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 monthly electricity bill is within a range of $40-$50, which is pretty good for a 4-person family in a 2000+ square foot house. One important way that I’ve been using to lower electricity cost is to use small gadgets.
Here are my favorite six small gadgets.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 turn it off when the room is warm enough, and I never leave the heater on during sleep or when I am not present (extra caution does no harm).
It is never too late to start using gadgets to save electricity. Why not start with these inexpensive, energy-efficient gadgets? Hope you will see a decrease in your electricity spending soon.
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- Six Tips for Saving Money on Your Electricity Bill
- How I Saved $500 a Year on Utilities by Making 2 Phone Calls