Spend Money to Save Money: Smart Investments That Will Help You Survive the Recession

BY: Christina Hansen


With the current economic recession, we’re all looking for ways to cut costs and save money wherever we can. While clipping coupons and bargain hunting can be a big help, sometimes the best way to save is making small investments in technology that can help you trim the excess away, whether that be limiting electricity consumption, or cancelling services that aren’t absolutely necessary.

CableOrganizer.com offers a variety of gadgets and devices that fit the money-saving bill, from dimmers and power monitors to timers and digital antennas. Read on to find out how making a small investment in smart products like these can save you a fortune the long run.


Leviton Vizia™ Electronic Low Voltage Dimmer

Vizia 600W Dimmer Switch Set with AlmondWhen was the last time that setting a mood saved you money? Start enjoying mood lighting and lower electrical bills with the Leviton Vizia+™ Digital 600 Watt Dimmer. Designed for use with 120V incandescent and halogen light fixtures, these dimmers can subtly tone down the intensity of lights, causing them to consume less energy.

Vizia+™ dimmers have a clean, sleek-looking design that is incredibly easy to use, and provides you with a choice of 7 full-range light settings. Vizia’s™ digital circuitry also gives you the flexibility to manually dim and brighten the lights, or set them in an energy-saving mode that controls their maximum brightness and power consumption.


Intermatic Electronic Seven-Day Timer

Intermatic Electronic Seven-Day TimerForget about living with a single timer setting… or paying for all the electricity that’s wasted when you leave lights on all day so you can return to a lit house. Intermatic’s Electronic Seven-Day Timer can be used either indoors or outdoors, and has several programming options: either set it for 24 hours, or customize it for an entire week.

In addition to utility bill savings, the Intermatic Seven-Day Timer can also enhance your home’s security. With just the touch of a button, you can set the timer to Random mode, which varies lighting patterns to give your home a more believable “lived in” look.


Leviton Decora® Occupancy Sensor Switch

leviton IPP15, Leviton IPP0RNothing runs up the electricity bills like forgetting to turn the lights off. But now you can still save money even when you forget, thanks to the Decora® Occupancy Sensor light switch from Leviton. Simply put, this affordable sensor switch cuts down on the amount of power wasted by automatically switching off the lights when it no longer detects movement in the room.

In addition to giving you the option to manually switch on and off at any time, this motion-sensor also lets you control your own savings by allowing you to choose how long the lights will stay on for: 30 seconds, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes.


SmartStrip Power Saving Surge Protectors

SmartStrip Power Saving Surge ProtectorKnown as “vampire electronics” because of they way they suck power even when they’re not in use, many peripheral devices in your home and office are bleeding your budget dry as well. Luckily, products like the SmartStrip Power Saving Surge Protector are putting an end to the waste.

When the SmartStrip detects that a main device (for example, the plasma screen in a home theater setup, or a computer) has been turned off, it automatically cuts power to that device’s peripherals. As a result, the average home can save as much as 260 watts of electricity per hour, or trim 113 Kilowatts per month from its utility bill.




PowerCost Monitor™ from Blue Line Innovations

BLI-25000 PowerCost Monitor™Ever wondered how much power your home is consuming at any given moment? Well nowyou can stop guessing, thanks to the PowerCost Monitor™ from Blue Line Innovations. Featuring a wireless transmitting sensor that reads your home’s power meter and a digital display unit that receives the sensor’s data minute by minute, the PowerCost Monitor™ shows your electricity consumption in kilowatt hours, as well as total utility costs in dollars and cents.

Because its data allows you to make smart decisions on home electricity use, the PowerCost Monitor™ has the potential to cut your electric bill by up to 20%. With savings like that, this investment pays for itself in a matter of months, and leaves you free to reap the financial rewards from there on out.


Digital/HDTV Antenna

Tired of shelling out every month for digital cable service? Cut down your monthly expenses by cancelling your cable subscription and catching over-air broadcasts via a digital HD antenna instead. While this antenna won’t pick up cable-only stations, it will receive all of the major networks and local programming, and is a terrific option for those who can live without HBO and other premium cable channels.

Able to pick up high-def programming being broadcast over the air, this digital antenna is perfectly compatible with any digital television, regardless of whether or not it’s HD. And best of all, the digital antenna will pay for itself in around 3 months.


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