the top 7 included, smart thermostats, ultrathin LCD tvs, green slim projectors from Casio, speakers and computing systems.

[Photo Via: The Future of Things]

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