Save money on batteries: Use rechargeable ones!

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With all the electronics we have in our cache these days, batteries to power them can be quite costly. Switching to rechargeable batteries can save significant cash!

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Stop buying disposables. Toss the disposables! OK…take the plunge! It’s well worth it. When those disposable batteries quit, don’t even think about buying more of them.

Take inventory: Make a list of all the electronic devices you have that take batteries. Of course, cell phones and some other devices have “specialized” batteries, so those should not be on the list. Include items that you typically use disposable batteries for, such as flashlights, cameras, toys, remotes, computer mice (wireless), clocks, powered headphones, radios, cd players, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, etc., etc. Be sure you jot down what kind of battery each one needs, too.

Make a small investment: Go out and pick up a rechargeable battery “kit”, which includes a charger and some rechargeable batteries. There are several kits available, varying by the number of batteries that can be charged at one time, and how many batteries come with them. Costs vary as well, but for under $20 you can get a pretty good starter setup. Many of these kits have “universal” chargers, which accommodate 9Volt, AAA, AA, C, D, and other battery sizes.

Find a suitable place: I think it’s a good idea to designate a specific place for your rechargeable battery storage and recharging station operation. Be sure to follow all manufacturers’ instructions for setting up and operating your station.

The benefits: Each consumer will save varying amounts by switching to rechargeable batteries, depending, of course, on how many devices and how quickly batteries are consumed in them. Suffice it to say that the relatively low cost of rechargeable batteries these days makes it worthwhile. In addition, you will certainly help out the environment by switching to rechargeable batteries, since they are not disposed of for a much longer period than disposable batteries.

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