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We’ve got a whole year to wait until the latest instalment of James Bond hits our cinema screens, so for those of you who really can’t wait that long, why not get all 007 at home? Sound odd? It won’t when you see our top five James Bond-style products.

Your Mission: To make your home as energy-efficient as possible and be the spy who killed household energy waste.


Danlers wall switch 

What could be slicker than the lights coming on when you walk into a room? The Danlers wall switch will save you energy and is essential for your  James Bond lifestyle…It also has a manual setting for when it’s time to relax with the James Bond impersonations.

Eton Scorpion

The super powerful, master-of-all outdoor gadgets, Eton Scorpian has a torch, USB charger and radio. (If you tried the shaken not stirred nonsense but it didn’t work for you, then there’s even a bottle opener for your beers.)

Powerxtender Charger

This is the gadget to charge your gadgets. Small but mighty, the iGo Powerxtender charger offers power to all your regular spy gadgets: up to 10 hours of extra talk time, 20 hours of playing time and 28 hours of listening.

energyEGG 

The energyEGG turns your appliances off when you leave the room, cutting your energy usage dramatically.  It means you don’t have to remember to turn the telly off before you embark on your mission – perfect for Bond, whose gadgets do all the hard for him.

H20 water powered alarm clock and thermometer

Every spy needs to keep a close eye on the time and the temperature so they can stay in control of their mission. With the H20 water powered alarm clock and a shower you won’t need batteries – it runs on water!

By Deborah Burley

If the autumn has taken your spark and the thought of staying indoors throughout the winter is getting you down, then why not try something new to keep you entertained? How about a touch of magic?!

In the uSwitch office we like to think of alternative ways to entertain ourselves and with our latest energy-efficient products we haven’t had to look too hard. There’s a certain charm about them that’s made us turn all Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee. Be dazzled by our ‘magical’ energy efficient products and use them to convince oblivious onlookers that you are actually a very skilled magician…

Top five ‘magical’ products…

Danlers wall switch

With a click of a finger, a clap of your hands or a glide into the room the lights will come on – as if by magic, (and there’s no need to tell your audience that it’s actually the motion sensors in the switch that does this…)

POWERplus Dragonfly

 This solar powered light can be used in the house or garden. Simply command the light to turn on, turn it upside down and ‘hey presto’ – the beautiful candle- like glow and flicker begins.

energyEGG standby saver

Ask your appliances to turn off when you leave the room, and they will! The energyEGG uses new technology to sense when you’ve left the room then switches off the wasted electricity being used through appliances like your television or radio – a trick sure to impress!

H2O radio shower

With no batteries, solar or dynamo needed, this must-have radio will work it’s magic in drowning out the sound of anyone singing in the shower.  Just add water to power- voila!

H2O water powered retro analogue clock

For your final trick, shock your friends as you fill your clock up with water and…it begins to work! You can see the water working inside the clock, adding to the appeal of this trendy retro clock.

By Deborah Burley

With energy bills soaring and the UK declared as the worst place to live in Europe according to our recent Quality of Life Index, things are looking a little dreary for us aren’t they?

At uSwitch we’re looking for ways of improving this situation and we believe it’s the small lifestylechanges that could make a huge difference. Because we’ve got a shop full of energy-efficient products, we thought it’d be a good idea to tell you about our top five products to reduce your energy bills. This way we can start feeling a little better about the country we call home.

After all, if we can spend less on living costs then it really is a rather lovely place to be.

Top five products to reduce your energy bills…

Four Enviroplugs (family pack) 

This is a great way of saving money if you’ve got a household full of mobile phone users. The Enviroplugs are adapters that plug into the wall socket and phone charger – once the phone is charged, the Enviroplug turns the power off. If, for example, you charge your phone overnight then you could cut this energy by 90%.

Radiator Booster 

This is a great energy-efficient product for the winter months – the Radiator Booster draws in and circulates wasted heat from the back of your radiator to keep  you warm and reduce those bills – no more feeling guilty for having heating on.

energyEGG standby saver 

We’re a big fan of the energyEGG. It not only looks great, but it’s also incredibly clever and could save you up to £37* a year by turning your appliances off for you when you’ve left the room.

EcoPulse TurboHead 

If you have a water meter then this shower head is for you – it pulses 30-40 (unnoticeable) times per second to reduce water bills and also delivers a fantastically powerful shower.

Solar Power Station 150W 

Why not collect your household energy from the sun and reduce your energy bills substantially? It’s a great to know that you’re also doing your bit to help the environment and it could generate up to 750 watt hours of electricity per day**. As well as this it’s easy to install without needing an electrician –  we can’t fault this solar panel.

*Based on average figures calculated by the Energy Saving Trust and DEFRA, using a household electricity consumption of 4015kWh per year at 13.95p/kWh.

**The Solar Power Station generates 150W of electricity an hour, equating to 750 watt hours based on an average of 5 hours of sunlight per day.

Image via Flickr: From ReillyButler

by Deborah Burley

It’s official, the traditional 60W light bulbs will cease to exist in the not-too-distant future, due to European law enforcements banning their production.

We only sell energy-efficient light bulbs here at uSwitch, but with this news came a surge of infamous light bulb jokes around our office.

To celebrate the European domination of energy-efficient light bulbs we’d like to hear your favourite light bulb jokes, just leave a comment below.

For now, here’s some of our favourites:

 

Q: How many cops does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: None – it turned itself in.

 

Q: How many drummers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: One…Two, and a-one two three four.

 

Q: How many pessimists does it take to change a light bulb?

A: None. Why bother? It’s just going to burn out anyway.

 

Q: How many circus performers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Four. One to change the bulb and three to sing, “Ta da!”

 

Q: How many magicians does it take to change a light bulb?

A: It depends on what you want it changed into…

 

Q: How many mystery writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: Two, one to screw it in almost all the way and one to give it a surprising twist at the end.

 

Q: How many philosophers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Three. One to change it and two to stand around arguing over whether or not the light bulb exists.

 

Q: How many roadies does it take to change a light bulb?

A: One, two! One, two! One, Two!

 

Q: How many Einsteins does it take to change a light bulb?

A: That depends on the speed of the changer, and the mass of the bulb.
Or vice versa, of course. Then it just might be easier to leave
the bulb alone and change the room. It’s all relative.