energy saving devices for the home

We all know that saving energy is good for the environment and our pockets.  Here are a few new gadgets I came across recently, I would be interested to see if anyone has tried them and how effective they are :

‘Green plugs‘ from   These are plugs designed to switch off automatically things left on standby too long and claim to save up to 41% of individual appliances consumption.

Hive active heating app and device from British gas.

This device controls heating and hot water temperature from an app on your phone or computor. Remote control is supposed to save up to 150 pounds / year for the average household.

Water saving at   The Grohe hand held rainshower adapts your shower by adding airbubbles to make it more efficient and can save water use by 40%

Free apps from an app store :

Loop energy saver app – this personal energy assistant monitors your energy use throughout the day.

Energy saver app – calculates the full statistics for your annual or daily consumption and gives tips on saving energy.

British gas app to compare your consumption with other similar houses in the neighbourhood.  Hopefully your house will be in the highest ‘smug mode’  !

Joulebug app – a game to teach children how to save energy

Insulation meeting, Haltwhistle

Date :   Wed 19th June  7.30pm

Venue : Comrades Club,  Haltwhistle

Freezing house last winter ? Need more insulation ? South Tynedale Sustainability are hosting a Home Insulation evening on June 19th so come and get ideas for your home. The focus will be on solid walls and include grants and planning issues. The speaker will be David Connor of Warm Zone.

All welcome, including tenants and landlords.

Energy Saving Week – Oct 24th – Oct 31st

The Energy Saving Trust have designated this week as National Energy Saving Week.

The  Energy saving trust is the official government trust set up to give impartial, up to date advice on all things to do with saving energy, both in the home and business.  There is lots of detailed  information but also fun things to do, lots of energy saving tips, and even competitions to win energy saving gadgets – with luck you might win a AAA rated washing machine!

The site is well worth checking out for useful information on everything for different types of house insulation to generating your own electricity. This week they are launching a calculator where you can estimate the amount of electricity you can personally expect to generate from installing  solar generating panels on your house roof – worth checking out if only to get an idea of how much money you can save per year from your own roof!

All this can be found at