Five Gifts To Lower Your Utility Bill

Five Gifts To Lower Your Utility Bill

1. Black & Decker’s Thermal Leak Detector $35

Black & Decker’s Thermal Leak Detector helps you reduce your energy costs by finding temperature differences caused by air leaks or insulation missing from inside your walls.

Use it to identify problem areas around drafty windows and doors and uncover hidden leaks and insulation “soft spots” around electrical outlets, recessed lights and along floor molding.

The Thermal Leak Detector shines a light on your wall. When the wall temperature changes by 1, 5 or 10 degrees F (user adjustable), the light changes to red or blue to indicate a hot or cold spot. Plugging the leaks and drafts in your home can save up to 20 percent off your heating and cooling energy costs.

2. EverSense Touch-Screen Thermostat $399

The EverSense Touch-Screen Thermostat manages your home’s temperature and energy usage based on how far you and other family members are from home. When you head out, the EverSense adjusts the environment in your home. Stuck in traffic? Your EverSense will know and will keep your heating or air conditioning from turning on until you’re close enough to home to make it likely you’ll come back inside.

It also has built-in speakers for streaming your favorite music from your smartphone and a weather application with animated radar.

3. Cree 75-Watt LED bulb $125 (for six)

Cree’s new 75-Watt equivalent LED bulbs, available at Home Depot, use 82 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, are dimmable and can last up to 20 years if they’re on three hours a day.

Buy enough bulbs to replace all your hard-to-reach high ceiling light fixtures and you might not have to climb up there again until 2034.

The shatterproof glass bulbs look and light like traditional Edison-style bulbs. You can also use the Cree in your outdoor fixtures.

Keep the proof of purchase from the package and your register receipt, you’ll need them to get a refund if the bulb doesn’t last 10 years.

4. Presto 01241 4-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker $31

A pressure cooker cooks your food faster so you save energy by not using your stove as long. You can use it to tenderize tough cuts of meat, quickly cook dried beans and make delicious one-pot meals.

A pressure cooker won’t heat up the kitchen, making it a good choice if you live in a tropical climate.

5. Belkin Power Conserve Switch $33 (for six)

This six pack of power switches let you turn off the power to appliances that use standby power, like cable boxes and televisions. The average household spends about $100 a year on standby power so being able to turn off the power with the flick of a switch can save you real money.

Have a daughter that forgets to turn off the flat iron or a son that leaves his game station on? Opt for Bekin’s Conserve Socket F7C009q, which has an automatic shut off you can set for 30 minutes, 3 hours or 6 hours.

There is a catch: Your child will have to push a button on top of the outlet to start power flowing to their device.