May 12, 2008

3 prizes for May! 


It's taken a little time to get this months competition up due to a hectic first week to the month.

First of all a reminder - to enter you have to be a member (free - just complete this form). If you are a member you have to login at least once during the month. Not logged in? Just click here!

I'm sure most of you have noticed all the stories about energy bills on the rise - we certainly have. With both gas and electricity prices on a steep upward trajectory we thought we'd focus this months competition on energy saving ideas.

We have three prizes this month - one for each of three lucky winners.

The first two prizes are OWL electricity monitors. We reviewed one of these here back in October last year (you can read the OWL review here). They give you a very clear display of how much electrical power you're using at any time - instantly. It can be a little scary at first when you turn on the oven!

It very quickly becomes second nature though to check the meter before bed to see what you've left on. In our case it's most usually the kids computer or Play Station. We're trying to train them! Placing the big LCD display panel somewhere visible quickly helps you see when you're using more power than you expect. You can also quickly see the effects of switching off high-power lights or replacing them with low-energy equivalents.

Bye-bye standby

Our third prize is a "Bye-Bye Standby" starter kit. The kit includes three mains adaptors and a remote control. A very simple idea - when you go to bed (or away on holiday) simply press the control on the remote and power is removed from all the devices connected through the controlled sockets. Each socket can be connected to a multi-socket lead and control up to 1KW of devices.

This months winners will have the means of both doing their bit for the planet and reducing the effect of rising fuel prices on their pocket!

If you're not a member then you can join here - it's free and can be fun :-)

If you are a member make sure you've logged in to be entered!


With 2 teenagers I really need to show them how much electricity they are using (and costing me!!)

Comment by suenatal - May 29, 2008 20:35
I could save lots of money if I knew how much electricity I was using.
Comment by blue10 - May 29, 2008 13:41
Great Idea I think we could all do with these!
Comment by ukchriss - May 28, 2008 21:49
I Need one urgently
Comment by terryarkle - May 28, 2008 16:48
Cool Prize
Comment by jimmystars - May 27, 2008 19:20
what a good idea
Comment by buckley - May 27, 2008 19:08
Great prizes I hope I win something. I love gadgets.
Comment by sherieann - May 27, 2008 14:00
My husband constantly leaves things on standby. I would love to shock him into realizing how much electricity he's using!
Comment by starray - May 27, 2008 12:04
I'm a big gadget lover and these prizes look absolute crackers.....and very useful too!
Comment by POOHPOOH5 - May 26, 2008 18:59
This is a great thing in every way.What a good way to check your impact on the environment
Comment by edwardina25 - May 26, 2008 17:40
Such great prizes.  You're bound to save money using any of these products.  Every little helps!
Comment by tracyuk55 - May 26, 2008 14:37
Great prizes, we all need to do our bit for the environment 9and our pockets).
Comment by Barbaras - May 26, 2008 6:55
Great prize our house could definately use energy saving gadgets, with 3 teenagers would come in handy to show exactly what they are using
Comment by steviet42 - May 25, 2008 22:02
Great Green Gadget! Helps protect the environment and saves you a bit of money, when it comes to your bill.
Comment by darkowl - May 25, 2008 17:59
This is a great a great gadget to help everyone do their bit for global warming and should be a compulsory fitting for all new houses. We need to do something for our all our future grandchildren.
Comment by JohnM - May 25, 2008 17:31
What I want is a meter that shows the price I am paying for the services I am using, and that will probably scare me to switch off all unwanted devices.
Comment by kcmankell - May 25, 2008 16:52
Please enter me into this competition - I think I might be horrified to find out how much energy I'm using, but I'm prepared to be brave and face up to it, and then work towards doing something about cutting down and saving power.
Comment by Droylsdenian - May 25, 2008 13:58
Love the idea of being green!!!
Comment by italboy - May 21, 2008 0:59
so soooooooo would love this
Comment by emmajane29 - May 20, 2008 23:30
cheers for the comps
Comment by letsrock - May 20, 2008 15:31
Energy Saving Kit is very useful and saving the cost for electricity bills.
Comment by Tigergals - May 20, 2008 10:18
These wonderful gadgets would make us  all more conscious of what energy we have been wasting and would please my husband no end when the bills come down therefore making for a much more harmonious family life.  Win, win, prizes for sure.
Comment by suecook - May 20, 2008 7:48
I want one for Joderall Bank ( my sons bedroom) just to show the lazy git how much electric he uses.
Comment by lyndon13 - May 20, 2008 4:39
what a great efficent prize to have and save pounds with
Comment by lizze24 - May 19, 2008 17:07
Now that's a Wise Prize! And just my size :-)
Comment by Babel - May 19, 2008 9:00
yes please!
Comment by philjrubery - May 18, 2008 13:29
We have an OWL and we keep it in the kitchen.  We regularly check what electricity we are using and it's great fun to go around turning things off and seeing just what a difference it can make.  Definately one for making you conscious of the energy you use.  The kids understand it too!
Comment by carolinewilson - May 16, 2008 16:57
I'm always trying to persaude the family to switch things off. Maybe one of these would help!
Comment by DeniseSmall - May 15, 2008 20:31
i want
Comment by saif khan - May 14, 2008 15:21
Useful gadgets - would certainly help resolve some rows in our house - to my advantage :)
Comment by Stemroach - May 14, 2008 1:08
with the amount i spend weekly on would be nice to see if ime really using that amount,very usefull gadgets
Comment by mamabrownsugar - May 14, 2008 0:55
I definitely could do with on of these. Its one of those gadgets that you can't bring yourself to spend money on but would actually be worth it. Hope I win then I will convert everyone in the family
Comment by gillianth - May 13, 2008 22:44
We could all do with one of these!
Another great competition,  Thanks
Good Luck Everyone!
Comment by ukchriss - May 13, 2008 22:35
Comment by paulam - May 13, 2008 21:50

I already have the standby kit and would love another set for the tv and the rest of the gear connected to it.


Comment by brendaheads - May 13, 2008 17:55
My hubby's hobby is saving money, talk about Mr Krabbs, phew!!  This is right up his street.  Anyone of these prizes will light up his life!  Then he can show any of our 6 kids how much money they cost us, and the planet, every time they turn on their essential chargers, 20+ computers or boil the same water in the kettle for a dozen times to make coffee whilst they chat to their mates and forget all about it! And so the cycle continues.........Oi!! You lot!! Turn that bl#*dy music down!!!!!!!!!!!  
Comment by ymp3101 - May 13, 2008 17:41

As the one who pays the electric bill for 4 people I definitely need to show them how they are wasting.Especially my 2 adult daughters

Comment by edwardina25 - May 13, 2008 16:23
These prizes are very useful and great for saving energy!  
Comment by maidenrocks - May 13, 2008 16:04
thanks for doing this great competition,these gadgets would come in very useful
Comment by today - May 13, 2008 15:22
good useful gadgets - for the environment as well as our pockets ;)
Comment by lucidlupin - May 13, 2008 9:54
   With these Bye Bye Standy kits my bills would come down quicker than Paris Hiltons Drawers,
Comment by Binrat - May 13, 2008 9:52
Interesting prizes
Comment by robertgallimore - May 13, 2008 9:30
what great prizes love to be a winner
Comment by yvonne14 - May 13, 2008 8:42
What great prizes - everyone could do with a little help when it comes to energy saving - especially my family
Comment by chrissie211 - May 13, 2008 8:32
definately good prizes this month, especially as we are constantly being told t monitor our electriciy products for example don;t leave them in standby mode. My hubby is forever doing this so I would really love to win these prizes.
Comment by dancer2712 - May 13, 2008 8:25
my electric keeps going up and up as my daughters find new accesories for hair,body and soul. these gadgets will remind them how much electric they are using and to turn them all off and give my electric meter a rest. excellent ideas
Comment by dodger1 - May 13, 2008 6:34
What useful ideas, especially in these energy conscious times.
Comment by petereed - May 13, 2008 5:28
I could really do with one of the OWL electricity monitors to show my daughter just how much she is costing us!!
Comment by DNewton - May 12, 2008 22:16

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