In our previous energy-saving guide for hobby electronics, we introduced the concept of electrical power and how it relates to circuit voltage and current. We then provided a detailed list of numerous low-power ICs that can be used in DIY electronics projects for increased energy-efficiency.
However, if as an electronics hobbyist, you are looking to further improve your system’s energy efficiency, you can further improve the hardware design of your project through some circuit tricks and good component selection! You can also improve the software design of your microcontroller-based project by configuring low-power modes on both your microcontroller and on its peripherals!
In Guide 2 of our energy-saving methods article series, we’ve put together a list of hardware and software methods for reducing the power consumption of your creations. By combining these methods with the efficient modules from Guide 1, you’re guaranteed to create energy-efficient and long-lasting projects!