The amount that you are spending on powering your home and day-to-day needs is likely a lot more than it needs to be. There are a number of energy saving gadgets that you can get to use energy more efficiently. We’ll go through some of these devices which are sure to help keep your monthly spending on energy
What Energy Saving Gadgets Can Help Me Save on Gas?
A lot of ways that we use gas in our homes can be made far more efficient. From heating our homes when we aren’t in, to losing heat due to draughty windows, there are a number of gadgets that can help us not only save money, but reduce our carbon footprint. Here are some of the best ones:
- Radiator Foil: According to the Centre for Sustainable Energy, around 35% of your radiator heat is wasted through the walls. There is an easy solution to this, simply place some radiator foil behind your radiator, which will help to keep most of the heat in your home and not out on the street! The Radflek Radiator protector costs £21.99, and claims to save 95% of lost heat energy from radiators.
- Smart Thermostat: One of the biggest ways in which we waste our energy is by having the heating on when we are not in the house or having it on higher than it needs to be, or heating rooms that we don’t need it to heat. A smart thermostat gives you far better control over when and how your home is heated. The Nest Learning Thermostat from Google can be controlled with your smartphone, it uses machine learning to understand your habits and when and how to best heat your home. It can even automatically switch off when you leave the house. It costs £219 (RRP).
- Chimney Draught Excluder: If you are one of the lucky people who own a fireplace in their home then good for you! Those cozy evenings with the fire on are to die for. However, when the fireplace isn’t being used, a lot of heat is lost through the chimney, meaning that your central heating system will have to work harder to heat up your home. A chimney draught excluder can reduce some of the heat lost, saving you money. The Chimney Sheep claims that it can save you 4% of your monthly heating bill, meaning that it will pay itself off in just 6 months costing just £17.50.
What Are Good Electricity Saving Gadgets?
There are also a number of gadgets that can help you save on your electricity bills too, here are some of the best ones:
- Energy Saving Plugs: You may not know this, but your appliances still use up energy when they are on standby or turned off. This is known as ‘vampire energy’ and may cost up to £30 per year. You can cut this down by pulling out your plugs from the wall or turning the switch off whenever you aren’t using them, but it’s easy to forget and we all have more important things to do. The Belkin Wemo can be controlled by your smartphone, it can show you the electricity usage from the plug, as well as allowing you to set timers for it to automatically switch on or off. It costs £49.99 RRP.
- LED Light Bulbs: LED light bulbs have been proven to be far more efficient than traditional light bulbs. They use 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, saving you a lot of money in the long run. Philips LED light bulbs come in all shapes and sizes, and retail from £3 up, making it an easy and relatively inexpensive switch over.
What Other Energy Saving Gadgets Are There?
- Smart meters. One of the best gadgets you can get to ensure that you save energy is a smart meter. These show you exactly how much energy you are using at any one time, as well as allowing you to set budgets so that you can more easily control your spending on energy. As part of the government’s plan to roll them out in 2020, they are free to install. Talk to your energy supplier to find out how you can get one in your home.
- Eco showers. Whether you have a gas fuelled power shower or an electric one, showering is one of the biggest users of energy on a day-to-day basis. Buying an eco shower head can help to cut down on both the amount of water and energy you use. The Ecocamel Jetstorm costs £29.95 RRP, it injects air into your shower, meaning that you still get high water pressure while cutting down on the amount of water that is used.