Today's households seem to require more battery power than the Tesla factory. Keeping up with the demand of all our electronic conveniences can become expensive and leave a heap of toxic waste. From toys that keep the little ones busy to toys that keep adults excited- like Billy The Talking Bass ( what did you think I meant?) to necessary tools- like remote controls; these little wonders can be in high demand.
If you are willing to shell out the money up front for rechargeable batteries you would see great long term savings. But rechargable batteries do require an initial investment that can be hard to justify for some. And not all devices do well when powered by rechargables. Yet continually replacing regular batteries can feel just as heavy on the pocket book.
So what's the simplest trick to get the most use out of the batteries you already have? Well, if you are asking me you are asking the perfect person- because I'm cheap and like to do things the easy way.
I discovered that just because a set of batteries will no longer run Sally's wireless XBox remote, doesn't mean it can't run that clock on the wall. Or the tv remote. Or that mini key chain flashlight you hardly ever use. And even possibly that alarm clock that has a back up battery compartment in the case of a power outage.'Spent' batteries are not always fully spent... it's just that they don't have the strength left in them to run high demand devices. The down side of this trick is that you will find yourself with a plethera of 'not completely spent' batteries and not enough wall clocks. But it's more about the little ways to recycle a highly toxic and volatile material than it is about savings. Your wall clocks are likely to seemingly run forever on the second wind of your batteries. Remotes will seem to run almost as long. So don't forget to set aside the extras you simply can't use into a cofee tin under the sink and save them up for a once a year local hazardous waste round up that your city's waste management department most likely offers.
It's also important to remember to remove batteries from seasonal items before storage. You can keep the batteries in a zip lock bag right with your seasonal items or toys, but keeping them INSIDE the unit can eventually cause damage to the item when a battery decides to leak from an extended period of non use. Many 'broken' toys and devices would still be useable but for the corrosion left behind on battery compartment recepticles. If you have an item that appears to have a rusty look to it's battery compartment, use an old, barely damp toothbrush dipped in Baking Soda to neutralize the acid left behind and remove light corrosion to possibly save the item. However, use your judgement when choosing to revive a childs toy in this manner due to possible contamination of leaked battery acid. And then of course, some things should be left 'broken'. Like Billy The Talking Bass.