4. Energy Star Appliances
If you have to buy a new microwave, toaster oven, refrigerator, ceiling fan or other appliance, shop for Energy Star certified products. These appliances offer significant savings in operation, often saving you enough money to pay for the appliance in just a few months. Washing machine technologies have come particularly far recently, and you can now get a machine that costs less than $80 per year to operate.
5. Charging Stations
One common cause of energy waste around the home is phantom power. This results from electronics that are plugged in but not turned on, sucking as much as 8 percent of a home’s power for nothing. Charging stations are available which automatically turn off and stop phantom power leaks when phones or MP3 players are fully charged. Others shut off after a specific length of time, such as after 4.5 hours. Most cell phones are fully charged in this length of time.
6. Smart Power Strips
Instead of having to unplug umpteen appliances and electronics around the house every night, consider a smart power strip that cuts phantom power from anything plugged into it. This is ideal for hard to reach plugs on the floor, in the back of the kitchen counter, under the computer desk, and behind the TV.
These gadgets vary in price, but all are able to save you enough money on the power bill to justify the purchase price. Ask your landlord if he’s willing to deduct the price of some of these items from your rent in exchange for you doing the work of installation. This is an easy way for him to upgrade the property with little effort and expense.
Any new gadgets you’d like to add to this list that have help you save money and energy? Share your thoughts in the comments below.