These 3 Eco-Friendly Home Gadgets Are Helping Save the Planet
If one of your new year's resolutions is to make your home more eco-friendly, then you've come to the right place. From recycling to making your own cleaning products and reducing your waste, we've outlined sustainable cleaning tips that support an eco-friendly home but what about other ways you can reduce your carbon footprint like investing in eco-friendly gadgets?
Believe it or not, there are several high-tech home gadgets out there that are helping to save the planet. Investing in technology might not seem like an obvious choice for making your home a greener one but the future of our planet actually depends on it.
Here are a few gadgets that will help you reduce your home's energy as well as your carbon footprint.
Convert Electronic Devices Into Smart Appliances
Second, only to China, U.S. energy consumption is one of the highest in the world. In 2016, the U.S. consumed some 28 quadrillion British thermal units of energy derived from natural gas, about 14 quadrillion units of energy derived from coal, and a little over eight quadrillion units of energy from nuclear energy sources. Additionally, this is costing Americans $19 billion in electricity bills every year from simply not turning off or unplugging electronics.
So how can you reduce your energy and your electric bills? Smart plugs like WeMo have the ability to reduce wasteful power usage by turning electronics off when they aren't in use which can be done using an app on your phone. Depending on which WeMo model you get, you can also track your energy usage trends to see how you can make positive consumption changes.
Replace Your Thermostat
Air-conditioning in the U.S. accounts for an estimated 5 percent of our annual energy consumption (not including heating systems) which pours roughly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year. Needless to say, if your home needs some eco-friendly updates, your thermostat would be another good place to start.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is probably one of the most popular options out there. Smart gadgets like this will automatically adjust your inside temperature based on outside temperatures and humidity. Most smart thermostats also report on your energy usage so you can become more efficient.
Switch Your Light Bulbs for Smarter Ones
The price of LED bulbs has dropped dramatically over the years, so this is perhaps one of the cheapest and easiest fixes you can make at home. But if you really want to take your home to the next eco-friendly level, there are also smart bulbs like Philips Hue and GE Link bulbs that you can control from your phone that will help you reduce your energy consumption. Again these smart light products also come with a reporting option so you can learn more about your energy use and how to best control it in favor of the environment.