Energy saving is a hot topic. Bills are going up, and disposable income is reducing. You can switch your energy supplier to find a better deal, but that method is best when it’s combined with a conscious look at your own spending and how much energy you use.
Some people watch every penny. They turn off lights when they leave the room, turn the heating on for just an hour a day and have installed everything from loft insulation to a smart energy meter. Other people have their heating on constantly, think nothing of doing three loads of washing a day and would rather run an air conditioning unit than open a window. For all types of people, gadgets are proving a drain on electricity.
How many gadgets do you use at home? You might have the household PC, a few laptops, a tablet computer, a couple of TVs, a Sky box and some games consoles. They’re probably all running at once, and it’s likely that most people have mobile phones on top of everything else. Everything goes on to charge overnight, or during the day, and the costs mount up.
Fortunately, your portable devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones don’t have to be connected to your house. You can use large solar chargers to supply power to your laptop, and smaller solar chargers for iPads, mobile phones and other handheld gadgets. These smaller solar chargers can be carried in your bag, and used wherever you are. They’re perfect for camping, or for charging your phone during the working day.
Many people believe that solar chargers are only effective when the sun is shining, but they’ll still power devices on cloudy and overcast days. Solar energy is free, so you can reduce your household energy bills by charging devices outside, or leaving them on a windowsill in view of the sky. It’s a good idea to regularly and fully charge your devices from the mains, using solar chargers as a back-up when you’re out and about. They’re also perfect for topping up the battery, so that you don’t need to plug your smartphone in as often as you usually would.
The more you can use the sun’s energy, the less you’ll have to pay traditional energy supplier. Smaller solar chargers are a great first step, but you might also want to consider adding solar panels to the roof of your house. They’re becoming increasingly popular, and can supplement the electricity provided by the Grid to keep your energy prices down.