It may seem paradoxical, but for us to save energy we need to add more gadgets in our home.
Over the recent years, consumers have become more aware of our individual role in helping the environment. And in response to this trend, many manufacturers are now offering energy efficient, “green” gadgets that does not only help environment but also help save money.
Here let’s take a look at some of the latest green technologies for your home.
- Smart Thermostats
Every household has a unique heating and air conditioning needs but the problem is we have a generic HVAC system that is not responsive to these unique patterns. With the new programmable thermostat, you can control your household’s energy consumption by setting the appropriate heating or cooling system depending on your living patterns. It may come as a pricey investment, at $200, but it can cut your next energy bill by up to 40 percent. Well, it would be good if pool heaters would also be equipped with the same technology, go to this link for more pool heater reviews, for added savings.
- Energy Star Appliances
The next time you buy a new appliance make sure to check if the product is Energy Star certified. By using these energy-efficient appliances, you can save on your monthly electricity bills. For instance, an Energy Star-certified refrigerator can save you over a hundred dollar less per year to operate. Investing on these appliances could mean saving more in the long run.
- LED Lights
Compared to compact fluorescent, halogen and the other energy-efficient lighting available, LED bulbs offer maximum illumination for the least budget and least energy. By replacing your current lighting to LED, you can considerably your average household energy consumption. Furthermore, it does not contain toxic chemicals, like mercury which is found in fluorescent, making it a very safe alternative.
- Energy Management Systems
With this technology, you can now control your home while away from home using your smartphone. You’ll never have to worry if you left the flat iron on or the lights on or the coffee maker on. With Energy Management System, you can control appliances, heating and cooling system, light, security system, and entertainment system remotely.
- Charging Stations
Phantom power is a major energy sucker in the household. It results from electronics, such as chargers, that are plugged but aren’t used. It can consume up to 8 percent of the household’s power without any purpose. Charging stations automatically shuts down power consumption when not in use. By investing on charging stations, you can stop energy wastage.
- Smart Power Strips
Aside from charges, there are also other appliances and electronics around the house that suck up phantom power. With smart power strips, this energy wastage is controlled. Power strips automatically cuts off power with anything plugged into it. This is especially useful with electricity sockets in hard to reach corners of the house, such underneath the floor, behind the cabinet or TV, in the back of the kitchen counter, etc.
These gadgets offer a great way to save on your monthly bills at the same time helping our planet. Did we miss out on your favorite green gadget? Leave us a comment.