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Gadgets That Can Save You Money

As we saw yesterday [www.sundance.tv], you can save mega-bucks with some simple behavior changes that benefit the planet, too; using carpooling to illustrate this point is just one of many examples. Changing behaviors is great, but can ultimately be pretty difficult, especially quickly. While TreeHugger doesn’t advocate for shopping our way to sustainability, we do realize that there are a handful of things out there, that we can buy, that can also help you save money and help save the planet. Here are some of our favorites.

1) Whether or not hybrid cars [www.treehugger.com] will ever save you money has been the subject of some discussion [www.treehugger.com]; while there’s too much math and differing individual circumstances to say unequivocally ‘yes’ or ‘no’, we definitely think it’s possible, if you’re smart about it.

2) When it comes to reducing power use, gadgets like the EarthWatts power supply [www.treehugger.com] for your computer and “Smart” power strip [www.treehugger.com] for other high-draw appliances can help you use less energy, while the Wattson [www.treehugger.com], Kill-A-Watt [www.treehugger.com] can help you learn where you can cut back most on your energy use; each of these will likely pay for themselves in a year or so; see also our discussion of phantom power [www.sundance.tv] for more.

3) The Power2Save [www.treehugger.com] and PowerCost [www.treehugger.com] can help you do the same on a whole-house level, telling you when your home is draining unnecessary amounts of power.

4) Of course, compact fluorescent bulbs [www.treehugger.com] can really help on both the energy and money-saving fronts: each bulb uses around 66% less power than its incandescent counterpart, and can save you $30 per bulb over its (10,000 hour) life.

5) Even something as simple and mundane as laundry can be thrown into the mix; Ecoballs [www.treehugger.com], the UFO-style balls into your washing machine with your dirty threads they produce ionized oxygen that activates the water molecules naturally and allows them to penetrate deep into clothing fibres to lift dirt away. In doing so, they claim to save you up to 85% on your laundry bills. Cosmic.

6) There’s a bit of crossover on our list here, but we found a useful source for 25 gadgets that will save you money [www.treehugger.com]; it’s handy to have them all in one place.