Gadgets that Help You Save Power

voltage If you want to save the planet and your wallet then start by doing what you can to save energy. Electronic gadgets tend to be little energy hogs. But you can counteract this effect when you chose devices that are made to save power.

Black and Decker Power Monitor

The Black and decker Power Monitor can show you how much energy that you various appliances are using as they are turned on. It will show you how much energy you are using minute by minute, and it will even tell you how much you are paying for that electricity. This can help you locate the biggest energy hogs in your home, as well as help you think twice before you turn something on.

Programable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat helps you save money by automatically lowering your heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer when you are away or asleep. You can set different temperatures at different times and also override them if your plans change. This can cut out a lot of energy use by your home.

HYmini Power Station

Imagining being able to power your small devices using the power of the sun or the wind? The HYmini converts solar and wind power to electricity that you can use to recharge your cell phones, music players and other gadgets. You just need to put it in a sunny spot or strap it to your bike. It will store energy in its battery and then give it back when you need it. Isn’t this a great idea? For only $74.95, you can have your own little green power plant.

Power Strip

Have you heard of vampire electronics? These are devices and appliances that use energy on stand by mode, even when they are switched off. Newer televisions, cable boxes, even microwaves can all suck energy this way. Investing in a power strip that you can switch off when your appliances are off is a great idea and saves you from having to unplug them. Newer power strips, such as Belkin Conserve Energy-Saving Surge Protector allow you to shut off power to some devices while leaving the power flowing to others.

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