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5 Energy Efficient Gadgets for Homes

We now live in a world awash in gadgets, and because of that our energy bills seem to go higher and higher each month. There are several ways you can keep these expenses from getting too high, and you may even cut them down significantly with the help of an energy consulting company.

But did you know that some gadgets can actually help you conserve energy? These are the so-called “green” appliances that help you conserve your energy usage and save money at the same time.

  1. LED lights. Changing your lights to more energy-efficient lighting is perhaps one of the easiest ways for you to start your conversion to green technology. And among all the lighting devices that claim to be energy efficient, LED lights are the most cost-effective. They offer bright lights at low costs. Halogen lights seem inadequate in quality, while the mercury in compact fluorescent bulbs is also unsatisfactory for many.
  2. Programmable or smart thermostats. In a typical US home, heating and cooling are responsible for more than half of the energy bill. You can save some money by resetting your thermostat when you’re away from home or when you’re sleeping. But you can forget sometimes, and there may even be times that you leave your heater or air conditioning on when you’re not home. Now with a programmable thermostat, all these problems are easy to fix and you can rally cut down on your energy usage.

You can use a preset schedule so that your HVAC system will work only at certain times. With a smart thermostat, you can even have your HVAC system work only when it detects your presence. You can even control your thermostat remotely when you’re in the office by using your smartphone.

  1. Energy saving or smart outlets. Obviously, not all our electronic devices are programmable or can be remotely controlled. But you can put in these special outlets and you can then acquire these features. Your outlet can let you limit your use of your electronic devices to a preset time period, such as half an hour or several hours. It can even prevent the appliance from drawing any standby power. A smart plug can also allow you to turn off the connected appliance remotely, such as from the office.
  2. Charging stations. Nowadays just about everyone uses a smartphone. Many others use tablets, laptops, and other devices that require recharging of the batteries. So what do we do? We often charge these devices overnight all throughout the day! That can lead to a lot of wasted energy, when a device is left plugged in even after it’s fully charged. But with a charging station, these rechargeable devices stop drawing power when they’re fully charged. You may also specify a particular time after which the charging station will shut off the power.
  3. Power strips. Leaving other electronic appliances plugged in can also lead to wasted energy, but it can be tiresome to unplug and plug so many devices every day. But you can plug in these electronic appliances in these power strips, which can prevent all unused appliances from drawing “phantom power.”

 

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