The average home has an average annual energy bill of over $2,000—a number that continues to rise every year. In total, across the U.S. there is an estimated $130 billion spent on wasted energy per year. It goes to say that there are ways to reduce the use of wasted energy. And it all begins at home.
It’s important to find eco-friendly methods to help you save both energy and money. And while tightening your belt isn’t an easy feat to do at first, the process can be simplified and facilitated with the use of eco-friendly smart gadgets.
Here are the top gadgets and appliances to help you save money:
Frigidaire Cool Connect Smart Window Air Conditioner
Window air conditioners work separately from central air conditioning units. Since they need to manually be adjusted room by room, it’s hard to remember to adjust each throughout the day (especially when it’s before leaving the house). First off, the Frigidaire Cool Connect Smart Window Air Conditioner is energy efficient (a 2017 energy star product). And what makes it more energy efficient is that it’s a smart product as well, meaning you can remotely adjust the temperature via a mobile app that you can use on any smartphone or tablet. So regardless of your location, you can lower the temperature or crank things up when need be. In terms of functionality as an air conditioning unit itself, it cools up to 450 square feet in any given room. It also features a clean air ionizer that eliminates dust and pollen from the air—a huge benefit for anyone with asthma or allergies.
- Nest Thermostat (3rd Generation)
For those with central A/C (which the majority of people do have), the smart Nest learning thermostat is a crucial component to saving energy. It’s another Energy Star product—the first thermostat to actually be one. The thermostat’s “learning” feature allows it to learn your desired temperature settings throughout the day. For instance, it can learn to turn things up or down depending on if you are going to bed or getting up in the morning. The Nest thermostat can also sense when you’ve left the house, putting itself in a home/away assist mode to help you conserve additional energy. While you are away, you also have the ability to remotely adjust your home temperature with the Nest app. You can check how energy efficient you are being anytime you want with the Nest Leaf feature, which can also recommends what temperature to set things to for optimal energy efficiency. This product works in unison to other smart home automation devices as well as smart home security systems in various cities.
MySmartBlinds Automation Kit + Solar Panel
How much sun your home gets directly impacts your home heat. And the hotter the home, the harder you’re A/C unit has to work to cool things. With that said, up to 45% of heat coming in can be reduced by simply adjusting or closing a window blind (according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy). The MySmartBlinds Automation Kit + Solar Panel let’s you automate the ability to adjust your window blinds. So you can program when you want your blinds to tilt, open and close throughout the day. It features a useful sun-tracking component, which allows things to adapt to longer and shorter days of the year, depending on the season.
Some simple modification to your home and lifestyle can get you right on track to cutting down on wasted energy. Being eco-friendly can be an easy and even a “techie” experience with these practical products.