If you are ready to ramp up your home with the latest eco tools or you simply want to cut down on energy costs, these green gadgets could be just what you are looking for.
1. Eco chargers
It's no secret that many electronics still use energy when they are turned off. But what you may not know is that your cellphone and computer chargers use a constant supply of power, regardless of whether or not you are actually using them. If unplugging your charger every day is a hassle, an eco charger might be a good solution for you. Instead of using power all day and night, an eco charger turns itself off after a device is fully charged.
2. Smart sockets
If you are looking for a way to save energy, you might as well start by cutting unnecessary energy use. Smart sockets plug into standard outlets and cut power to devices that are in standby mode.
3. Programmable thermostats
Keeping your home at a constant temperature can be a lot of work for your heating and air conditioning systems. So why let it run when you're not at home? There are many types of programmable thermostats that can help you save energy. Some allow you to control your home temperature on your smart phone or computer. But the most high-tech models can learn your heating and cooling habits and follow them. For instance, if you are typically at work from 9-5, it won't cool or heat your empty house while you are gone. When it's time for you to be home, it will return your home to its normal temperature.
4. Energy monitors
If you are serious about cutting back on your energy use, consider purchasing an energy monitor. This type of device can show you which appliances in your home are using the most energy. They can even go as far as showing you how much you could save if you make changes to your energy use.
5. LED light bulbs
While the light bulb may no longer be an innovative gadget, LED lights would probably make Thomas Edison's jaw drop. LED bulbs use far less energy to create the same amount of light given off by an incandescent bulb. They also light up immediately after being turned on, don't flicker when dimmed and consume no power when turned off. An easy way to cut down on electricity use is by switching to these energy-efficient light bulbs. While LEDs may be more expensive up front, they use about 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and they last up to 25 times longer.
6. Solar panels
The sun is an infinite renewable resource, providing abundant energy to power your home. Solar panels allow you to harness that energy and use it for electricity. The cost of solar panels has dropped significantly over the past 20 years, making it a more affordable energy-saving option. In fact, with the savings you get on your energy bill, solar panels can eventually pay for themselves.