This is a no-brainer! Rechargeable battery technology has improved so much that there really isn’t an excuse for not using them. The new generation rechargeables have a number of advantages over the traditional ones.
- They retain charge for a long period of time
- No ‘Memory-loss’ effect
- Can be re-used hundreds of times without loss of efficiency
- They can be bought pre-charged
- As good as alkaline batteries
- Not expensive
You can never have enough of these!
Kill A Watt
Do you know which appliance contributes the most towards your electricity bill? Does a device that’s plugged in, but not switched on, consume electricity? How much do you really save with that energy efficient refrigerator? Kill A Watt helps you answer these questions!
Kill-A-Watt by itself doesn’t save energy, but it helps gauge the usage. Here’s how it works. You plug in your appliance via KillAWatt, enter in your local utility rate and Kill A Watt will calculate your electricity expenses for the day, week, month and year. If you are technically inclined, you can find out energy consumption by the kilo watt-hour.
The newer models come with auto-timers and with a surge protector. Once you use this to estimate energy costs, you WILL switch off that TV before going to bed! Trust me!
Know and reduce your energy costs.
Water Saving Showerheads
Americans consume an average of 36,500 gallons of water annually! And a majority of it comes from your shower! Most showerheads have a water flow of 2.5 gallons a minute. If you can cut that to 1.5 gallons per minute you can cut down 40% of your normal usage. Invest in a quality shower head.
Water is the most precious resource on earth. Conserve it.
Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs are real cheap and run about $0.75 cents a bulb. But consider this – an energy efficient light bulb consume about 80% less energy than an incandescent bulb and lasts 5 to 8 times longer! It is only a matter of time before states start banning incandescent bulbs, but meanwhile do your part in energy conservation.
Solar Powered Floodlights With Motion Detection
This is a genius idea! The lights turn on only where there is motion – serves as a deterrent and lights up the space (depending upon who you are!), turns off by itself, doesn’t require batteries or even electricity, no wires and the led based light source doesn’t require a replacement!
What’s not to love?