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Products and devices that can help conserve electricity

As summer is just around the corner, the extended use of electric fans and air conditioning units is expected to counter the heat.

But it is not going to be cheap.

Apart from the cooling machines, the daily excessive use of gadgets and other appliances at home might also contribute to the increase of our electricity bills.

If paying your energy bills hurt your wallet every month, the most obvious thing to do is to conserve electricity.

Good thing that with the latest technological advancements, there are now a lot of effective energy-efficient products and gadgets that you can use at home or on the go.

Smart Power Strip

A picture of a smart power strip.

Using a smart power strip can drastically reduce your overall energy usage, which will decrease your utility bills | CDN File photo

More often than not, we tend to forget our devices like TVs, computers or smartphones plugged even if we’re not using them. While they might not be in use, they still eat up energy while they’re left plugged into the power socket. Luckily, with the use of a smart power strip, the devices will automatically cut off power from your inactive appliances. Statistics show that on average, a regular household can save at least 25 percent of their energy bill when using a smart power strip.

Smart LED Lights

A picture of Smart LED light bulbs

A smart LED light bulb uses 70 to 90 percent less energy than a traditional bulb. | CDN File photo

According to the research by the U.S. Department of Energy, LED light bulbs use 75 percent less energy compared to incandescent light bulbs. Who would’ve thought that you can save more of your money and energy by investing in Smart LED bulbs? This type of lights can surely lessen electricity charges and some of them can even be controlled remotely.

This is part of Cebu Daily News Digital’s Earth Hour series as the company joins Earth Hour 2021.

Solar Keyboard

A picture of a solar keyboard.

The solar-powered keyboard can give you an advantage of no more batteries or charging | CDN File photo

To those who are working from home or attending classes online, we’ve been reliant on our computers and laptops to continue our work under the new normal. So if you’re using a keyboard for your devices, you might want to invest in a solar keyboard to save on electricity. A solar-powered keyboard does not require electricity or battery to operate and it charges with any source of light. Aside from the fact that it’s wireless and can keep your desk free of clutter and wires, it also stores up energy that can last for months.

Solar Charger

A photo of a solar charger charging a mobile device.

Solar chargers allow you to power your electronic devices in even the most isolated areas | CDN File photo

Most of the time, we are glued to our mobile devices, either browsing through social media or using it for online classes and work. With the frequent use of our gadgets, we find ourselves recharging more than once a day. That can add more to our electric bill. The best thing to do is to try a solar charger. It is efficient and can conserve electricity since it powered by the sun.

READ MORE: Make your household chores energy-efficient

E-readers

A picture of a person reading on an E-reader

E-Readers also allow ultra-low power consumption that results in the average reader only needing to charge their device once a month | CDN File photo

While an e-reader requires energy to function, it can actually help you save electricity. How? Usually, reading a book requires a brightly lit room, especially when you’re reading at night. That means it will likely use up more energy when powering up a light than it takes to charge an e-reader. E-readers also have a unique backlight that allows you to read the screen without turning on the lights.

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This is part of Cebu Daily News Digital’s Earth Hour series as the company joins Earth Hour 2021.

This series is also supported by our partner, AboitizPower (http://www.aboitizpower.com ) and Global Business Power (https://gbp.com.ph/).

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