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Out With the Old: Make Way for These New Tech Gadgets for Everyday Sustainable Living
We can all make small swaps to live greener every day, like using stainless straws instead of plastic or forgoing a straw altogether. These small changes may not seem to matter much, but when more people do them consistently, they make a major impact. The same can be said for how we use energy and water in our homes, and the latest technology is here to help. In fact, ThoughtCo explains how green technology is the way of the future for inventors and consumers.
Better Heating and Cooling
Heating and cooling systems make up a large portion of the energy we consume at home, and the worst part is that a good deal of that energy is wasted. This is why a smart thermostat like Nest is so helpful because it gives any member of the household the ability to adjust temperatures from an app, whether you’re at home or away. Plus, it actually learns your family’s desired temperature at different times and adjusts accordingly. The result is that your home stays more comfortable, while at the same time, you’re eliminating wasted energy.
Of course, the savings on your utility bills is an added bonus of making your heating and cooling more efficient. Another tip from The Green Age that helps with cost and energy-savings is the fact that electric heaters actually use more energy than central heating, especially when you use a smart thermostat to keep it regulated efficiently.
Reduce the Drain of Electronics
Along with your home’s major systems like heating and cooling, individual electric appliances suck up a good deal of energy as well. To reduce this impact, it helps to know just how much energy any particular appliance consumes. Simply being aware of energy use will help you find ways to cut back, such as running your dishwasher less or hanging clothes to dry.
Reducing consumption really is the best way to live more sustainably, but that doesn’t have to mean going without. Just as a smart thermostat reduces waste in heating and cooling, smart outlets and smart power strips can eliminate wasted energy from electronics. Smart outlets are little devices that plug into your regular outlets, transforming them into a smart hub for whatever electronics you use. Adding these to your home is a simple way to keep tabs on energy use and make sure electronics are never running when they aren’t in use.
Wake Up to Smart Lighting
Of course, smart outlets can be used for lighting, but there are other tech gadgets that can make your lighting even more efficient. For example, LED bulbs have become easier to find and more affordable, and they use much less energy than traditional bulbs. An even more sustainable option is to adopt smart lighting. Smart light bulbs give you more flexibility by allowing you to control them via an app on your phone or through your smart speaker. The concept with smart lighting is similar to other smart home devices: with easier control, there’s no need for lights to be left on when they aren’t being used. As an added benefit, smart lighting may even help improve your sleep and mental health.
Waste Less Water
Along with using less energy, don’t forget about conserving water to live greener. Technology helps make this easier as well. For example, new designs in water-saving showerheads lower the amount of water used while adding aeration, which makes it seem like the water flow is the same as usual. Another option, as you can probably guess since smart home technology has become so pervasive, is to purchase a smart shower.
Smart homes really are the way of the future, but thankfully, these devices are already here so we can start living greener now. Most of these gadgets are affordable too, so it doesn’t cost a lot to make smart upgrades. Each individual change may seem small, but like all small changes, they add up to a greater impact (and a lower carbon footprint).
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