EACH OF THESE PRODUCTS PAYS FOR ITSELF, MORE OR LESS, WITHIN A YEAR!
- The Kill-A-Watt– See how much money your appliances are wasting. The average amount of energy wasted in a typical American home is 40% of the total energy used, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. According to Energy Star, the average American household spends $2,000 on household energy costs, of which approximately 30%, or $600, is spent on appliances. Therefore, looking at potential savings only on appliances, through maximizing efficiencies by discovering wasteful appliances and unwelcome phantom loads, the Kill-A-Watt could conceivably enable a yearly savings of $240.
Surge Protector – Senses when electronics are not in use, and shuts them down. Approximately 15%, or $300, of the $2,000 an average American household spends on household energy costs goes to power consumer electronics. The US Department of Energy estimates that 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off! Assuming that 2/3 of these products could be more properly managed by plugging them into a Smart Strip, and that the resulting savings could cut the 75% of waste in half, this results in an approximate dollar savings of $150 per year. However, certain non-consumer electronics may also benefit from being plugged into the Smart Strip, so the overall savings for your home could be higher.
Wind up Radio, Flashlight andPhone Charger – Never be stuck without power. This device replaces a radio and a flashlight. If each device uses three batteries (average is between 2 and 4) and the batteries are replaced once every three months for each device, assuming a life of four years, the money saved is a little under $100, or 96 batteries. This is a savings of $25/year. A typical phone charger uses AC power, whereas this one operates on hand crank power. So there is additional savings on electricity from never needing to plug it in. Plus, this charger can power every phone in your house, all for free. Since a new charger costs $25, and this one is already built into the unit, there’s an additional $25 in savings — Not to mention saving your life if hand crank power is needed! Total yearly savings: Priceless (but arguably $50).
Rechargeable Battery Chargers – Keep your batteries full of life whenever you need them. According to a study done by the California Integrated Waste Management Board in 2002, the average person in California uses 14.7 batteries per year. With the average household being 2.5 people, we estimate average household battery usage at about 37 batteries per year.
If the initial purchase is 4 rechargeable batteries, the initial outlay for the rechargeable batteries and charger is $42: 4 batteries at $3 each, and $30 for the charger. For non-rechargeable batteries, you spend $56 per year, assuming each battery is a $1.50 each, and this cost could be higher in some cases.
Rechargeable batteries accept approximately 100 recharges, or approximately 2-3 years. In the first year of use you would save $14, and then you save $56 per year for the next 2 years, resulting in an average yearly savings of $42.
The Power Steamer – Super-efficient, energy-saving, cleans your whole house. The average household spends more than 600 dollars on cleaning products per year, according to eHow.com. If only one quarter of these supplies could be rendered unnecessary, and replaced by The Power Steamer, you could save $150 a year! This number, of course, does not include the savings to your health by reducing your exposure to the toxins and surfactants in these products. And the value of keeping these chemicals out of our watersheds and oceans is immeasurable.
LED Floodlight – Bright, durable, ultra-low energy lights that last 20+ years. The LED Floodlight uses 2.7 watts per hour, vs. 60 watts per hour for an incandescent light of comparable brightness. If the flood stays on for an average of 10 hours per day, over $20, or a total of 209,145 watts would be saved over a year.
LED lights are typically rated for up to 20 years. Assuming a lifespan of 10 years, there is an over than $300 savings in bulb purchases and an over than $200 savings in energy. This represents a total savings of over $500 for a 10 year period, or $50 a year.
Water Heater Insulation Blanket – Save hundreds of dollars and energy easily. According to the US Department of Energy, adding insulation to your water heater can reduce standby heat losses by 25%-45%. This will save you around 4%-9% in water heating costs. Using the estimates from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy that approximately $220 is spent on heating water each year, utilizing a water heater insulation blanket saves you about $19 annually.
E-Cloth Microfiber Cloth – Perfect cleaning with just water, or even no water. The average household spends more than 600 dollars on cleaning products per year. Assuming the E-cloth eliminates the need for the disposable cleaning products used in only one tenth of all cleaning projects in a year, the savings on cleaning products is $60.
Outdoor Solar Motion Sensors – A motion-triggered, bright solar powered light. Lighting can be 10% of total energy use in the average American Household, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Using Energy Star’s estimates that average yearly household energy costs are approximately $2000, that’s about $200 in lighting costs.
The sensor costs $70. Electricity costs on average about .10 a kWh. So, the sensor would pay for itself by saving 700 kWh. If for example you had outdoor lighting that burned 1.92kWh/day, the sensor would pay for itself in a year. If you had 2 100 watt bulbs burning for 10 hours a day, that’s 2kWh/day.
Indoor Vacancy Motion Sensors – Automatically turns lights off when you’re not there. Based on an average lighting bill of $200 per household, if the Indoor Vacancy Motion Sensor kept your lights off only 15% more than they currently are, the savings would equal the cost of the sensor.