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Top 11 Affordable Home Energy-Saving Products

Updated on October 6, 2016

A Guide to Saving Money At Home: A Compiled List of Awesome Products

Saving money and saving energy are skills to be honed. Living off campus next year means I'll have my own apartment, with my own bills. On top of rent, car insurance, internet, cell phone bills along with food and other stuff I'm probably forgetting, there's the dreaded cost of utilities. In my area, during the winter, the average cost of utilities averages around $150-$250. I'm hoping to pay a good amount less by incorporating the tips below.

Average Wattage of Different Appliance/Electronics

Avg Watts (when ON)
Electric Furnace
Central Air Conditioner
Clothes Dryer
Hair Drier
Coffee Machine
Space Heater
Toaster Oven
Cooking Range
Room Air Conditioner
Vacuum Cleaner
Water Heater
Clothes Washer
Espresso Machine
Plasma TV
Video Game Player
Standard TV
Electric Blanket
Standard Mixer
Can Opener
Portable Fan
Curling Iron
Ceiling Fan
Light Bulb
Cable Box
CFL Bulb (60W equivalent)
DVD Player
Satellite Dish
Clock Radio
Portable Stereo
Wireless Router
Cell Phone Charger
Cordless Phone
Answering Machine

What are Energy Vampires? What you need to know about Energy Hungry Appliances

At the side, in the table, I've compiled a list of the average wattage per hour of appliances when turned ON. However, be aware that nearly 5-10% of your bill may be going to something referred to as "Energy Vampires".

Perhaps you practice turning the lights off after leaving a room, or always making sure the tv is off when it's not in use. However, even when appliances such as these, aren't in use, but remain plugged in they STILL USE ELECTRICITY.

Here are some of your hungriest energy appliances:

Refrigerator/Freezer- this appliance runs all down. Unplugging your fridge would allow bad bacteria to grow on your food- this is not doable. But there are little things that you can do to help save some energy. For instance, make sure the fridge seals are good, know what you want before you open the refrigerator and be able to locate it fast and look for a "power saver" switch. You can also raise your fridge/freezer temperature (the warmest it can be ideally is 38 degrees F for the fridge, and 5 degrees F for the freezer).

Water heater- this is another costly appliance to run. There are some things you can do to lower the cost, such as, make sure the thermostat isn't set for more than 120 degrees F. You may want to start timing your showers- this will help you to take shorter showers, using less water. Also choose to wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot or warm water. This means no extra energy is being use to heat your water to wash your clothes.

Warming & Cooling Systems- The cost of these 2 together takes up nearly 50% of your utility bills. There are a few things you can do to ensure your warming and cooling systems steal less money out of your pocket. For instance, you can close off rooms and vents that you don't need heated or cooled, make sure your house is well insulated, cover drafty areas. Be mindful of what you're using!

If you're wondering about what other energy hungry appliances there are, check out 10 Most Costly Appliances. You may be surprised.

Products and Neat Gadgets that may mean potential savings in the long run

Here are a few things you can purchase to help save a heap on your energy costs.

1. Weather Stripping

Weather Stripping- take advantage of a cold day to go around your house or apartment and find where it's a bit drafty. Check all your doors and windows. There are different types of weather-stripping you can buy to help eliminate those drafts and make your home more efficient and save you some money on heating and cooling.

I cannot provide any stats on the effects of drafts in your home, however- sealing all the drafts will save you on heating and cooling. Heating and cooling take up a major portion of your utilities bill.


2. CFL Bulbs

CFL light bulbs- instead of opting for your regular 60W-120W light bulbs, opt for a CFL light bulb (60W equivalent) that uses only 18W per hour instead.

I am a New Yorker. If I had six 60W light bulbs running for 10 hours/day everyday of the year, it'd cost me about $249.27. If I used 18W CFL bulbs instead, it'd cost me about $74.78. That's $174.49 in savings per year or $14.54/month. Something as little as switching your light bulbs could save you maybe $15!I

3. Energy Smart Shower Head

Energy Smart Shower Head- the average person uses anywhere from 5-10 gallons per minute. You can buy water-saving shower heads that flow as low as 1.5 gallons per minute.

For someone who takes a 15 minute shower everyday, uses about 75-150 gallons of hot water per shower. That's 27,375-54,750 gallons per year for one person showering. By switching to a shower head that flows at a rate of 1.5 gallons per minute, you'd be using 22.5 gallons of hot water per 15 minute shower, which is about 8,213 gallons of hot water per year (if you shower everyday). By doing this, you could be using 19,162-46,537 gallons of hot water less every year! And if you cut your showers in half, you'd only be using 4,106 gallons/year or 23,269-50,644 gallons less!


4. Shower Timer

Shower timer- you can buy cheap shower timers on amazon to cut your showers in half. Or you could use the timer on your phone. However, set a timer, and don't just estimate. Setting a timer will pressure you to finish in the allotted time, rather than estimating. Your goal should be 5 minute showers

As I showed you before, the combination of a low-flow shower head, along with cutting your shower time, will save you tens of thousands of gallons per year. By taking just a 5 minute shower, with a 1.5g/min shower head, you will only be using 2,738 gallons/year.

5. Space Heater

Energy saver space heater- instead of heating up your whole place with a furnace, choose to use a small 1500 W space heater to heat up the room you plan to be in.

An electrical furnace uses 17,221W per hour. Running that everyday in the winter for 2 hours would cost a New Yorker about $196. Using a space heater 2 hours/day for one month would cost a fraction of that ($17.07). If you wanted to heat 3 separate rooms every day for a month, it'd still cost less than running your electrical furnace for an hour ($51.21 for the month).

6. Power Strip with Switches

These can be found on amazon. This will help cut off electricity to your appliances when not in use. Instead of unplugging your TV or items like that, use a powerstrip with switches on it. Turning the switches off actually stops any electricity flowing through the cord, thus saving you money.

Powerstrips are really great for the larger appliances. I do not recommend buying these for small appliances, that are easy for you to get to (your microwave, coffee machine, etc. For smaller appliances that you do NOT need running when you're sleeping, don't be lazy and UNPLUG them.


7. Clothing Rack and Clothing Line

Clothing racks- can be found on amazon for cheap. These babies, if you use them everyday (as an alternative choice to your drier) can save you big bucks.

The drier can account for, on average, 6% of your utilities bill. This energy hog can cost a lot to run every year, depending on it's efficiency. Opt for using a clothing rack instead; you can have these up in your house during the winter. In the summer, you can use a clothing line. For larger items, you may need 2 clothing racks at once. However, it'll be worth it in the end.

8. Dish Drying Rack

It's fine that you're using your dishwasher. But see if you can stop the dishwashing process before the drying process starts, which can use a lot of energy.

Instead, buy a dish-drying rack. This will help decrease your energy usage. Perhaps, it's a little more work than you think it's worth. But if you're really about being thrifty, this should be a no-brainer!

9. Hippo the Water Saver

Hippo the Water Saver can be found on Amazon for $18. And it's definitely worth it. This will give you an efficient potty!

On average, toilets use about 5-7 gallons of water per flush. The average person uses the bathroom about 6-8 times per day. That's 20,440 gallons being used by your potty (at 7 gallons per flush and for someone who goes 8 times per day) per year. The Hippo the Water Saver is a bag that goes inside your toilet. It can save you about 3 gallons/flush. So that same person would only use 4380 gallons per year. That's a 16,060 gallon/year savings! Or, bragging rights on the potty efficiency!

10. Energy Saving Blinds and Curtains

Energy saving blinds- perhaps a bit costly. A great selection can be found on SelectBlinds. They're easy to raise and drop (easier than your average blind), because you just pull or lift, depending on what you want. They're easy to use, and help to insulate your house better. You can order them to exactly fit your window. You can even control light with them.

Insulating Curtains- on top of energy saving blinds, this can really help to better insulate your house and put more dough back in your pocket. It's an investment.


11. Electricity usage monitor

Electricity usage monitor- is a fun little device to have. You can plug this into the wall, then plug any device/appliance into it to see how much energy it uses (when it's on and off)!

This will allow you to target the areas that are costing you the most. You can then take the necessary steps to cut the energy usage for that particular device or appliance.


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    mariexotoni 4 years ago

    Oh I think you wouldn't like that physics hub very much. It just has problems and solutions! But thanks billybuc

    Enjoy your weekend! :)

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I have been a very poor follower and I apologize. I will do better in the future.

    I'm all for any "green" information and these are great tips. I was going to read your physics hub but I was afraid I would feel stupid when I got done with it. LOL

    Have a great weekend!