For most Americans, home energy consumption is a big priority. Whether it’s about saving money or looking out for the environment, it just makes good sense to make our homes as energy efficient homes possible.
Here are four “smart” tips for making your home energy efficient in 2017.
Tip #1: Switch to LED Lighting
Switching to energy efficient LED lighting is a great way to save money and help the environment. The Philips Hue A19 Starter Kit will not only reduce your energy costs due to the lower power consumption of LED lights versus old-fashioned bulbs, but their lifespan is an incredible 15,000 hours, meaning you’ll save money on light bulb replacement costs too. Not only that, they are compatible with Nest “smart” technology (see more below) meaning you’ll be able to set up automated lighting schedules, further reducing energy consumption.
Tip #2: Control Your Home’s Heating.
The Nest Thermostat programs itself by learning (and remembering) the temperature profile of your home. It learns your schedule uses this data to program itself to be more energy efficient. Thanks to its Smart Learning Technology, the thermostat tracks your heating and cooling preferences, which rooms you spend the most time in, and your work (away from home) schedule. It can reduce your heating and cooling energy consumption by as much as 20%.
Tip #3: Turn Your Appliances On or Off Remotely
Ever left the house and suddenly panicked that the stove was still on? Or just got into bed and realized you forgot to turn off the hallway light? If yes, this next tip will give you peace of mind as well as reducing your energy consumption. The TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug allows you to turn any appliance on or off remotely via an app. It also allows you to schedule electronics (such as lights) as needed and can even give you home security by activating devices at different times when you are travelling to give the appearance someone is at home.
Tip #4: Use Sensors to Know When Your Air Filter Needs Changing
How often do you remember to change your air filter? HVAC energy bills can be unnecessarily elevated if your filter becomes clogged. FilterScan Wifi removes the guesswork from knowing when it’s time to change your filter by sending an email or text alert to your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer when the filter becomes clogged. That means you’ll enjoy cleaner air, lower electric bills, a more environmentally friendly home, and an efficiently operating HVAC system.
Use these “smart” tips and devices to bring your home into the 21st century. You’ll save on energy bills and be helping the environment at the same time, so it’s win-win!!