Electronics have taken over nearly every aspect of our lives, our homes are no exceptions. While this may seem like no big deal, American’s fail to realize that each and every one of these gadgets uses up energy driving our utility bills sky high. No need to worry though, there are plenty of earth – and wallet – friendly technologies that will actually lower your bill!
1) Renewable Energy
Solar panels placed strategically around a house can be used to convert solar energy into electricity. This electricity can then be generated throughout the house. Homes located among geographic areas with additional sunlight will benefit with these additional solutions. An average solar grid system generates approximately 815 kWh per month and costs approximately $10,000. This is surely a heavy investment, but with the installation it is possible to have multiple $0 electric bills throughout a year. Solar energy is still in the introductory phases so it will not be surprising to see the installation cost decrease over time.
2) Programmable Thermostats
The largest portion of a home’s monthly energy bill comes from heating and cooling. Most homes, unknowingly to homeowners, have systems that inefficiently waste large amounts of heating and cooling energy. Newer thermostats, allow for one to set the temperature remotely via a tablet, smartphone, or laptop. In addition, the homeowner can create a schedule for which the system can automatically switch to different temperatures throughout the day. While out of the house, one can set the system off and then pre-heat or pre-cool the house when they are returning home.
3) Motion Sensors and Occupation Detectors
It is advisable to have control over the electric conduction of all appliances in the home. Motion sensors installed around a house can help lower utility costs. For years, people have utilized flood lights outside their homes for security purposes. Now the same idea is appearing inside homes by ensuring that televisions, lights, microwaves, and small appliances are turned off when no one is in the room. Many occupation systems allow for remote control from internet based devices with a simple application. The average vendor cost for a smartphone controlled lighting system is approximately $180 per light switch.
4) Smart, Eco-Friendly Appliances
The 21st century brought innovative, environmental friendly appliances to fruition. For instance, the LG Smart Washing Machine was introduced at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. This device guarantees large cost savings in energy consumption. It can be programmed to operate during times of low electricity usage. In addition, if there is an issue with the machine, such as a water leak, the Wi-Fi diagnosis will quickly address the problem. The most efficient machines allow for back and forth communication between user and device.
5) Save Water
A newer device in development is a shower-counter. This little gizmo measures pressure of the water coming through the shower head. It also has a timer which allows you to monitor water consumption from a gallon per dollar standpoint. Even installing a water-saving shower head will cut down monthly water costs. Long, hot showers without any restrictions can easily use up to ten gallons per minute. It is also up to the consumer to limit showers to complete the essentials: soap, wash, rinse.
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This article was written by Justin D’Souza who is a feelance writer currently employed by Bob Heinmiller AC.