It’s now possible to implement energy-saving, smart devices at your homes, thanks to the improvement in technology. Not only will you have significant savings but also increased comfort through these new devices. Let us look at some smart devices that will reduce your monthly utility expenses.
• Smart Home Hub
This product allows you to control all automated products through one system only. These ‘hubs’ can connect and combine multiple home automation devices in your home, and gives you the power to remotely control them as well.
Smart and programmable thermostats have the ability to learn the habits of your heating and cooling system. Following these patterns, it can create smart energy savings by cutting the overall energy bill by about 40%.
• LED Lighting
LED lighting has proved to be an energy-efficient alternative for halogen and compact fluorescent lights. It offers the brightest and the most consistent light for little money, while being safe at the same time.
• Energy Management Systems
You can remotely control your entire home that includes your HVAC system, electric appliances, security system, lights and stereo with the help of a remote control or your smart phone that has internet connectivity. With an energy management system, you can quit worrying about leaving electric devices on or whether the house will be comfortable when you return.
• Smart Power Strips
Power strips address major energy problems. Devices that are constantly plugged in and shut off or are fully charged account for around 20% of all energy wasted in America annually. A smart power strip allows you to cut phantom power from anything that is plugged into it as it can sense energy demand and cuts off the power supply to devices when they are fully charged or aren’t in use.
• Solar Panels
By using the solar energy to power your home, you can help reduce pollution and lower your electricity expenses. The initial expenses of installation are a little high, but it can be covered through your savings and green energy tax credits and rebates.
Energy Star Qualified Products
Energy Star is a program that offers ideas on how one can save energy and money by installing ‘smart’ and energy-efficient devices in your homes. Some include:
• Energy Star qualified appliances
These appliances use 10 to 50% less energy than the non-rated appliances. They increase the lifespan of appliances, and promote more efficient and smooth operation. Moreover, they require fewer repairs too.
Energy star measures the heat transfer through the insulation and rates it by the R-value. Higher the R-value, the more protection is offered against heat loss. Use that value of insulation that best suits your needs for the most cost-effective value of insulation.
• Energy Efficient Doors and Windows
Old doors and windows are prone to air leaks, cracks and damages that have a direct effect on energy savings. Energy efficient doors, windows and even skylights will carry the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) label. Different factors such as the U-factor, air leakage and solar heat gain coefficient are considered while determining the energy performance rating.
• Replace your HVAC System with an Energy Star HVAC
HVAC system accounts for almost 43% of any household’s energy consumption on an annual basis. It has been estimated that HVAC systems older than 10 years costs approximately 30% per year more to run and maintain as compared to any current model Energy Star HVAC system. Replacing your old heating and cooling system with an Energy Star HVAC will help you save money.
• Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Energy efficient bulbs help in energy savings by using 25% less power. This doesn’t compromise in the brightness of the light or its life. They can last about ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.
It’s not impossible to incorporate energy efficient devices at your home. Do your bit of reducing your carbon print while save money doing so. Though some of these options might seem expensive initially, you can be assured of covering up the initial costs in the long run. In fact, your savings will be much more than you would invest on them!