I bought a $45 gadget and all I did was ‘plug it in’ – it saved me $135 on my first energy bill

A SIMPLE switch could result in significant savings on your first electricity bill.

As the winter months approach, you may experience higher utility bills as your heater is working overtime.

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Vampire energy can cost renters and homeowners hundreds of dollarsPhoto credit: VoltBuddy

However, there are simple changes you can make to save money.

Many companies manufacture devices that save and store electricity, which ultimately leads to cost reduction.

For example, a product called VoltBuddy reduces “idle energy,” which is sometimes called “vampire energy.”

Here, devices that are connected but not used consume energy.

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Daniel Hunt, a consumer reviewer, ranked the VoltBuddy number one out of five similar devices.

The product costs $44.95 and one user said they saved $135 on their first bill.

“Quite literally, just plug them in and you’re done! My wife was shocked when we got our first bill and we saved $135,” the user wrote.


Reviewer Daniel conducted an extensive test of the device and shared his positive results.

The first was about energy stabilization.

He said that the VoltBuddy can stabilize the electrical current in the house and thus prevent damage.

Daniel used an ammeter to see how VoltBuddy affected the circuit in the office and was “impressed by how much the voltage spikes were reduced”.

Next up was reducing vampire energy.

With so many devices connected, you’ll still be charged when they’re not in use.

He tested whether the VoltBuddy could reduce power consumption and found that power consumption could be reduced by 46 percent.


Another easy way to save without spending money is to keep your devices clean.

This includes, for example, the fluff from your tumble dryer, air filters or dust under your refrigerator.

This not only saves you money in the long run because they last longer, but also makes you work more efficiently.

Another easy way to save money is to make sure the fridge door stays closed.

Because the longer you leave it open, the harder it has to work to keep things cool inside.

Finally, you can save a lot of money by switching your washing machine from hot to cold water.

That’s because, according to GE, 75 to 90 percent of all the energy your washing machine uses is used to heat the water.

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Aila Slisco

Aila Slisco is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Aila Slisco joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ailaslisco@dailynationtoday.com.

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