20 Energy-Saving Ways to Turn Your Home Into a Smarter Home
Philips Dimmable 60-Watt LED Light Bulb
Upfront, these bulbs may sell for slightly more than an incandescent, but switching LED lighting can also lead to significant long-term savings. This Philips LED, with the warm glow dimming effect, even has an estimated lifetime of 15,000 hours (no need to change bulbs every few months!).
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60W Great Value LED Light Bulb
Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch
Anker Port Power Strip and Surge Protector
Many devices and appliances drain energy even when not in use—this is known as standby power or “vampire loads”. By opting for an energy-efficient power strip, you can help keep energy from being wasted when devices aren’t in use, saving you about $100 a year! However, be sure to not overload your power strips either as this can be dangerous.
Tessan Direct Power Strip
Perfect for desktop electronics with its anti-slip bottom and 5-foot cord, this sleek power strip allows you to hook up all your gadgets with three handy outlets and three USB charging ports.
WiOn Indoor Programmable Outlet
Smart plugs can be used to control lights and appliances remotely, taking care of the worry that you left the bathroom light on before leaving for work. Smart plugs are an inexpensive option to make your home a smarter one. This 15-amp WiOn outlet operates using a free app on both iPhones and Android phones.
Geeni Smart Plug
The Geeni smart plug hooks up to your existing Wi-Fi network and can be controlled using a free app or voice activation using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Microsoft Cortana.
ecobee4 Smart Thermostat
With smart thermostats, consumers can see a breakdown of energy consumed by heating and cooling their home. Switch to an ecobee and you could save up to 23 percent in heating and cooling costs each year! The ecobee4 smart thermostat comes programmed with Amazon Alexa and can be adjusted using a free app on iPhone or Android.
Nest Smart Thermostat
Avanti Built-In Top Freezer Refrigerator
Samsung High-Efficiency FlexWash Washer
Samsung Counter Top Microwave
The average microwave is only used about 70 hours per year. The rest of the time, the appliance sits idly, draining up to 35 kilowatts per hour. A microwave with an energy-efficient setting like this Samsung model can help decrease the amount of energy wasted. Paired with a power strip, the energy savings are even greater.
Sense Home Energy Monitor
Energy monitors sync to a home’s electricity meter to track the amount of energy a home uses. This information can be used to determine how a home can be made more energy efficient. The Sense Home Energy Monitor provides a breakdown of a home’s energy usage via a free app.
Neurio Home Energy Monitor
Some home energy monitors, like this Neurio model, can provide a prediction of what your utility bill will look like. The Neurio Home Energy Monitor, which is compatible with any breaker panel, can help reduce energy costs by up to 20 percent and provides real-time information on where energy is being used in your home.
Flo Leak Detection System
Did you know the average cost of water damage repairs can cost you nearly $3,000? Water monitors and leak detection systems can help find the leak at its source the second it starts, saving thousands of dollars and avoiding weekends spend tearing up flooring and replacing drywall. The Flo Leak Detection System can be controlled remotely via smartphone app and can help prevent significant water waste.
Kenmore Natural Gas Water Heater
Water heaters are the second-highest energy users in the home, according to the Department of Energy. By switching to an Energy Star-certified model, you can save up to $3500 over the water heater’s lifetime. This Kenmore heater is insulated with foam, upping its energy-efficiency. Paired with this Kenmore Smart Electric Water Heater Module, you can further monitor your usage to keep energy consumption at a minimum, savings at a maximum.
Energy Cost Calculator App
Kenmore 77110 Window Air Conditioner
Energy Star certified air conditioning units use an average of 9 percent less energy and cost about $70 per year to run. The efficiency of your air conditioning unit depends on the size of the space that will be cooled and the cooling capacity of the unit you purchase. To determine the capacity needed for your home, click here.