Best Energy Saving Devices for Your Home: From Smart Tech to LED Bulbs

January 11, 2024
12 minutes


In an era where both technology and sustainability are at the forefront of our daily lives, finding the perfect balance between convenience and energy efficiency has never been more important. Today, we'll look at various smart gadgets and gizmos that work as energy savers, meaning they can help you reduce your energy bill whilst enhancing your home's functionality.

A photo of a Google Nest, an iPhone and a smart power strip on a table in front of a power outlet.

In the last few years, a ton of new energy-saving gadgets have hit the market.

We'll go over a few basic devices, from simple efficient lightbulbs to smart, wifi-connected equipment. Let's get right into it!

Before Buying Energy Saving Gadgets: Save Electricity in Other Ways Too!

This may sound strange to put on a list of gadgets, but it's nevertheless important for those looking to reduce energy consumption. That smart thermostat won't do you any good if you keep the windows and doors open, letting out all the heat or cool air it's working so hard to maintain. Likewise, the energy harvested from all those solar panels would be wasted on an inefficient incandescent bulb.

So, our first tip is to pair your smart, energy-saving gadgets with smart home practices. Ensure proper insulation, use energy-efficient lighting, and be conscious of your daily energy habits. This step sets the stage for maximizing the benefits of the energy-saving gadgets we'll explore next.

1. Smart or Wi-Fi Plugs/Sockets

First on the list of gadgets to make life easier and bills cheaper are these simple but game-changing little devices. They are essentially a small meter that sits between your appliance and the socket (though some models replace the socket itself), and they track the current running through them as your appliance draws energy.

They connect to an app on your phone, which allows you to track energy usage in real-time as well as set on-off schedules for the appliance, shutting it off when you don't need to use it. Keep in mind that some cheaper models may not offer the power monitoring feature.

While they're excellent for figuring out what appliance eats up the most energy in your home, these energy saving devices may not be rated for exceptionally large currents (like those needed by hair dryers, large refrigerators, microwaves, electrical stoves, etc.) or for sensitive devices, like desktop computers.

Energy monitors might be the better option in such cases, and depending on your setup, you may want to opt for a smart power strip instead. Make sure you check the specifications of your device closely!

2. LED Lightbulbs

A photo of an LED lightbulb on a dark background.

These little guys are your entry ticket to saving electricity. Don't pass up on them.

While not necessarily a gadget, LED lightbulbs are a staple when it comes to electricity saving devices. When they first hit the market, they were a novel and expensive way to save energy. But that changed a long time ago.

LED bulbs are more efficient in that they emit less heat during operation. That means more energy getting transformed into light, and less energy being dedicated to heating up your room (which also makes your AC work harder, mind you!). If you absolutely cannot afford an LED lightbulb, opt for fluorescent bulbs at the very least. But stay away from the incandescent ones!

Bonus: Smart and WiFi LEDs

LED lightbulbs can also come equipped with smart and Wi-Fi functionality. They connect to your phone and allow you to dim and control the lighting in your room (and even change the color of the bulb!). Most can also adjust their brightness and color in order to mimic daylight, giving you dim, orange hues in the late afternoon for example.

This feature can significantly enhance your sleep quality and overall well-being, especially if you spend considerable time indoors (voluntarily or not...).

3. Programmable Thermostats

A photo of a digital smart thermostat on the wall. It is set to 63°F.

Another excellent piece of hardware that will save you a lot of work and electricity.

Next in our lineup are programmable thermostats. These energy saving products have revolutionized home heating and cooling, offering great control over your home's climate. They allow you to set temperature schedules according to your daily routine, ensuring comfort while you're at home, and save power at home when you're away.

They are programmable in the sense that you can configure them to push the AC less when you're asleep or away from home, and preemptively warm up or cool down the house right before you return or wake up. This helps maintain a comfortable environment and also cuts down on unnecessary energy usage when the house is empty or everyone is asleep.

Many modern programmable thermostats also come with smart features. They can learn your preferences over time and adjust settings automatically. Plus, with Wi-Fi connectivity, you can control them remotely through your smartphone, making last-minute adjustments easy to do.

4. Automated Blinds or Curtains

Remember watching those futuristic movies where everything in the house was automated, and thinking, "Wow, that's the future right there"? Well, it turns out, the future is now! One of the coolest incarnations of this high-tech dream in our everyday lives comes in the form of automated blinds or curtains. They're not just for show (although they do look really cool), as properly isolating your indoor space from radiant outside heat will obviously help you stay cooler and save on energy.

These devices range from all-in-one units designed to replace your curtains entirely, to simple, motorized devices that can be installed over your existing setup. The practicality of these devices depend on the size of your home; those living in smaller abodes may just prefer managing their curtains manually. But nevertheless, closing the curtains on hot days is a good tip for anyone looking to pay less on their bills.

5. Energy Saver Monitors

Energy monitors are essentially smart plugs on steroids. These clever devices hook a sensor around a live wire and monitor changes in the magnetic field surrounding it. This means they detect the intensity of an electrical current flowing through a wire without needing to touch it. Since a single monitor often comes with multiple sensor points, they can give you a real-time snapshot of your home's energy consumption, exposing how and where you're using (or overusing) energy.

One of the key advantages of energy monitors over smart plugs is their higher current rating, thanks to their indirect sensing method. This also makes them suitable for use with more sensitive electronics in most cases. Unlike smart plugs that need to be attached to each appliance, energy monitors centralize all your readings in one place, providing an overview of your home's energy usage without cluttering your outlets and your Wi-Fi network.

These devices don't directly reduce your energy consumption, but the knowledge they provide does. They can help you identify the most power-hungry appliances in your home at a glance. However, it's up to you to either use those appliances less, or to replace them with more energy-efficient models. Regardless, they are excellent gadgets to have around when you're serious about saving energy.

6. Aerators For Showers and Faucets

Again, not exactly a high-tech gadget, but still something that helps you save in the long run. These devices attach to or replace your faucets or shower heads, and when in use, they introduce tiny bubbles in each water droplet to increase the flow volume whilst using less water.

Directly, they help you save water and, indirectly, electricity or gas—particularly during winter, as you'll use less hot water to get the same work done. Additionally, they're possibly the cheapest bits of equipment you can get to help you save on energy. You won't notice much of a difference in your faucet, but your wallet surely will.

Conclusion: Use Energy Saving Devices

That's our list for today — a roundup of some simple yet powerful devices to lower your electric bill. Each of these items offers a unique way to make your home more energy-efficient, and although they may not apply to all households, we hope this post can help you come up with more ideas to save on electricity.

For good measure, we'd like to leave you with a final tip on saving energy:

Stay away from wireless charging! While phones don't use that much electricity compared to a home, these charging pads are inefficient and sometimes even dangerous. Not only do they take longer to charge your phone, they are also bad for the environment and generate a lot of heat, which puts a dent in the lifespan of your battery (in light of this, never leave your phone in a hot car, as it may even catch fire if you're unlucky).

If, despite that, you still prefer wireless charging for the convenience or if you're worried about wearing out your phone's connector port, we can recommend a magnetic USB cable. It might not look the best, but it might still work for you.

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