With credit squeezed, salaries frozen and unemployment rising we are all feeling the economic pinch these days. Once, household technology was solely about buying the latest gadget, be it home cinema or a new smart phone, before the old one had even approached the end of its useful life. But in the last couple of years, with the credit crunch, people have become increasingly aware of what technology has to offer to help them actually save money. Some of this technology has been around for a while, whilst other developments are decidedly cutting-edge.
Here is our top five of modern technologies that can cut household costs: