Looking for a way to save energy in your home and money on your bills? See our list of the 10 best energy saving devices on the market.
With the introduction of affordable home smart devices, there are lots of new ways you can save energy around the home. Most of these products also help reduce your energy bills, allowing you to save money through easy-to-use gadgets.
Types of devices covered:
- Smart thermostats
- Energy-efficient LED Smart Bulbs
- WiFi systems
- Motion Sensors
- Energy efficient plugs
See our list of the best energy saving devices & gadgets available now for 2021:
Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd generation)
Features: Google’s third generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat greatly outdoes its predecessors. It works to reduce your energy costs by allowing you to set your room temperatures separately by time of day, week, or even season. Its voice controlled via Alexa or Google Assistant.
Pros: The sensor can reach much further than its predecessors and it has a large, high resolution screen that’s easy to read.
Cons: You need to already have Google Assistant or Alexa for it to work and the price is pretty steep.
Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control
Features: This is a smart thermostat with built-in voice control. You can save energy and bill costs by setting the temperature in a specific room. It’s perfect for keeping the temperature level in a child’s bedroom or greenhouse.
Pros: If you’re a fan of Alexa, this one could be for you – it’s got Alexa built right into it. You don’t need to already have a home smart device to run the voice control.
Cons: You can only control the temperature in one room at a time so if you’re looking for a device that allows you to save more energy by covering the whole house, this might not be for you.
Philip Hue Starter Kit
Features: This kit takes energy saving lighting to a new level. You get three smart bulbs and a bridge with this home starter kit. The bridge allows you to communicate with the bulbs to choose when to turn the lights off using Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit. You can either set a schedule or use voice control to turn the lights off and on as you please.
Pros: If you frequently forget to turn lights off, this kit is a great way to save energy and money.
Cons: It’s quite expensive considering that you need a home smart device to run it. If you normally remember to turn your lights off, you may not make energy savings that are significant enough to justify the price.
Freeloader Pro Solar Charger
Features: A great way to charge your devices on the go, the Freeloader Pro Solar Charger is a portable charger that’s powered by solar energy. Unlike most portable chargers you don’t need to use up your home energy by charging it – simply leave it out in the sun.
Pros: This is a great way to save energy and charge your devices while you’re out and about and it’s compatible with most portable devices.
Cons: You need to be careful with the solar panels – they could break if shoved into a backpack and carried around all day.
Philips Hue Motion Sensor
Features: This motion sensor turns the lights on or off when somebody walks by. It has the added bonus of being able to detect when there’s enough daylight to not need extra lighting, so lights aren’t put on unnecessarily. You control it via the Hue app for Android or iOS and it’s compatible with the Philips Hue light bulb range.
Pros: The ability to detect whether the room is light enough to not need extra lighting is a great extra feature that really helps you save energy and money.
Cons: You need to buy Philips Hue lightbulbs in order for it to work, so the whole package can get a little pricy.
Anker Eufy Smart Plug Mini
Features: Many smart plugs on the market don’t actually offer proper energy saving features, but Eufy does. This device gives you daily and monthly energy consumption reports, allowing you to see exactly where you can save energy. You control it via an easy-to-use app, where you can also customise timing and scheduling.
Pros: This plug is unique in that it provides accurate energy consumption reports – there are few other products which do, especially for the price.
Cons: It’s not compatible with home assistants so there’s no voice control. There’s also a high price tag for just one plug.
Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor
Features: This motion sensor can turn the lights on when it detects motion and off when there isn’t any. It can also be moved around to whatever angle you need using a ball joint – perfect for putting it out of sight. You can also control it via voice command with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Pros: The voice command is a real benefit for the price – there are more expensive motion sensors on the market that don’t offer this.
Cons: If you get this product you have to buy the SmartThings system, including a hub and compatible lightbulbs. While this product may seem reasonably priced, the total cost can quickly add up.
Radflek Radiator Reflectors
Features: A lot of heat gets lost out of radiators through external walls these simple reflective pads solve that. Stick them on the walls behind your radiators and they reflect heat back into the room.
Pros: This product is inobtrusive and can reduce heat loss by 45%, and is fairly straight forward to install.
Cons: The price gives you three in a pack, which is only enough for three large radiators or six small ones.
Best energy saving devices – our top pick
Our top pick for the best energy saving devices currently on the market is the Radflek Radiator Reflectors. Not only are they easy to install and completely invisible behind your radiator, they need absolutely no upkeep.
It’s a great way to save up to 30% on your energy bills for such an affordable price.