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Energy-Saving Devices That’ll Save You Money in the Long Run

Smart Home Energy Saving Devices and Products LED lights and Air Fryer
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Jan 27, 2023

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Bills: We’ve all gotta pay ’em. But there are a few things you do to cut down on utility costs throughout the year — and particularly during winter when those numbers inevitably seem to soar. So we’ve rounded up some energy-saving products and smart home devices that may make your wallet a little happier in the long run. Cha-ching.

A mini humidifier you can place on your nightstand…

Or on top of your desk, or anywhere else. This HQ’r fave rechargeable humidifier has up to eight hours of battery life after four hours of charging. It uses ultrasonic wave technology that emits a quiet and consistent mist (no droplet sprays here), plus the option for a soft LED light so you can see what’s going on in the dark. Snag it in either white or light green, and remember to switch the filter every four to six months. Happy misting. ($34.99, Urban Outfitters)

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A solar-powered charger that’ll come through in a pinch…

A recent HQ’r fave (let’s just say Christmas morning was saved thanks to this portable charger), this can charge via outlet or by collecting solar energy during the daytime. Plus it has a flashlight with three different modes, and can support up to four devices at a time. The brand recs charging it via outlet for the first 20 hours and resorting to solar use only when necessary. Pro tip: Snag one if you’ll be spending time outdoors, one to keep at home, and one to stash in your car, and keep them charged at all times just in case. ($45.99+, Amazon)

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An electric air fryer to use instead of your oven…

Not only does this air fryer use less energy than a traditional oven — 1000 watts compared to the standard 2000 to 5000 in ovens — but it also cooks faster than one and it's super compact. This appliance comes in four different colors and can tackle anything from french fries to baked goods. It has a 2-quart capacity, which is typically good for two to four people, and there’s also a Dash model in a 6-quart size for larger family meals. Psst…we’ve been using this one for years. Check out our firsthand review of this and other compact Dash kitchen products here. ($49.95+, Amazon)

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Outlet wall adapters that can turn off with a switch…

Use these for the gadgets you usually keep plugged in. They’ve got on and off switches for when your items aren’t in use, so you’ll save energy and keep your wires in the same place. They’re safety certified and work with any standard AC outlet. ($8.99/2 pack, Amazon)

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A pack of LED light bulbs that can connect to your smart home…

Not only will these help save on energy, but they’ll also help create a customized ambiance in your space. You’ll get two smart LED bulbs that connect to your phone so you can control their dimming, color, and more with the press of a button. And you can connect your lights to your Alexa or Google Home for even more seamless integration. Alexa, lights off. ($29.97/2 pack, Amazon)

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A 9-in-1 outlet switch that’ll protect against power surges…

It charges up to 30% faster than your standard wall plug, so you can spend less time plugged in and more time-saving. This one’s got six AC outlets, two USB-A ports, and one USB-C port — great for any device you throw its way. And when it’s not in use, simply switch it off to stop the flow of any energy to your cords or devices. ($17.99, Amazon)

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An HQ’r fave space heater perfect for wintertime…

This one is the definition of small but mighty. It’s got two heat settings — 900 and 1500 watts — a thermostat with 12 heating levels, and an energy-efficient ceramic design. If you’re cramped for space, you’re in luck: This one’s tiny enough to fit under your desk or table, and comes with an 8-foot-long cord for hard-to-reach places. Winter’s got nothing on ya now. ($39.99, Amazon)

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A smart thermostat that’ll learn your presets…

It’ll program itself throughout the day so you won’t have to. This thermostat is compatible with 95% of heating and cooling systems, and only takes about 30 minutes to install. Plus, it can pair with Nest Renew — a Google service that helps automatically prioritize your usage to times when energy is cleaner or less expensive. Psst…download the Nest app to control your thermostat from anywhere and set home assists, so you’re not left with the bill from an empty home. Sounds like savings. ($188.95+, Amazon)

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