10 Gadgets That Will Reduce Your Energy Bills
Are you trying to save on those energy bills every month, only to wake up with an over-budget bill at the end of each month? Don’t worry. Here are some of our favorite promising new gadgets and tech tools to help save some cash on your utility bills.
Number 10. LED Smart Bulb.
Enhance your home with soft white smart lighting, controlled remotely wherever you are. Automate your lighting experience with the Philips Hue App, and ensure you never come home to a dark house. The Philips Hue White 4-Pack Smart Bulb Starter Kit works with Alexa for voice control. The Philips Hue White LEDs are good light bulbs in their own right. Each one puts out over 800 lumens at full brightness, making them a fair replacement for a standard 60 watt incandescent. They're efficient, too, putting that light out from a power draw of just 9.5 watts. That's excellent, especially for a connected LED that's doing more than just emitting light.
Number 9. Smart Battery Charger.
Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries are much more efficient and reliable than you may remember from years past. If you’re making the switch to rechargeables, or you already have, you’ll need a charger to keep them powered. The Panasonic Smart Battery Charger is the best for most people. It’s compact, has a fold-out AC plug, charges up to four batteries at a time, and has lights to tell you when each battery is dead, midway, or fully charged. It takes less than 3 hours to fully charge the AA and AAA batteries, and less than 10 hours to fully charge the 9 volt batteries. It also protects the batteries against current fluctuation and keeps the charger safely.
Number 8. Solar Pathway Lights.
The warm light design of the solar powered pathway lights is very soft, and the lumen is high, and the irradiation range is wide. Solar path lights absorb sunlight during the day and turn on automatically at night, saving energy and protecting the environment. This solar yard light is waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about bad weather affecting its work. The anti-rust coating on the metal surface is effective in preventing regenerative erosion. They light the ground beautifully and don't interfere with my motion activated lights. It won't light the ground as much as a spotlight but it does light the pathway. They are made from metal and are made well.
Number 7. Single Port Power Adapter for outlet.
Add a convenient on-off switch to any outlet with the GE Grounded Outlet Power Switch. Great for hard-to-reach lamps, appliances, indoor holiday lights and items without on-off switches. The 3 prong power switch is easy to use and its design does not cover both outlets. This switch helps you save money and energy by drawing zero power in the off position. With the switch located right at the outlet and easy installation, this power switch is great for everyday use. Simply plug your lamp or appliance into the power switch and plug the switch into any grounded outlet. Conserves electricity since it does not draw any power when switched off.
Number 6. Electrical Power Consumption Watt Meter Tester.
Electricity bills are rising. This device adopts a dedicated electricity metering chip in combination with a high precision current sensor to monitor your electric equipment in real time, which makes it a superb tool both for households and electricians. Simply connect to a standard outlet and then plug a device into this unit. Now you can count power consumption by the kilowatt-hours and assess what appliances are actually worth keeping plugged in. You are able to check the quality of your power by monitoring voltage, amp, frequency and power factor. And you will know if it is time for a new refrigerator or if that little "vampire" needs to be killed down from the outlet.
Number 5. A Solar-Powered Battery Pack.
Harnessing solar energy is one of the easiest ways to reduce your reliance on electrical energy — as long as it’s sunny out. This external battery pack from ADDTOP comes with four foldable solar panels, and has two USB ports, so you can charge multiple devices simultaneously. It has a maximum capacity of 25000 milliamps, which can fully recharge an iPhone 8 nine times, and an iPad Mini 4 almost three and a half times. Charging via solar power is less efficient than plugging your tech into the wall, but we recommend setting this solar panel near a window, and keeping your phone plugged into it for most of your work day for the best results.
Number 4. Battery-Powered Smart Security Cameras.
You shouldn’t have to choose between installing a security system, and making your home more energy efficient. Thankfully, battery-powered smart security cameras make that possible. The Blink outdoor camera is a pocket-sized camera that can run for up to two years on a pair of AA batteries. It has a 10-80 P sensor, so the footage it takes will be very clear, and infrared night vision to monitor your home at night. You’ll get a notification on your phone each time the camera senses movement, and it’ll automatically save a video clip to the cloud, so you can review it later. The final great feature about this camera is that you can start with one, but get more over time to build up a larger security system that monitors your entire home without plugging in a single cable.
Number 3. A Solar-Powered Generator.
If you want to make a big investment in solar energy, but aren’t able to install panels on your roof, Jackery’s line of Explorer generators are a good choice. All three can be connected to Jackery’s Solar Panel, which can convert solar power to electricity with 23% efficiency. This can be totally recharged in seven and a half hours if it’s plugged into an outlet, or nine and a half hours via the solar panel. If you live in a sunny area, this battery could help you take a big step toward going solar only. Plus, it’s portable, so you can take it on the road with you for multi-day camping trips without worrying about the next time you’ll be able to plug in your gear.
Number 2. BUS Powered Computer Accessories.
A great way to save on your energy bill is to make sure your computer accessories are BUS powered, which means they draw energy from your computer instead of being plugged into an outlet. Musicians could use a BUS-powered interface and microphone to record music. Most live streamers can get away with using a webcam instead of a fancy camera rig. gamers can use wired controllers instead of battery-powered ones; and most of us can plug our Apple or Android devices into a computer to charge instead of the wall. And, because these accessories turn off when they’re unplugged or your computer is shut down, you don’t have to worry about vampire power.
Number 1. A Power-Efficient Laptop.
Constantly plugging your laptop into an outlet is not only annoying, it’s an easy way to suck up a lot of power. Apple’s new MacBook air runs on its custom-made M1 chip, which is significantly more power-efficient than the one it replaces. It can get up to 18 hours of battery life per charge, and while that’s hard to believe, it’s pretty accurate. If you stick to apps like Microsoft Office and Safari, you may not have to charge your laptop every day. The M1-equipped MacBook Air is also very fast, and its 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD will be sufficient unless you store a lot of media, or use a lot of apps at once.