We are all still in the mind set of ‘New Year, New Me’. When it comes to making financial goals, there are endless possibilities of ways to cut down on spending. Given that January is typically a cold month for us in the UK and across the pond, saving money on energy is very relevant. Furthermore, the cost energy is undoubtedly going to continue to rise throughout the rest of our lives.
While many energy price comparison websites will tell you that you should be more frugal with your energy but there are a number of gadgets and gismos available on the market that, if used, can prove to be a great investment.
Eco Button acts as a reminder for people who are planning on leaving there computer on an idle setting. Many people leave there computer on idle whilst they get on with other tasks. It is much simpler to do this than shut it down and undergo the long restart process.
When you press the eco button it puts your computer into its energy saving mode. This makes sure that both your computer and monitor and working at the highest efficiency possible.
This will usually mean that your computer is using the lowest power mode that it has available. When you decide that you want to use your computer again you can simply click the button and your computer will return to the same mode it was in before. The amount of energy you will save using this device depends a lot on the age, model and what application you are using on your computer. (e.g. if you are a heavy gamer, have dual monitors etc. Whatever the amount of energy you save ,you can be assured that it will help to reduce your overall carbon footprint.
H20 water powered can clock
The H20 water powered can clock is another novelty item that can be given to someone of any age. The clock is shaped like an aluminium can and uses the latest in H20 technology to power the clock.
You can leave your clock to work away for between 6-12 months before you will need to refill it. This is a great way to raise interest and awareness of hydro power. The scientific nature of this item could also potentially educate children / spouses / others.
USBcell rechargeable batteries
The USBcell rechargeable batteries are a great present for anyone who always finds themselves running out of battery power at the most inconvenient of times. The NiMH AA cell operates like any other normal conventional battery but it is able to be recharged by simply plugging it into a USB port. Mrs Scot and I recently got some of these for using with our Nintendo Wii instead of buying the recharging station (they have dual purpose).
Not only do these batteries save you money by being recharged via a computer but they can be recharged up to 500 times. Furthermore, they reduce environmental waste by taking away the need to buy single use batteries.
Cold Solar TV remote
Ever had TV remote batteries run out on you? Well you will never have to worry about this happening again with the Cold Solar TV Remote control. This remote control does not even need direct sunlight to work and can be used inside. You can easily select your TV remote model and within a few seconds you will be ready to use it.
The Barracuda Torch takes advantage of two renewable energy resources. The POWERplus Barracuda can be charged in sunlight or you can use wind-up technology to recharge it.
This light uses three LED lights which make it extremely powerful. It is also waterproof for up to 5 metres.
While the above gadgets may not individually make a huge energy saving, they certainly maintain awareness of saving energy and serve as a fun reminder to turn lights off / keep the heating or air-conditioning at an appropriate level.