Pepsi points can save you pennies

Have you ever bought TV episodes on iTunes? Well I have. As it turns out, there is some money to be saved! Usually, each TV episode costs $1.99 on iTunes. If you buy Pepsi products, you might notice little numbers printed to the underside of each bottle-cap. You can actually go online at pepsistuff.com and enter the codes on the bottle caps in order to get Pepsi points. For every 12 Pepsi points you enter into the website, you can actually download a free TV episode from any popular show of your choice from Amazon.com. You can also buy music, and other things from the website, but downloading TV shows for 12 Pepsi points each is the best deal, in my opinion.

Let’s take a quick look at how much money this could save you. Suppose you buy 2, 6 packs of 24 Fl. Oz. bottles of Pepsi products for five dollars. If you choose to take the time to enter the codes online, you can download a TV show episode you would otherwise have to pay $1.99 for. So in total, you’re paying $5 and receiving $6.99 worth of merchandise, which actually turns out to be a great deal, especially if you drink Pepsi products. That’s a lot of pennies to be saved!

Posted under Saving Money, Shopping

This post was written by admin on August 29, 2008

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Leaving your router on costs you money

If you have high speed internet and more than one computer, chances are you have a router. If you use a laptop and access the internet with a wireless router, you almost certainly have a router…unless you’re leeching from a neighbor. Anyway, it turns out that leaving your router on can use a significant amount of electricity and therefore cost a significant amount of money. Now, if you’ve read my article about turning off your computer when you’re not using it, you already know that turning your computer off can save a huge amount of money. Assuming you turn off your computer when you’re not using it, it’s oh so easy to forget about the router!

Most wireless routers consume anywhere from 5 to 15 watts. You can estimate the power a router consumes by taking a look at the transformer (that little box you plug into an outlet.) Let’s assume that your router consumes about 10 watts of power, which is very typical. 10 watts may not sound like much, because it isn’t…but this can actually start costing you real money if you leave your router plugged in all day long. Let’s do a little experiment!

Suppose you use your computer 6 hours a day, but you have your router plugged in all day, every day. Now assume that electricity costs you $.0896 per kWh. Depending on where you live, you could be paying more, or less. We can now calculate how much power you save by unplugging your router when you’re not using it.

10 Watts * (24-6) h/day * $.0896/kWh * 365 days/year * 1 kW/1000W = $5.89 / year

Okay, you’re not going to get rich by unplugging your router when you’re not using it. But on the other hand, this is all money that can be saved without sacrificing anything. Simply unplug your router when you’re done using your computer, and you can expect to save five dollars per year. If you live in an area with more expensive electricity like California, leaving your router on could cost upwards of 10 dollars a year.

Before wrapping up this post, I just want to clarify what I mean by turning off your router. Instead of turning your router off, the best thing you can do is unplug it from the wall. Many people will tell you that leaving a transformer plugged in even though the device it’s supposed to power is off will not use any power. These people are dead wrong. Transformers are not lossless devices due to resistance in the electrical wires. To truly save the most amount of power, it’s best to unplug it. I have a power strip for my computer, monitors and router. This way, when I’m done using my computer, I can completely disconnect everything from the power grid with the flick of a switch!

For more tips on how to save electricity, check out this page.

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This post was written by admin on August 7, 2008

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