5 Eco-Friendly Products For The Smart Saver


rechargeables eneloop starter packThis 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

Monitor your power usage with kill a wattDo 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

Water saving showerhead
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

Energy efficient light bulbs vs incandescent bulbsIncandescent 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

Motion activated floodlight with solar power

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?

That concludes my list of energy savings tips through eco friendly gadgets! What is your favorite eco-friendly product?

26 thoughts on “5 Eco-Friendly Products For The Smart Saver

  1. Along the lines of kill-a-watt, I have the Black & Decker Power Monitor and like it. You attach it to your power meter and the remote handheld display unit displays total power use throughout the house – handy for understanding what the power draw is of various appliances in your house.

  2. Great tips, I wish I knew someone local with a “kill-a-watt” device! I would love to borrow it occasionally :)

  3. I love, love rechargable batteries. They literally changed our travel experience. But… and don’t thow stones at me… I don’t really like those new energy efficient light bulbs. Somehow they don’t work very well and go out more often than old, not energy efficient and good ones. :-) Great tips!

  4. Glad to know that rechargeable batteries have come a long way. When I think of them I think of my youth and my grandfather insisting on me using them…..and my little radio always dying in the middle of the Phillies games….

  5. @brokeprofessionals: I agree. I was never a fan of rechargeables since they had this habit of dying abruptly. But the new ones(especially Eneloop) are as good as the non-rechargeables. I do not know when the technology improved, but I’m glad it did!

    @Aloysa: I’ve had a few of those Aloysa! I always kept blaming the power supply – now I’m not so sure! :)

    @MR: Kill A Watt is truly wonderful! I never realized keeping the printer plugged in could leak so much electricity.

    @Jaymus: I saw these at Sears I think. Wasn’t sure if they were similar to KillAWatt … glad to know!

  6. I love rechargable batteries- I don’t know why anyone would want to buy non-rechargable ones :( So bad for the environment.

    The other day, my boyfriend and I were buying shower heads, and I chose the “water efficient” one instead of the non-efficient one for the same reasons you outline! :)

  7. I have used all energy saving light bulbs and shower heads. One can actually save significant money with such shower heads, and can do well to conserve a precious resource in the process.

    Rechargeable batteries are a really good thing, and I don’t have much excuse other than a hectic life for not using them. I should put this on my list of things to purchase. Hey, every little bit of savings helps, and can add up over time!

  8. Great tips. I do however find rechargeable batteries pretty expensive. If I could ever get over the initial payment, I’m sure that I’ll find their price well worth it in the end.

  9. I’m completely on board with the rechargeable battery thing! I’m going to look into the solar/motion detect. flood lights, too. Great find!

  10. Incandescent light bulbs are no longer manufactured. The bad news is that CFL’s contain mercury and will pollute the environment when they are disposed. Does the potential energy saved outweigh the pollution issues? Probably not, and if you break one you now have mercury issues with the clean up. LEDs are the real green light bulb, but they cost a fortune. Hopefully the price will drop as more are manufactured.

  11. These are great tips!!! I definitely need to use rechargeable batteries again. The energy-efficient light bulbs have jut been phenomenal: I wish I had discovered them earlier.

  12. Lots of great tips here, especially the rechargeable batteries bit! This really helps me to save on buying lots of batteries for my wireless keyboard and mouse. I agree with The Biz of Life regarding CFLs, though, and I personally find the lighting quality to be abysmal. It’s incandescents and halogen incandescents for me.

  13. My favorite green product is simple, efficient, and cheap…My bicycle! No emissions, exercise, fresh air, and I can park it anywhere! Bikes Rule!

  14. @youngandthrifty, @squirrelers, @jessica: The new rechargeables (Eneloop) are fantastic! Apple recently introduced rechargeables and someone ripped it apart and found Eneloop batteries simply rebranded as Apple! (with a nice markup of course!)

    @Romeo: The prices are coming down and as more and more people use them I’m sure the price will be competitive.

    @Biz of Life: Agree, LEDs are awesome if expensive! At least our traffic lights are all LEDs these days!

    @Roshawn: The EE light-bulbs still have a small warm up time – only a matter of time before that is fixed!

    @invest it wisely: For wireless mouse and keyboard – rechargeables are the way to go! I do not know how efficient the new mice are, I had bought a BT mouse a few years back, that thing was a guzzler!

    @DP: Of course! The bicycle – the technology is simple yet so useful and green! Human power rules!

  15. Well, everyone should consider solar source of energy,as we are heading towards the energy crisis. Misuse of energy resources has let the price of Natural source to be increased. You had made a good initiative at least by mentioning some information on these natural source. Save electricity and water.

  16. Been a big fan of rechargables for years. Though after 8 years mine are getting to the point where they’re not holding a charge anymore. Time to buy new ones.

    I’m still on the fence on CFLs. Used, burnt out CFLs are not ecofriendly. They’re actually hazardous waste. The energy savings are good, but I’m not sure if the trade-off will be worth it in the long run. I’d also like the packaging to be a little clearer in terms of actual light output.

    • You should try the new ones that come pre-charged. They are not kidding about holding a charge for a long period of time!

  17. I think Eco friendly products are the future and I think we should all be using them so that we do our bit for the environment. We all know there’s an energy crisis coming so we should do out bit to help out! Some great products listed here.

  18. Great ideas. I switched to CFL bulbs a few years ago and that does save us some money over all. We also conserve water my doing the whole “If it’s yellow,let it mellow thing” in our bathroom (the guest bathroom is rarely used and we don’t mention it to guests. ;)) However, we haven’t switched over to rechargeable batteries and really need to. Thanks for this information.

    As for Kill a Watt. I kind of already know which appliances are energy hogs – our computers. I track our usage through our electric bill and have been on a mission to reduce it!

    • Conserving water is a good point you bring up. We can do our part by even fixing a dripping faucet.

      A first time user of Kill A Watt will always be in for a surprise!

  19. I never knew about the Kill-a-watt thing. Does the cost justify the savings? Once you’re finished plugging everything in to determine its energy cost, what can you use it for?

  20. If you are a gardener, a great way to save on your water bill is to get a gutter downspout diverter and rain barrel. The water from your roof is free and it’s better for your plants than chlorinated water from the tap.

  21. I never even knew there were water saving shower heads, gotta look out for those.

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