As we’re all trying to do our part in preserving natural resources and spending less money, considering some modern gadgets that help us be even greener is always a good idea. Companies from all over the world are doing their best to make appliances and gadgets that are consuming less energy and helping you save more and there have really been some major breakthroughs that have helped millions of people enjoy much greener alternatives.
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Generally speaking, new appliances are much more energy-efficient nowadays, but there are also some gadgets that are used to regulate the operation of older appliances and increase their efficiency. So, let’s take a look at some of the options available to those who wish to make their home more environmentally friendly.
These useful gadgets help us regulate the indoor temperature, which means they are very important when it comes to energy consumption. Some new models of thermostats learn your heating patterns and apply them even when you forget to set them manually. This is important since you might not be at home at certain times to regulate the heating and you could definitely use the assistance of a smart thermostat.
If you’re sick and tired of having to regularly buy and replace batteries in your remote controls and other gadgets, the Battery Wizard might the answer, since it’s supposed to recharge regular alkaline batteries up to ten times. Not only will you be spending less money buying new batteries, but you’ll also create much less of potentially toxic waste.
Among the most popular appliances, found in almost every home, are brilliantly useful washing machines. They are supposed to use much less water and energy to heat it than it’s the case with manual washing. Some latest models even use air bubbles to remove dirt and allow the machine to clean really well even at much lower temperatures. That way, you can reduce your electricity bill dramatically and contribute to environmental preservation by using less water.
The idea is as simple as it gets. You connect this green gadget to your computer and as soon as you’re finished working, press it. What it does is automatically go to sleep and save energy. When you want to get back to work, press the button and you’ll get information about how much energy has been saved.
All of us living in houses with a lawn are aware of the amount of water we use to keep our lawns green and alive. Luckily, people have been coming up with various solutions for using less water to get the same effect. One of them is a smart sprinkler system that can be connected to other smart gear. For instance, you can have it spraying water around the house in case of a fire in the home, so that your neighbors’ property is protected.
Smart water heaters
Needless to say, hot water heaters are one of the biggest consumers of energy in every home. Not only that, but they are often used in a very inefficient way or they themselves don’t allow much room for a more economical use. Luckily, some new products on the market seem to have solved those problems. Some smart devices use Wi-Fi to send out alerts to your mobile phone in case of a leak. The user can also use their handheld device to regulate the temperature remotely, which is great for those who are away a lot or who own a vacation home. They can simply send instructions to the heater to prepare enough hot water, so that weary traveler can enjoy a nice shower straight upon arrival.
These green gadgets are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the options available to help you save energy and money. Depending on your situation, you might benefit more from one or another, but the most important thing is that you’re aware of their existence and that you actually do something to make your everyday living greener.
By Tracey Clayton