Kermit the Frog tells us that it’s not easy being green, but that thought is no longer true. More people turn to green technologies out of concern for the environment and their wallets. In response, an increasing number of tech and environmentally friendly companies keep developing gadgets that save energy and money. You don’t have to spend much money to turn your home into a green, energy-saving space — you simply have to make smart choices when you choose one or more of the following three smart gadgets you can install in your house.
A Breaker Box Sensor
Do you wonder where all your power goes? Have you thought about which appliances use the most energy in your home? Hack your breaker box — and no, the act is not as illegal as it sounds. Gadgets such as the Neurio sensor connect to the electrical system in your home and to an app, which you can download to your smartphone. The sensor itself connects to a Wi-Fi network and goes directly into your breaker box. To get this gadget, you’ll want to have a professional install it for you.
After installation, however, you can closely monitor where your power goes. As you keep up with the energy-draining appliances and adjust accordingly, you can reduce the power you use by as much as 40 percent.
A Geothermal Heat Pump
A geothermal heat pump presents you with a way to replace a heating and cooling system that is not an energy-efficient system. You can replace what you use now with a system that relies on what lies below the earth’s surface. A geothermal heat pump relies on the earth itself as a source for heating or cooling.
During the winter, the heat pump uses the earth’s constant temperature to bring heat inside your house to warm your home. During the summer, the geothermal pump uses the earth as a heat sink, pulling hot air out of the home and sinking that warm air into the ground.
Hot Water Tank Sensor
A smart sensor for your hot water tank saves money as well. Hot water tanks are responsible for a significant amount of the energy used in your home. In an effort to eliminate that problem, an increasing number of gadgets are available to help you control the heating temperature of your tank, monitor leaks, and keep an eye on water usage. Although you can change the temperature of the hot water directly on the tank itself, imagine the ease and convenience of adjusting the temperature by using your smartphone.
You don’t need to do too much to turn your home into a green haven, an eco-friendly paradise where you’re saving the environment and saving money as you relax in comfort. You can perform other simple tasks as well, such as starting your own compost pile and monitoring your shower time. What could you do to make your home greener this year?