How many gadgets do you have lying around your home? Are chargers for your phones, mp3 players, and tablets strewn about your room and staying plugged in to the wall even when not in use? Why not consolidate them into a single charging station. Both USB and AC models are available, and stations enable you to charge multiple devices simultaneously, reducing the amount of energy consumed per device. They also sense when devices are fully charged, automatically shutting off to reduce vampire load. (Approx. $40)


A slow-cooking, electric crock pot is not only a great solution for your busy life, but is also great for your energy bill; it uses half of the electricity of a conventional oven! Spend more time (and money) on the things you love and let the food take care of itself. ($30-$40)


To save energy, first arm yourself with information! Plug the monitor into the wall and enter the price per kilowatt-hour for your area. Next, plug any device into the monitor and use it as normal for a few days. Check back later and the monitor will tell you how much it costs to run the device per month, including how much energy is wasted to vampire load. After a few weeks, you’ll have a good understanding of your biggest expenses, meaning you know where to target your savings. (Approx. $20)


If you are notorious for keeping your electronic device chargers plugged into the wall at all times, try using an energy-saving outlet to help your gadgets avoid pulling vampire power, costing you up to $100 a year in energy costs. Using a timer, an energy-saving outlet cuts power to your devices when they’re not in use. This is great for occasional appliances like coffee makers, toaster ovens and cell phone chargers. ($7-$11)


No longer are the days of walking away from the TV for what was meant to be a quick break, only to return hours later to find the screen, DVD player and lamp still glowing. The smarts of a movement-detecting sensor and an efficient power strip have joined forces to deliver a cool energy efficient gadget perfect for easily controlling electronics around the house. The strip has eight outlets, plenty of space to plug in electronics requiring round-the-clock power (like a cordless phone or DVR) as well as “occasional electronics” like the DVD player, table lamp and gaming system that can be automatically shut off with one click. With your TV plugged into the designated “control” outlet, the other gadgets can be easily shut off with a simple click of your TV remote’s power button. Better yet, the sensor can detect movement up to 20 feet and will shut off peripheral devices when the area is vacant for 30 minutes. (Approx. $45)


Ready to head out for the day, but stuck waiting for your phone or camera to power up from the wall charger? Skip the wait and spare your energy bill from the power needed to juice up (or worse, if you leave the charge plugged into the wall drawing vampire energy) with a portable solar charger ideal for small electronics like cameras, mobile phones and tablets. Simply expose the charger to direct sunlight when you’re outside or in the car to power up your device, electricity-free. This handy gadget is also ideal for campers, travelers and all of your on-the-go energy needs. (Approx. $35)


Carrying your things and charging an electronic device has never been more simple – or empowering – than with a solar-powered backpack. Not only spacious storage for all your work, school or travel needs, this backpack can serve as your personal mobile charging station with a detachable solar panel that charges a lithium ion battery. It can charge multiple items at a time, including your cell phone, laptop and tablet. It’s the perfect gift for the students, outdoor enthusiasts and frequent travelers in your life. ($50-$200)

Solar Rechargeable Speakers

For those who love to take the party with them, this solar-powered rechargeable speaker is a perfect gift. This waterproof speaker can play your favorite tunes for up to ten hours on a full charge. You can connect your phone or mp3 devices via Bluetooth for easy, hands-free listening. No electrical outlet needed! (Approx. $130)


Do you always forget to turn off the lights? Maybe you forget to turn off a fan or space heater? If so, pick up a wireless outlet controller to give yourself a backup. These devices enable you to control any electronic device remotely on your computer or with an app on your smartphone. Simply plug the controller tool into the wall, and then plug any appliance or device into the controller to instantly give you the power to save on-the-go. ($50-$60)

Lesson Plans
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Get your students energized about responsible energy use! In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, we’ve created fun, multi-day, Lesson plans to help you teach your students how to understand and conserve energy! They’re classroom-ready and free to use!