From saving the environment to saving money on electricity bills, it seems like everybody is hopping on the energy conservation bandwagon. Luckily, energy-saving products are in abundance these days, providing us with a variety of options to help us be more green–or to keep some more green in our pockets. The following gadgets have our mascot Wattson’s stamp of approval, and they’ll help you to start saving energy fast.
Wattson’s Top Energy-Saving Products for Connecticut Homeowners
1) Water Savers
Did you know that you can save as many as 3,000 gallons of water every year? What if we told you it’s as simple as turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth? Let’s face it– we’re all human, and even the best of us fall short in our conservation efforts at times. Try installing a faucet aerator or low-flow shower head. They’re inexpensive and easy to install, making them both simple fixes and effective tools in the battle against water waste.
LED lights are a better investment than their older incandescent bulbs. Did you know that you could save $100 a year on your energy bill by switching to LED bulbs? On top of that, you won’t have to think about replacing them for several years. Most of these bulbs can last up to 50,000 hours – 50 times longer than an incandescent bulb!
3) Smart Power Strips
Have you ever heard of phantom energy loss? Leaving your devices plugged in draws power from your outlets whether or not they are turned on, meaning you are spending energy and money to power things you aren’t even using. You could unplug every device when you’re not using it, but sometimes it’s just not practical to crawl behind your entertainment center to deal with a mess of wires every few hours.
There is something you can do to avoid phantom energy loss: purchase smart power strips. These power strips can cut power to certain devices based on the off/on status of another device. For example, if your TV is off, there’s no reason to power your DVD player or game console, so the strip cuts power for the devices that aren’t in use. On the other hand, if the TV is on, power is supplied to the other devices so that you may use them. You’ll start saving energy without spending all your time fighting with outlets and power cords.
4) Programmable Thermostats
Keeping your home at the perfect temperature is not always easy. You want it warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but it can be expensive to maintain that temperature all day long. So why spend the energy keeping a perfect climate if you’re not even there? With a programmable thermostat, your house can remain at a more moderate temperature when no one is home, but it can adjust so that it still feels right when you get there. You won’t have to sacrifice your comfort, but you’ll be paying a lot less.
5) ENERGY STAR Certified Appliances
If it’s time to replace your old washer, dryer, refrigerator, or other large appliance, consider looking for an ENERGY STAR rated model. These are big purchases, and spending more on an energy-efficient model might seem like a stretch. However, an appliance that uses less energy will save you money for years to come; you’ll feel the different both in your home and in your wallet.
Not sure where to start?
There’s no shortage of products out there to help you start saving energy, so much so that it can feel overwhelming. After all, some energy-saving products are more expensive upfront than their energy guzzling counterparts. When you schedule a home energy assessment with Energy Monster, an energy adviser will:
- Investigate how your home is losing energy or not using it efficiently.
- Recommend energy-saving measures and products.
- Provide you with up to 25 LED light bulbs, which can be installed for you.
- Put together a written recommendation for an energy-saving game plan tailored to your home and needs.
Schedule your home energy assessment to get started with energy savings today.Return to Blog