Boosting your energy efficiency is a great way to save money, while reducing your carbon footprint.
That’s easier said than done though… Right? Actually, there are a whole load of great gadgets and devices which can help cut your energy bills drastically. It’s well worth taking a look at what is out there and experimenting – your wallet (and the environment) will thank you for it.
1. Plug In Electricity Monitor
If you fancy getting hands on and getting to the root of your electricity problems quickly, a Plug In Electricity Monitor should be your go-to device.
Simply plug the monitor into an AC socket, then plug your device into the monitor. It will start measuring the amount of electricity used by the device, before giving you an average. With this average, you’ll be able to calculate how much money this particular device is costing you in energy!
There are a variety of Monitors out there on the market, all with different price tags. Find one that fits your budget, but ensure you read reviews first!
2. Efergy Ego
Efergy’s Ego system allows you to control the electricity output of your house from your smartphone. It’s an all-in-one solution to reducing your energy usage.
It’s easy to set up too. You plug your devices into Efergy’s Smart Sockets, and connect them to an app on your phone. From there, you’ll be able to turn the socket on and off whenever you wish. You can even set up timers, so devices will automatically turn off or on at specific times. Very smart!
Setting up a complete Ego system in your home is quite expensive, but we recommend trying out one or two Smart Sockets to begin with. Attach them to your most energy-hungry appliances, and see if it helps cut down your energy bills before investing further.
3. Free Smart Meters
Gas and electricity suppliers are responsible for ensuring every home is fitted with a smart meter by 2020, so contact your supplier and jump to the front of the queue!
A smart meter can help reduce your energy bills immediately. It gives a more accurate reading of your energy usage, potentially reducing the costs of your bills instantly. Some suppliers will also fit you with a monitor, helping you keep a close eye on your costs. It could make a big difference in the long run.
4. Easybulb Smart Bulbs
Easybulb Bulbs are designed to save energy, but with an app on your phone, they can also be controlled remotely.
If you’ve ever felt guilty about accidentally leaving a light on all day, Easybulb is for you. They can be turned on and off via an app on your smartphone, and you can set timers too. Looking to control the amount of energy used by your lights? The Easybulb is a must have.
Plus, you can change the colour of the light through the app – how cool is that?
5. Nest Thermostat
The Nest Thermostat is one of the priciest options on this list, but it’s also one of the most effective methods of cutting down your energy bills.
A Nest Thermostat is a “smart” thermostat which changes the temperature in your home, depending on your lifestyle. For example, it will notice when you regularly raise or lower the temperature, and will begin to implement these changes automatically.
It can also control your hot water tank, giving you extra hot water when you need it, and reducing the cost of heating the tank when you’re away. The upfront cost may be hefty, but a Nest Themostat can really make a big difference to your home.
6. Thermal Leak Detector
Want to ensure your home is properly insulated? This Thermal Leak Detector from Black & Decker can identify hot or cold draughts in your home, letting you see where you need to re-insulate.
This can help massively reduce energy wastage in your home, cutting your bills and making you more efficient overall!
7. Water Saving Monitor
Another important thing to consider when cutting down energy bills is water usage. Hot water needs to be used sparingly in an energy efficient household, and showers can quickly set you back.
A water saving monitor can help you keep track of the water you’re using in the shower. There are loads available on the market, ranging from visual monitors which track precise water losses to a simple hourglass which gives you a brisk four minutes in the shower. If you’re interested in saving water, it’s worth taking a look at what is available.