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Six Great Gadgets that Save you Money on Electricity

Gadgets save electricity

Gadgets save electricity

Still shocked at how much you have to pay for electricity? The average US national monthly electricity bill is $107. In Maryland, the state where I am living, the average is $129. There are many ways to save energy and lower your bills. The small savings here and there can add up.

Our October electricity bill is $40.31, which is pretty good for a 4-person family in a 2000+ square foot house. One important way to lower electricity cost is to use small gadgets. Here are six small gadgets can help lower your electricity bills.

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1. Portable Heater

If we only need to raise the temperature of certain rooms, such as a bedroom, there is no need to keep the central heating on or to turn up a thermostat high in order to heat the whole house. A portable heater will be enough to keep the room heated. Also, since it is portable, we have the flexibility to take it to the different rooms as needed.

We own two Lasko 754200 Ceramic heaters, and I really like this little device. The heater is small, light, and quiet. It is intended to warm small rooms. When I work from home in my study room, I only need to turn on the heater in that room.

I usually turn it on in my kids’ rooms before they go to bed at night and before they wake up in the morning so that they feel warm and comfortable. I tend to turn it off when the room is warm enough, and I never leave the heater on during sleep or when I am not present (caution does no harm).  

Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat

2. Electric Kettle

If you like to drink hot tea or just hot water, an electric kettle is a must-have. I used to use a stove to boil water or use a microwave to heat water, but neither is an economical way to get hot water. As the article on Treehugger claims, when comparing the efficiency of boiling water, the electric kettle is a clear winner over stove and microwave for saving money and energy.

The kettle that I am using now is Stainless Steel Electric Kettle by LiBa. Very fast and powerful. I like the cool design too.

Stainless Steel Electric Kettle by LiBa

3. Portal Single Burner

Do I have to turn on the kitchen stove whenever I need to cook something as simple as a fried eggs or hot cereal? That’s the question that I often asked myself before I found this electric single burner–small and convenient, but working well. I can cook simple things with it in our screen room so I don’t even need to turn on the kitchen fan and there is no food smell indoors at all. Plus, it can go with us when we have a road trip or go camping. How nice is that!

 

IMUSA USA GAU-80305 1100W Electric Single Burner, Black

IMUSA USA GAU-80305 1100W Electric  Single Burner

4. Toaster Oven

I admit that baking has never been my strength, so I rarely need the regular oven for baking cakes or bread. However, I do need an oven that can heat frozen chicken nuggets or toast bread. A toaster oven is a big energy saver and can just get the job done.

I love the BLACK+DECKER 4-Slice Toaster Oven. My previous one lasted for nearly ten years. It is well worth the money. 

BLACK+DECKER TO1303SB 4-Slice Toaster Oven

5. Low Flow Showerhead

We recently installed low-flow showerhead, a money-saving device. While it decreases the flow rate of water during the shower, it also helps reduce the use of electricity needed to heat the water. It is estimated that using low flow showerhead can save over $100 per year if electricity is used for water heating.

Niagara Earth Massage 1.25GPM Low Flow Showerhead

Niagara Earth Massage 1.25GPM Low Flow Showerhead

6. Surge Protector Power Strip

Basically, the surge protector power strip automatically cuts power to the peripherals when you turn off electric devices such as a TV or a DVD player to prevent waste of standby power (phantom loads). It has individual outlet switches that allow selection on which device needs to be turned on and off.

Tripp Lite 7 Outlet (6 Individually Controlled) Surge Protector Power Strip, 6ft Cord

Tripp Lite 7 Outlet (6 Individually Controlled) Surge Protector Power Strip, 6ft Cord

 It is never too late to start your saving energy and money. Why not start with these inexpensive, energy-efficient gadgets? Hope you will see a decrease in your electricity spending soon. 

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27 comments

  1. These are awesome! Anything to save money on electricity is always appreciated!

    One Awesome Momma

    1. Thanks. I am glad you like these ideas.

  2. Great ideas! We love our low flow shower head! Luckily we don’t need heaters too much where we live, but we definitely try to save water!

    1. Nice that you are living in a warm area. It is getting cold in Maryland. Utility bills will skyrocket in winter if we don’t have a good energy/money saving plan.

  3. Oh wow, great ideas! I don’t even think of most of them.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I am glad you like those ideas.

  4. Electric kettles are my go to especially for the winter.

    1. Total agree. Love those kettles, as I only drink warm water in winter.

  5. Oh, thank you for the reminder that I need to replace my portable space heater!!

    1. Glad you find this post helpful.

  6. My husband uses a portable heater at his business and I think I’ll be putting a toaster oven on my Christmas list for sure!

    1. Some of my colleagues keep a portable heater in office (due to unpredictable temperature in office space). Yes, toaster oven is really nice. You will find it a nice addition to your kitchen!

  7. Really awesome products here, great list!

    1. Thank you, Jasmine!

  8. A toaster oven and surge protectors are staples in my home. Happy to know I’m on the right track to conserving electricity.

    1. Yes, you are! Thanks for the comment, Melissa.

  9. These are all great tips! I would have never thought of the shower head, glad you shared this.

    1. Thanks, Stacy, for dropping by. Glad you found some helpful information from it!

  10. These are some really great ideas! Our heating bill is outrageous here in WI. I love that single burner…I’ve never seen one before.

    1. Thanks, Shann! The burner is great. I have used it for a few months and really like it. Super easy to use.

  11. Great, simple tips! So versatile and easy to implement. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Rose. Glad you think the tips are helpful!

  12. This was such an informative post (: I am going to keep the outlet electricity in mind.

    xoxo
    Isaly Holland
    http://www.memoriesbyisaly.com

    1. Sounds good. Thanks for visiting and making comments.

  13. This is a wonderful list of gadgets to save electricity. I guess in today’s era, each one of us should replace the existing gadgets with electricity saving and hence resource saving gadgets like these

    1. Thanks, Neha. I am glad that you thought those ideas are helpful.

  14. lol I have almost the exact same stuff except portable stove…. also look into adding faucet aerators to your sinks and making the toilets more efficient.

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