In these financially restrictive times, the majority of the population is looking to save money just about wherever they can. There are a number of eco-friendly items that can not only work towards saving the planet but can also lessen the burden on our family finances too. In this article, we’re going to look at five green gadgets that could dramatically lower your bills, enabling you to save more. Let’s get started.
Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Using almost 80% less electricity than regular bulbs a single energy saving bulb could save you around $60 on the cost of your electricity over the course of its lifetime. A house filled with energy saving bulbs could save a household a small fortune, especially as they can last for up to ten times longer than regular bulbs, meaning that you are saving on the cost of having to buy replacements too.
It’s hard to consider using these when the sun is shining, but come winter you will be glad you have them. This wonderful gadget uses a small fan to direct the heat from the radiator into your room much more effectively, making your room feel much warmer in half the time it usually takes. This in turn makes your boiler shut off sooner and can wind up saving you around $140 per year on the cost of your heating bills, all for a $25 investment.
The Glow Brick
There are tens of thousands of households that leave a night light on for a child, often more than one child, so that is either a main household light left on all night or two separate plug in night lights, all using electricity and ramping up your bills. The Glow Brick is a fabulous alternative to a traditional night light; it gives out a soothing blue or green glow throughout the night and its best feature? It uses no electricity whatsoever. The Glow Brick incorporates solar panels that soak up the light during the day. The cost of this night time wonder is great too at $45, a small investment which will rapidly reduce your electricity consumption.
As soon as the chill of winter sets in, we all ramp up the heating, not realizing that a large percentage of that heat is lost through our windows. Thermal curtains can reduce this heat loss by around 25%, leaving your room feeling warmer and even allowing you to turn the thermostat down a degree or two. These are priced approximately the same as normal curtains, but can really make a difference to your winter fuel bills.
Electrical Shower Heads
The amount of money we spend each and every day on heating up hot water is ridiculous. And, unless you live in a home with lots of people showering daily, it’s likely that the majority of your hot water goes to waste. One way to save energy – and your utility bill – is by purchasing an electric shower head. These only heat up the water that you use and don’t require a water heater of any sort. They’re especially popular in countries like Brazil, but they’ve also been purchased a lot in the United States. They also guarantee energy savings of up to 25%, so imagine how large a saving that would be on your energy bills!
If you’re struggling to pay your electricity and gas bills, consider purchasing one or more of the items above. All of them can be found for relatively cheap prices, and you are sure to reap the benefits in the future.