What is the coolest new tech in the market for saving energy and which doesn’t cost the earth?
Having looked into the future I see that what is needed today is tech that helps us reduce our energy use and in so doing helps us save the world from global warning.
SO what are the new and wonderful things that will help us reduce our energy use?
It sounds crazy I know but the cold fact is that built in fridge thermostats are fairly inaccurate. They are generally built into the fridge walls and so do not give a true reading of the actual air temperature in the fridge. To keep a fridge healthy and free of bacteria it should be maintained at between 3 and 5 degrees Centigrade. With a fridge thermometer placed centrally in the fridge and hanging in the air space you can achieve a more accurate reading of temperature therefore actually get the fridge to the temperature band required. Note: for best results simply place your thermometer into the fridge and leave for 24 hours. Thereafter if the temperature is higher than 5 degree centigrade or lower than 3 degrees centigrade adjust you fridge controls accordingly. Having you fridge temperature set to the appropriate temperature could save you money (if your fridge was colder than required) and could keep your fridge environment healthy (if your fridge was hotter than required). This is a cheap little device that could be a real life saver.
OK this sounds even crazier than the fridge thermostats but in reality showers are probably one of the biggest consumers of energy in the home. If you have electric heating then you could be paying as much as 10p for every minute that you are in your shower. Think about it, if you have a 5 minute shower that is 50pence. The biggest challenge is knowing how long you are in the shower. I like most people don’t wear my watch in the shower, so without a shower clock you are pretty much guessing. A shower clock could save you hundreds of pounds over the year and pay for themselves within days. They may to be advanced tech but what they do is very effective. So if you haven’t got a shower clock I suggest you may want to take a look at what is on offer by clicking on the image above.
Yes they have gone and invented a thermal kettle that has vacuum walls which keeps the heat in. You know those cups that you take in the car to keep your coffee warm, well this is the kettle equivalent. Instead of boiling the kettle every time you want a fresh cup of coffee, you simply pour the hot water which is left in the kettle from the last time it was boiled. As I drink 10 cups of coffee a day this could save someone like me a fortune over the year. Given that it has a 1.5 litre capacity I estimate that I could save around 3.5p per avoided boil which for me works out at £115 per year (based on my 10 cups a day and 20p/kWh electricity tariff). This means that this kettle would pay for itself in less than 6 months.
Last but not least has to be the smart power strip (or extension lead is you are like me and live in the UK and are over 40). This could little device means I can turn off anything from my phone or via the Google Home Hub. It means that when the kids leave the power on the TV and wonder off to bed I can simply click a button on my phone and the power goes off completely. The greatest thing about this piece of tech is that I can remotely turn things on and off using my smart phone, which means even when I am not in the house I can control my energy use. No more timers, no more arguing with kids about turning things off. It is a simple click and off. Now if you want to know the payback on these things then you need to consider what could be left plugged in and turned on. If it is a computer, TV, Satellite box or similar kit you could easily expect to be saving 100 watts per hour for 10 hours a day (night time) and so possible saving around £75 to £100 per year. Payback is around 3 months.
Now each of these devices may not be as sexy as some of the other cool stuff on the market like the latest sports Electric Vehicle or next generation see through solar PV system BUT they are cheap, they save energy and they can be installed without planning or taking out a major loan in order to look cool.
For me simplicity is the answer and these guys a simple but very effective. So if you want to save energy, save money and have something to show your friends the next time they come around then I would recommend to consider one of these cool tech devices.