It’s no surprise that with our ever-increasing demand for energy, technology has come up with equally innovative ways to cut back on it. In fact, technology and energy efficiency advances have provided us an entire genre of products designed to power our devices while simultaneously promoting green energy.
This genre is known as smart tech and its products are able to literally “learn” from our behaviors and adjust accordingly to save as much energy as possible in the process.
In this article, we’ll show you six ways you can use smart tech to green your home, one area at a time.
Most of us don’t even think about how much energy is wasted by simply leaving devices plugged into the wall. Even when not in use, these items still require electricity that adds to your utility bill.
Smart plugs are small devices that plug directly into your wall socket and into which you plug in all your additional gadgets. The beauty of smart plugs is that they allow you to turn off the power to these gadgets anytime you want using an app on your phone. And as a bonus, these devices are compatible with smart assistants like Amazon Alexa so you can even turn them off using your voice as you rush out the door!
The kitchen is a place where a lot of energy is used on a daily basis, but even more so during meal preparation. But meals don’t have to be energy black holes any longer. By investing in a simple item like a smart cooker, you can eliminate the need for using stove or oven energy in favor of a smart device that you can control remotely.
These smart cookers are able to cook a meal and then lower their temperatures to avoid burning it afterward. Now, in addition to greening your kitchen, you can also look forward to never burning dinner again.
Smart thermostats work by keeping your home’s temperature as low as possible for as long as possible. And the best part is you don’t have to program it as your smart thermostat will actually “learn” the most efficient way to heat and cool your home based on your schedule.
These thermostats are also operated remotely and can be used to view your energy consumption in real time. And in addition to being affordable and easy to install, these smart energy devices will save you money on your future heating and cooling costs.
While not exactly a “smart” technology, these lights do turn themselves on and off without an app or a light switch! Outdoor lighting for pathways, spotlights and even decorative “twinkle” lights powered by solar energy come in a variety of functional and trendy options. An individual photovoltaic panel absorbs the light and heat from the sun during the day which powers the light source once it is dark outside. Never worry about turning your outside lights off again, these solar powered lights turn themselves off when they run out of energy.
Yes, smart technology is no longer limited to just inside your home. There are now devices available which allow you to operate your sprinkler schedule in a way that optimizes energy efficiency by taking things like the weather forecast and your individual lawn size into account.
Based on these factors, your smart irrigation system will water your lawn accordingly and reduce water usage as much as possible. Today, certain smart irrigation systems have been shown to decrease outdoor water usage by as much as 50%.
This isn’t a gadget per se, but it’s what powers all your other gadgets so we think it’s worth including. You can have all the smart technology in the world working inside your home but you haven’t made the full transition to going green until you switch to a renewable energy provider, or “smart power.”
While solar is often an option, there is a significant upfront investment and your options may be limited by location. A more accessible option is to switch to a renewable energy provider. Switching to green energy has never been easier and usually involves no disruptions in service or equipment to buy.
If you’re ready to make the jump, Powervine Energy offers several renewable energy plans to fit you needs and switching can literally be done in a matter of minutes.
Many utilities will provide you with a free or inexpensive home energy audit. These audits can be a great supplement to your other green energy efforts.
Contact your electricity utility for more information. They may be able to schedule a time to have a professional give your home a thorough energy efficiency audit and let you know all the places where you might be losing energy. They can also recommend some easy steps to “plug” these holes going forward so that none of your other green energy efforts go to waste.