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Keeping your IT costs low

Everybody appreciates efficient productivity, whether it’s in the workplace, the hobbies you’re building in your garage, or your home computer.

And when we can achieve that level of potency while keeping costs and power usage low, everybody wins.

Here are a few tips on keeping your home IT costs to a minimum:

1. Raspberry Pi Microcomputer
This $35 device is a terrific all-around mini-computer, with an endless range of uses.

One of it’s most valuable assets is its low-power consumption. You can turn your Raspberry Pi into a digital network storage device for all your computer files.

The best part? It only uses about $5 worth of electricity per year.

2. Solar Power Panels
Perfect for camping trips or powering a room of your house, like, for example, your office den. You can get them for a relatively cheap price on places like Amazon, or the manufacturer’s site.

One such device we recommend is the Wagan Solar E-Cube 1500. It’s received mixed reviews, but the positives definitely outweigh the cons.

3. Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader
If you enjoy reading, but lament that you can’t take your paperbacks with you on trips, consider purchasing an E-Reader.

The Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon is the best E-reader on the market. Its lightweight design, E-Ink display, and large memory storage will allow you to read thousands of books while passing weeks without the need to charge the device.

4. Replace Your PC With A Tablet
I know this tip sounds like blasphemy to computer users worldwide, but the time has finally arrived where tablets are able to keep up with computers.

Whether it’s the Apple iPad 4, the Microsoft Surface Pro, or the Google Nexus 10, you can do just about everything you could on your laptop for a fraction of the cost. Not only are you saving bundles of cash up front, but the power consumption these devices require are miniscule in comparison.

For example; the iPad uses approximately $1.36 per year of power. Visit your local computer store (Best Buy, Staples, etc.) to learn more.

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