Five energy-saving devices for your home

Useful tips to keep energy bills down

David Baker
by David Baker on 21st January, 2014

Energy-saving techniques could potentially knock a significant sum off the average household bill, so what other ways are there to be more energy-efficient?

More and more households are considering their options and there are plenty of small household devices that are readily available.

Standby savers

The use of a television and set-top box cost more than €50 to run each year, while the addition of a computer could add another €30.

These figures can be dramatically reduced if devices are not left on standby, as it drains energy and will push your electricity bills skywards.

Standby savers work by turning off your gadgets when they are not in use – from motion-sensitive devices capable of turning everything off to ones that are capable of dealing with one device at a time.

There are even some which allow you to turn devices off via text message, ideal for reducing electricity costs when you’re not in the room or not at home.

Consider an ECO kettle

Possessing an ECO kettle could help with your energy-saving plans and could save up to a third of energy every time it is used, saving money at the same time.

It allows the user to select exactly how much water to boil and ensures that a ‘top-up’ isn’t required if another cup is wanted.

Potentially, the energy saved from powering regular kettles could reduce home electricity bills, if less energy is required for an ECO kettle.

On average, an ECO kettle will cost between €55 and €75, although the additional costs can be recouped reasonably quickly.

Energy-saving lighting

Switching to energy-saving bulbs from regular ones could save a small amount every year per bulb.

It might not be very much but many homes have a large amount of light bulbs and changing each one could represent a significant saving each year.

Radiator gadgets

Making a radiator as energy-efficient as possible is vital to saving energy, so maintaining it is important if you’re looking to save money.

Attaching an automatic radiator bleeder removes all the air in the system automatically, while it should ensure that radiators in your home work for longer.

These devices cost between €15 and €25 on average and removes the hassle associated with bleeding radiators yourself.

Home energy monitors

A small display showing energy usage around the home is a quick and easy way of recognising where your energy spending is taking place.

You can regulate your energy bills and cut consumption accordingly and although the cost of such devices can be between €45 and €125, you’ll be able to instantly reduce energy usage.

For more energy efficient advice and useful tips visit our energy saving guides.