When purchasing consumer electronics, choose those that use rechargeable batteries, which are more cost-effective than disposable. When disposing of any type of battery or electronic, always read the manufacturer's instructions or check with your city's trash removal department for safe disposal options.
- Skill level: Basic
- More consumer electronics now use rechargeable batteries, which can reduce landfill waste in addition to being more energy-and cost-efficient.
- Cost range: $10-$30
- Not only do rechargeable electronics typically cost the same as those with disposable batteries, but you'll save the money you would have spent replacing batteries.
- Savings: Up to 35% in electricity while charging
- To maximize cost savings when using rechargeable electronics, look into solar chargers or unplug AC chargers from wall outlets when not being used to prevent power draw. Use an ENERGY STAR® certified battery charger and use 35% less energy while charging, compared to conventional chargers.