In a single year, an average home spends an estimated $2,000 in energy bills. Throughout the U.S. over $130 billion is spent on misused energy. Given how those annual numbers are projected to rise every year, it’s important to find ways to reduce home energy costs. Some simple lifestyle changes will make a significant difference, but there are also gadgets and appliances that also facilitate the process of becoming more eco-friendly.
The first thing you can do to is see if a product is an Energy Star product, indicating that it’s energy-efficient. From there, you’ll have to find which gadgets and appliances will not only curve energy costs, but can also make daily life easier.
Want to know which products are not only eco-friendly, but are “smart” as well? Here’s the top 3 to consider:
- Nest Thermostat (3rd Generation)
Life gets busy—especially today with having to balance work, school, hobbies and errands. And sometimes it’s hard to remember to turn up or turn down the thermostat as you walk out (or in) the door. The Nest learning thermostat knows when you’ve left the house, so it goes into a “home/away assist” mode to consume less energy. But while you are home, it learns your preferred temperature settings (for example: what temperature to be when you are turning in for the night).
The Nest thermostat is another Energy Star certified product; it’s the first thermostat to receive that certification. What’s more is that the thermostat can be used with other smart devices and even smart home security systems in North America.
Philips Hue Light bulbs, 3rd Generation
Philips Hue light bulbs are revolutionizing home lighting. Since the light bulbs allow users to have better control of their lighting (they can be remotely controlled from any Internet-enabled device), these energy-efficient light bulbs have even received an Energy Star approval. In addition to being energy-efficient, users can enjoy over 16 million colors and 50,000 white hue options. It’s a diverse color spectrum that you can set for mood lighting—whether it’s for gaming/movie/music entertainment purposes or for general lighting needs at your liking.
Whirlpool Cabrio Smart Washer and Dryer
The Whirlpool Cabrio Smart Washer and Dryer are changing the process of how we do our laundry. For starters, they Energy Star certified products— a necessity since these types of appliances generally consume more energy than most household appliances (especially dryers).
What truly sets these washers and dryers apart from the rest is their remote washing and drying capabilities with a mobile app. So any location you are, you can start, stop or pause a cycle with the press of your smart screen.
Like many smart appliances made today, the Whirlpool Cabrio Smart Washer and Dryer can be paired with other devices, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat for optimal energy usage and conservation.
What types of energy-efficient products are right for your home? It all depends on your particular household needs. Just remember that being eco-friendly doesn’t have to be a difficult feat to try and tackle. These products will curb energy costs while also simplifying your daily tasks.