Automating Energy Consumption Through Smart Gadgets

| 5/21/2013 3:02:00 PM

It seems like these days, everyone wants to do their part to help save the planet. Well, don’t worry, because there’s plenty of screwed-up environment to go around. But even if you don’t have the resources to patch up the ozone layer or find new homes for deposed polar bears, you can still do your part to give Mother Nature a helping hand. Well, not a helping hand, exactly, because you’ll be too busy holding these various smart gadgets. Companies from around the world have stepped in to make Earth a little cleaner, by helping us reduce our power consumption. Here are seven devices that will help you conserve energy in your home, and maybe even help make our world livable again.


Smart Thermostat

Ok, maybe this isn’t exactly top-of-the-line. After all, thermostats have been in use for decades. However, smart thermostats are something else. A smart thermostat can better regulate your climate, beyond simply maintaining a specific temperature. Are you leaving town? The smart thermostat (and I continue to use the generic term because there are so many different brands available) will automatically reduce power consumption. You won’t have to worry about it shutting down completely and letting your pipes freeze, but you also will have the peace of mind of knowing that at least your power bill won’t end up costing more than it would to take your family to Disney World. It can likewise turn itself down when you go to bed, or at any other time when you might not need direct heat\cold. And if you’re the controlling type, the thermostat can be managed directly from your mobile smart device.

Kill A Watt

Appliances can be some of the most inefficient energy guzzlers in your house. Whether it’s your toaster cramming electricity through a few coils of nichrome wire to produce heat, or your refrigerator using electricity to suck up and contain that heat, the end result is the same: energy consumption. The “Kill A Watt” is a device that allows appliances to be plugged directly into it. It then uses its large LCD display to verify just how much energy the appliance uses. So now you can determine exactly how much you need to resent your kid for leaving the freezer door open all night.

Power Conscience

Of course, if reading displays and calculating kilowatt hours seems like too much work (come on, it’s for the environment, after all), then maybe the “Power Conscience Energy Usage Meter” would be more your style. There are no numbers or anything like that, instead, you just plug the device into a wall outlet, and it will tell you (through brightening or dimming LED lights that form a floral pattern) just how much power your home is using. Of course, it won’t be a specific figure, but at least you’ll know if you fall into the category of “a whole dang lot.” 

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