Top Sustainable Technology for Reducing Your Home Utility Costs
by Clint LaCour
on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 at 8:22am.
When you want to take your utility bills and cut them down, you need the right technology. Many people don't realize how much money can be saved on utility bills simply by using sustainable technology within their home. We are all consumers, but we don't have to consume so much and we don't have to pay so much for what we consume.
Did you know that the average U.S. household uses 897 kilowatt-hours of electricity in one month? That comes out to about 10,766 kWh per year per household. If you could chop that number in half, would you do it? Here are some of the top sustainable technology choices for reducing your utility bill costs.
The best place to start is with a smart thermostat. Many of these thermostats are even compatible with Echo, Google Home and other home automation systems. Using a smart thermostat will help to decrease the amount of power you need for your heating and cooling. This is a huge help, as you won't waste energy you don't need.
Your smart thermostat can be programmed to work the way you want and make sure you're not wasting money cooling your home when you're not at home. You won't have to remember to adjust the thermostat before you leave and you won't have to deal with a hot house when you arrive home, either.
Adding motorized shades to your home can help to keep it cool during the summer. These shades can even be set up with your complete home automation system making it easy to keep the sun out when you don't want it in. You can also use these shades to help light up your home or warm it up, when necessary.
LIFX and Philips Hue are two of the best smart lights on the market. They can save you money through motion detection, remote access and programming. No longer will you have to worry about leaving lights on when you're not home.
These lights are also LEDs, which make them less costly to operate. You can operate LED light bulbs on just a few penning compared to incandescent lights, which are about 11 times more expensive.
Did you know that your appliances, TV, video game consoles and other devices may be using power even when you're not using them? If they are plugged in, you could be paying for power they consume without using the device at all. However, you can switch to a conservative surge protector and make sure you stop this power drain. When not in use, the right surge protector will put your devices in standby mode instead of letting them drain power.
From your fridge to your washing machine, switching to energy-efficient appliances can give you a big savings every year. An ENERGY STAR washing matching will use about 25% less electricity compared to a normal washing machine. This is an even bigger savings with an ENERGY STAR fridge!
High-Efficacy Faucet Aerator
While power is expensive, so is water. You can save a ton of water simply by installing a high-efficiency faucet aerator in your showers and on your taps. This will cut your water consumption in half because it adds air. You don't have to worry about losing pressure, either.
Smart Home Water Meter
Another smart device to help save you money is the smart home water meter. This device will show you how much you are using and you can adjust as needed.
Adding smart toilets to your home allows you to eliminate toilet paper waste and helps you keep your water consumption down. You will save between 20% and 60% of the water you use per toilet when you switch to a smart toilet.
While the sustainable technology above can help you cut your utility bills by 25% to 50%, adding solar power to your home is a great way to cut your bills. Some homeowners have completely cut out their entire electric bill and have been able to sell back extra power to the electric company. Solar power is a great way to ensure you always have power without the high electric bills you have to pay every month.
If you're looking to reduce your utility bills, using the right sustainable technology will make a huge difference. These are just some of the many choices you can add to your New Orleans home.