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Contributed by Dan Thompson
10 Cool Gadgets that Put Money Back in Your Pocket
There is an old marketing adage that insists that for a business to make
money it has to spend money. There’s truth in that for business, but when it
comes to personal money management don’t count on it unless you have a clear
That’s exactly what these inexpensive yet handy gadgets offer-clear
strategies capable of reducing the high cost of your home’s electricity,
water and gas.
Don’t get me wrong-I am not saying that you cannot reduce your energy
consumption without buying a gadget to do it, but the following ten such
gadgets sure do make the job a
lot easier, which means you’re more likely to carry through to see the net
1. Outlet Sealers. Electrical sockets and switch plates on exterior walls
can be hidden sources of drafts that may lead to high heating and cooling
costs. Socket sealers are
really easy to install and act as a buffer between your home’s inside
and the outdoor air, helping to keep conditioned air in and outside air out.
The Duck Brand 283333 Socket Sealers Variety Pack comes with 16 outlet
sealers, 6 switch plates
and 2 decorative covers. About $5.
2. Window Shrink Film. Chilly winter or hot summer weather can send the home
heating/air conditioning bill through the roof. But a little insulation goes
a long way.
You can cut a chunk out of your power bill by making your home more energy
efficient when you install window shrink film. It’s easy, using a
conventional hair dryer with film
like you can get in a Duck Brand 281506 Indoor 10-Window Shrink Film
Insulator Kit. This particular kit will insulate the equivalent of ten 3′ x
5′ windows for a total of
3. Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometer. Rubbermaid Commercial FGR80DC
Stainless Steel Refrigerator/Freezer Monitoring Thermometer, -20 to 80
About $6. Keeping your refrigerator and freezer cooling at the proper
temperature ensures that you aren’t wasting energy by keeping it too cold,
but not wasting food either
by keeping it not cold enough! A monitoring thermometer like the Rubbermaid
Commercial Refrigerator/Freezer Monitoring Thermometer is a very
cost effective way to make sure your temps are just right. About $6.4. Surge
Protector/Autoswitch. Stop for a moment and think about all of the
electronics you have plugged into your home outlets. Can’t remember? Take a
walk through the house tonight after dark and check out all the little green
staring at you. They’re using energy 24/7. Stop the phantom power drain with
a surge protector that automatically turns off power when not in use. That
one move will reduce
your power bill by saving energy. The 7-Outlet Smart Strip SCG-3M Energy
Saving Surge Protector with Autoswitching Technology (you may need several
to accommodate all your
stuff) is just the ticket.
About $26 each.
5. Power Conserve Switch. What about your coffee pot, electric grill,
clothing, heater and electric fans that are plugged in all over the house?
Rather than a large multi-
outlet power strip, use individual power conserve switches-one per
electrical item. The Conserve Power Switch completely shuts off power
including standby power to your
electronics and appliances with the flip of a switch. Take a look at
this Six-Pack Belkin Power Conserve Illuminated Switches. Easy to use and a
great way to bring your electricity bill down month after month. About $40.
6. Kill-A-Watt. With this handy gadget, you can easily figure out which of
your appliances are actually worth keeping plugged in. Simply connect these
appliances to the Kill A
Watt EZ, and it will assess how efficient they really are. The large LCD
display will measure consumption by the kilowatt-hour-the same way your
local utility figures it-
letting you calculate your cumulative electrical expenses and
forecast by the day, week, month, even an entire year. With the amazing P3
International Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor you’ll know (get
ready) “watts” killing you!
7. Shower Head. A really good low-flow shower head will radically cut your
water consumption per shower without giving the person showering any sense
of deprivation, but your
water bill will certainly show the difference. This Niagara 1.5 GPM Chrome
Shower Head is spectacular with its 9-jet adjustable turbo massage that
easily rotates from a gentle
needle spray to a forceful jet. About $8.
8. Faucet Aerator. A faucet aerator saves water and energy by producing
forceful streams in kitchen and bathroom sinks at a reduced flow rate that
minimizes the amount of
energy needed to heat hot water. Save energy two ways-heating the water and
the amount of water used to get the job done. This 0.5 GPM Low Flow
Dual-Thread Faucet Aerator for
kitchen and bath comes in a 6-pack for only about
9. Programmable Thermostat. A programmable thermostat can save you up to 33
percent of your energy bill, if used as directed. You set it up to adjust
the temperature when you
are away or asleep-times when you don’t necessarily need to heat or cool
your home to optimum comfort-and your HVAC equipment
runs less. Plus, your heating or cooling comes back to the comfort level you
desire before you come home or wake up. This Honeywell 5-2 Day Programmable
Thermostat is super
easy to install and comes pre-programmed for your convenience. About $25.
10. Motion Activated Solar Lights. Solar-powered motion activated light can
provide your home, yard, walkways, driveway and garden with free power to
light your property for
both security and safety. Lemontec Garden Waterproof Wireless Security
Bright Motion Sensor Solar Lights are brighter than other similar lights on
the market with high-powered
LEDs of up to 80 lumens! Extremely cost-effective in a 4-pack. About $30.
By Mary Hunt on 06/16/16