The Best Energy Saving Gadgets For 2020

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Are you interested in learning how to save energy in your home? Utility bills are a significant expense in your homes, so you likely are always of the lookout for opportunities to save.  However, we should also consider the planet.  Making the most of resources is essential for the future of the environment.  It is hard for anyone to deny the international climate crisis that is dominating the headlines.

Consequently, 2020 seems like a great time to embrace some of the best gadgets for our home.  At the start of a new decade, we can make a new commitment to cutting down our energy use.  Here we offer a guide on some of the best technology around to help you in your mission.

The Standby Buster

Probably one of the most shocking wastes of energy is the standby button.  If you walk around a home overnight, there will be a host of red lights flashing here and there.  Most people do not fully power down the devices in the house and so waste energy.  It is less the impact of one household and more the accumulative effect across a town, city and country.

The Energy Saving Trust is working hard to encourage people to use the Standby Buster.  This is a device that is remote operative.  You can plug your devices into the sockets, and you will have the option of switching them off completely.  Each pack has three outlets and remote control – and will cost you £30.  However, one box will likely save you £40 a year on your electricity bill.  The investment makes sense.

The Smart Thermostat

The Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionising how we live our lives. You can now install a thermostat that connects to your internet.  You can then control the settings on your mobile phone.  Imagine this scenario: you are travelling home from work, and the temperature has plummeted.  If you wait till you get home to switch your heating on, you will be chilly for about half an hour.  Alternatively, you can pull out your phone and switch your heat on and set it to the perfect temperature for your return.

The Freeloader

You can take energy from the sun and use it to charge your devices.  This device may cost about £40, but you will not have to pay to charge your phones, headphones, tablets, laptops and more.  You will quickly get a return on your investment within a year.  However, the Freeloader gadget is more genius than just an energy-saving, money-saving device.  You can also charge your most precious tech whether you are camping, travelling in remote lands, on a long-distance train journey or the aeroplane.  I would imagine that idea got your attention!

The Eco Kettle

 The Eco Kettle is another recommendation from the Energy Saving Trust.  Each time you boil a standard kettle, you heat a lot more water than you need.  Using the eco-kettle only heats the amount of water to make your cup of coffee.  The resulting energy saving, about 31% each time you boil, will make a significant difference over a month or a year.  Sometimes it is the simple choices that are both easy and effective.

The Edyn Garden Senses

Grow your own vegetables is going to become an increasing trend.  Not only does growing your own food help to counter the damaging effects of industrial growing chemicals entering the environment, but it also ensures you are eating food that is lower in toxins.  There are all sorts of benefits to the planet – from the reduction in food miles for your meals to the positive effect of greenery on the atmosphere.  To do this efficiently – with the best light and taking as little water as possible – you need the Edyn Garden Sensor.  This helps to maximise the growth of fruit and veg by optimising the light, soil and weather conditions for the plants.

Ecobutton

The Ecobutton is an award-winning device.  It is amazingly simple – but highly impactful.  You can buy the big green button for as little as £5 and save £50 over a year.  When you press the Ecobutton it will send your PC or laptop into sleep mode – where it should use little or no energy.  Without this, your computer will use small surges of power while it waits for you to return – wasting a lot of energy.

Summary

None of these devices alone, just in your home, will save the world. However, every small decision can add up to a significant impact.  The more choices you can make in your home to save energy will help.  You cannot check to see if your neighbour is doing it too – but you could always buy these gadgets as gifts to properly pass the word!

Written by Julie Hanson

Julie is passionate about property – development, investment and portfolio planning. Along with husband Alec, Julie is actively building a property portfolio while helping others to do the same.

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