When it comes down to it, there are often two benefits of purchasing economical gadgets and electronics. The primary one is that they are of course good for the environment, the other is the fact that in the long run, they can save you money. Although not every economical gadget in the world has been a success (remember the Sinclair C5?), in 2013 however, there are a few great gadgets, some of them everyday objects, which help keep your costs down.
Just about everyone loves coffee, and besides coffee machines both commercial and domestic provided by Coffechino, there are of course economical ones dotted around the market too that can save on the electricity bills. In fact, one company in London even utilised pedal-powered coffee machines, going on to win the Creative Enterprise award of Deutsche Bank. Let’s hope we see them on the streets of the UK sometime soon! If you are more of a tea fan however, you can also buy a range of Eco kettles to keep your electricity bills at bay.
This gadget serves as a great money saving device for both the home and the office. By simply plugging it into a USB port on your computer, the button puts your PC into its most energy efficient mode for when you leave.
If just one computer in the office were to use the eco button, it would save £18 a year. In an office of 50 people, that’s a saving of £900 a year.
As the button costs a mere £15, it pays for itself in less than 12 months. You can find a review of the Ecobutton here, as written by Which?
These days even our entertainment has to be economical and environmentally friendly, and that of course, is no bad thing.
In September 2010, the EU published guidelines changing the way that the energy-rating system worked; making it easier for customers to find environmentally friendly televisions. Since 2019 , a range of economic televisions have been released by all the top brands, meaning that there’s an abundance of choice when it comes to environmentally friendly entertainment.
Besides making the best of the natural light that is afforded to you through the windows of your home, LED lights are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world. Though they may cost a little bit more, the lifespan of a single LED bulb can be anything from 35,000 hours right up to 50,000. This is a very long time when you think that an incandescent bulb will only last between 8,000 and 10,000 hours. Depending on how much you use the light bulb, you could only find yourself changing it once or twice in a decade. To add to this 80% of the energy used in the bulb is used for light, a complete reversal of an incandescent bulb which only runs on an efficiency of 10% or 20%