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Top 10 Energy Saving Gadgets for Summer

At last, I can confidently say summer will be with us soon! After one of the coldest winters ever, I know we cannot wait to stretch our legs and finally feel some warmth. As we start salivating over the idea of going coatless and letting our bare feet touch the grass, we should keep in that mind summer brings some of the highest demands on energy. So to rid the grid of strain, and make our summer the best yet, I have listed the top ten energy efficient gadgets.

1. Intex Mega Chill II Cooler

Image courtesy of Walmart.com

Image courtesy of Walmart.com

The picture speaks for itself, but if you couldn’t tell this is the coolest thing (literally) I’ve ever seen! The floating cooler is a summer must with six cup holders, four pouches and the ability to save you a trip inside for a fresh drink. It can hold an average size cooler, or directly filled with ice and drinks. Plus, it inflates and deflates to make transporting the super cooler a breeze. This not only saves you energy drying off and going inside for a new drink, but it prevents your air conditioner from working overtime as people open and close the door letting in hot air. It can be found at Walmart for only $16.97.

2. Rukus XL Speakers

Image courtesy of etoncorp.com

Image courtesy of etoncorp.com

These speakers are some of the loudest you can find, and also run completely on solar power. The speakers connect wirelessly to any Bluetooth enabled device. Plus they can charge your phone, iPod, tablet, etc. while you listen. The system comes with eight full-range speakers including two tweeters, two woofers, and four passive radiators playing 22 watts of sound. It’s a bit pricey at $199.99 on EtonCorp.com, but is definitely worth it!

3. Gorillatorch Flash Light

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Image courtesy of gizmag.com

The Gorillatorch flash light is one-of-a-kind; its flexible stand allows the user to twist and turn the legs to the position he or she needs. If you’re camping, you can wrap it around a tree branch as a spotlight or if you just need something to light a book, rest it on your lap (or on top of your head!). It has an LED light bulb and a dimmer switch to adjust brightness. To top it off, it’s water resistant! For only $30 you can get it on joby.com.

4. Clothes Pins

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Image courtesy of etsy.com

Now that it’s going to be warm out and the threat of another snow storm isn’t looming over us, we can give our dryers a rest and let the magic of wind, warm air, and sunshine take over. Hang drying your clothes (inside or outside) is one of the easiest ways to save energy, but letting your clothes air out in the breeze, is an ideal choice. It keeps your clothes smelling fresh, won’t take up room in your home, and gives you more time outside! If you’re like me and want everything to be pretty, you can buy some bedazzled and painted clothespins on etsy.com for only $4.

5. Sterns Outdoor SunShower 6.0

Image courtesy of Cabelas.com

Image courtesy of Cabelas.com

When camping, boating, or even just coming home from the beach, we oftentimes find ourselves in need of a quick shower when one isn’t readily available. The Sterns Outdoor shower is foldable and portable so you can bring it camping or any other place you might find yourself without plumbing. Simply fill it with whatever water you can find (stream water, hose water etc.) warm it up in the sunlight for three hours, and you’re ready to go! It has straps to hang it, a suction cup to hold it in place, an adjustable nozzle, and a capacity to hold up to six gallons of water. Once emptied, it only weighs 1.6 lbs, making it easy to take with you. It can be found on cabelas.com for $60.99.

6. Aqua Vessel Insulated Filtration Water Bottle

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Image courtesy of Amazon.com

Just like it sounds, the Aqua Vessel Insulated Filtration water bottle allows you to have filtered water without a water purifier, and it keeps your drink cold for 36 hours! You could take a weekend vacation and your water would still be cold the last day. The filter will last for up to 100 gallons of water! For only $30 on amazon.com, you can’t go wrong.

7. Two Person Umbrella

Image courtesy of Thegadgetflow.com

Image courtesy of Thegadgetflow.com

Not every day of summer is going to have clear skies, and if you’ve ever tried to share an umbrella you know how laborious it can be. Not anymore though! This two person umbrella makes sharing a cinch, plus if you’re not the one holding it you don’t have to spare any energy! For $55 it can be found on thegadgetflow.com.

8. 2C Solar Light Cap

Image courtesy of Solarlightcap.com

Image courtesy of Solarlightcap.com

This hat is truly the accessory you can rock from day to night. The brim has lights that charge with solar energy during the day, so you have a hands-free light at night. It requires no extra charging and stays lit all night. They sell for as low as $40 on solarlightcap.com.

9. Beach Lounger Pack Chair

Image courtesy of Brookstone.com

Image courtesy of Brookstone.com

This is for the Inspector Gadgets of beachgoers. The lounge chair comes in an easy-to-move tote with wheels and provides all the beach necessities one could think of. It comes with two attached coolers, an umbrella, a pillow, a storage pocket, two speakers and, of course, cup holders. It’s really an all-in-one, which is a good thing, because if you buy it, you probably won’t have money for anything else! At $299.99, it’s expensive, but if you have some deep pockets, head over to Brookstone to get yours.

10. Banana Holder

Image courtesy of Etsy.com

Image courtesy of Etsy.com

When I think about what uses most of my energy, carrying bananas is my first thought. Luckily, for my favorite fruit and me, Biken offers a solution with this bike banana holder. I truly am both a bicyclist and a banana lover (I eat at least one a day) so this does come in handy in my life and I am sure, many others. You can make your life a lot easier with this fine invention at Biken.us and buy the banana holder for $55.

 

So there you go! Now let’s save some energy and get ready for summer!

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