Between school activities and busy work schedules, finding new ways to conserve energy may not be top of mind this fall. Here’s a look at some easy-to-use, energy- saving tech gadgets to help reduce energy costs any time of the year.
1. Outlet Timers & Smart Plugs
Think outlet timers are just for holiday lights? Think again. You can use them anytime inside your home to help reduce energy waste. They come in a variety of styles, ranging from simple plug-in units (think lights, coffee pots, TVs and stereos) to advanced digital systems with theft protection, auto wi-fi sensing and more.
2. Smart Thermostats
Talk about a small home improvement that leads big results! Smart thermostats have been on the market for a while, so there’s a wide variety to choose from. One of the biggest benefits is being able to manually adjust your home’s temperature from your smartphone, but some thermostats even generate energy reports so you can see what you saved.
3. Smart Appliances
Yes, modern refrigerators can play music and send you text messages. But “smart” appliances can be used for energy efficiency, too. Smart appliance features vary by brand. However, a few popular energy-efficient features include being able to remotely set appliances to low power modes, and opting to receive alerts when appliances require maintenance or when problems are detected.
4. Smart Power Strips
Traditional power strips are convenient, but many electronics keep drawing power even when you're not using them. This “phantom” power draining can add up fast! Smart power strips automatically shut down power to devices in standby mode – allowing you to keep your TVs, printers, DVD players and computers plugged in and handy without the energy drain. Some even include motion detectors to sense automatic power shutdowns when everyone leaves the room.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to stay energy efficient without investing in new technology. Check out our top 5 Back-To-School Energy Tips for September.