NEW YEAR, NEW YOU – Save Money

With talk of the credit crunch not subsiding, and things not looking to improve for another year or so, 2009 is definitely the year to think about you

With talk of the credit crunch not subsiding, and things not looking to improve for another year or so, 2009 is definitely the year to think about your bank account as much as shiny new tech. Thankfully being thrifty doesn't mean you have to go without your gadget fix, as this bunch of gadgets prove.

ECO Showerdrop £12

nigelsecostore.com

This shower timer (above) could save a family of four £180 a year. It calibrates itself with your shower's flow and beeps when your recommended time's up. Green fascism? Yep. Financially and ecologically sound? You bet.

One For All EnergySaver £40

maplin.co.uk

If you're anything like the average UK home, you probably waste £40 a year on standby. This remote control aims to put that cash back in your pocket by wirelessly killing standby. Unlike its rival gadgets and their keyfobs which are destined to get lost, you're unlikely to lose the EnergySaver.

 

Advent Eco PC £600

pcworld.co.uk

PC World reckons this energy efficient desktop will save you £35 on electricity, assuming it replaces a fairly typical 105 watt computer. The spec isn't too embarrassing, and it even has has a recycled plastic case for full greenie points. There's certainly worse ways of saving cash.

 

www.firebox.com

This electric scooter makes up for a lack of speed by saving you wads of cash. A driver entering the Congestion Charge every working day, for example, would find the Scoota paying for itself within 25 weeks. The 8p cost of running the Scoota for 40 miles makes petrol models look laughably expensive - and should make the morning commute a damn-sight more interesting.

 

www.three.co.uk

Mates scattered to the four corners of the globe? Save a packet by calling them for free with this Skype-packing mobile, which lets you call anyone on Skype for free. That's a lot of free calls considering 309 million people use Skype. Nice phone, too.