Top Technologies to Shrink your Home Energy Usage and Carbon Footprint



Reducing your carbon footprint and simultaneously saving money is easier than ever with the growth of energy-saving technologies. From LED light bulbs to devices that monitor your appliances to solar panel systems, there are many opportunities to put smart technologies to work saving you energy around your home and lowering your environmental impact each day.

Energy Efficiency Products

An inexpensive and simple way to cut your energy use at home is to use energy efficient products – products that use energy much more effectively and intelligently to accomplish everyday tasks. For example, by simply replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with efficient LED bulbs around your home, you can dramatically cut your energy usage. LED bulbs use a fraction of the power that traditional bulbs use while providing quality lighting and lasting significantly longer.

Other efficient products like low-flow shower heads and smart power strips can also be installed around your home to reduce energy use from routine activities. A low-flow shower head reduces your water use, therefore lowering the energy consumption and costs associated with heating water. Smart power strips can sense when plugged-in devices are not in use and shut off those outlets to eliminate “vampire load,” the energy your appliances use when they are plugged in but not being directly used.

Smart Thermostats

One of the largest monthly expenses for homeowners is climate control. Keeping your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and generally comfortable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the whole year consumes tons of energy and contributes to a significant part of your home’s carbon footprint. Smart thermostats provide both fine control and hands-off services to help you reduce your energy use. Almost every smart thermostat can be controlled via a mobile app, making it possible for you raise or lower your home temperature from anywhere with an internet connection. With app functionality, you can “pre-heat” your home before you return after work or even turn off your system remotely to save money and energy. This remote access, among other features, lets you shave down your energy costs around heating and cooling.

Some products, like Nest’s Learning Thermostat, can even learn from your habits and customize your home climate scheduling. After a week of manually changing your thermostat to fit your lifestyle, the Learning Thermostat will begin automatically adjusting temperatures and taking opportunities when it knows you will be out of the house to turn off your climate system and save energy.

10/8/2017 10:26:29 AM

Good info, except folks are assuming too much from easy to raise and lower (and set-back) thermostats for saving energy. Depending on the home and the type of system, many scenarios require more energy to "catch up" rather than "keep up" when the interior environment fluctuates more than (approximately) 8 to 10 degrees F. Specially for heating with hydronic baseboard and in floor radiant, boiler systems, which are designed to "keep up".

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