It's true. A penny saved is a penny earned, and who doesn't want to earn a bit more these days? Green up both the environment and your wallet with these sweet green home bargains.
Longer-lasting than fluorescent, halogen and incandescent lighting combined, LED bulbs will save energy, eliminate maintenance and last for years. LEDs are the sustainably bright choice for the New Year.
$24.99 - A Energy Meter with LCD Display takes the guesswork out of utility savings. Find out exactly how much energy your electronics and appliances are using, and what you can do to minimize that. Energy and cost awareness doesn't get any simpler than this.
$25.90 - Cut down on water use without sacrificing that luxurious morning shower. The unique BodySpa SkinCare showerhead by Oxygenics is designed to use 30%-70% less water than traditional showers, while still providing a spa-like wash. According to Oxygenics, the showerhead "improves circulation, stimulates cell activity and promotes healthier, more youthful-looking skin." So, glow with the flow and save money doing it.
$44.04 - Your checkbook doesn't have to suffer to assure safety in and around your home. Solar-Powered Motion Sensor Outdoor Lights now rely on the sun to keep their rechargeable batteries up and running day-in and day-out. Hanging lanterns, driveway reflectors and other systems are also charged by day so they light up at nighttime.
$55 - Check out the latest in energy-efficient space heaters. My Personal Space Heater offers impressive warming power for only 150 watts (compare with typical space heaters at 1,500 watts). Weighing in at only 8 lbs., this device is easily portable and safe for kids and pets. You can even warm your bed at nighttime -- just place the heater between the sheets for a few minutes before retiring on winter nights.
$70.50 - The Rocky Mountain Institute reports that programmable thermostats are the number-one energy-saving purchase a homeowner can make. For a comfy home and comfortable power bill, consider the Energy Star-rated Honeywell RTH7500D Conventional 7-Day Programmable Thermostat. With weeklong programming and four programmable periods per day, you can zone each room of your house right down to the exact degree.
$279 - Look Ma, no charcoal! Just you, your oven and the great outdoors. The Global Sun Oven is a cooking whiz for fishing and camping trips, tailgate parties, no-grills-allowed-apartments and more. The cooker also provides economical, safe cooking for developing countries where the only power source is the sun.
$529 - Amazingly, the SunRise1050 Solar-Powered Attic Fan is powered by the sun while it works to undo its effects. Save up to 30% on your energy bill and prevent roofing damage from attic moisture, winter ice and summer heat.
$1,550 - Windows, doors and skylights share no middle ground with energy; they either save you money or drain it drastically. The SageGlass Venting Skylight offers electronic tinting capability, meaning that you control the glass shade from light to dark with the click of a button. Keep out the heat but never the view.
$1,650 - The pellet stove is cheaper and cleaner than wood and natural gas stoves combined. Using only a "smidgen" of electricity and recycled compressed wood pellets, a pellet stove creates zero creosote (chimney fire fodder), pollutes very little and does not contribute to deforestation. What it does do, however, is keep your home consistently warm and toasty.
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