Heating, cooling, electricity, water usage – all of this can add up, especially if you live in the desert. If you want to make your home more environmentally and financially friendly but don’t know where to start, look no further. Technology is here to the rescue! Here are some gadgets, apps, and hacks that can reduce your utility bills and make your home greener.
Use Less Water While Showering. Taking a shower with a standard showerhead can use up to five gallons of water per minute. Installing a smart shower head can cut down on your water usage significantly. Showerheads like the EvaDrop monitor your water usage and temperature. Once the water reaches your desired temperature, the device cuts off the water flow until it senses you are under the showerhead. It also uses technology to change the flow depending on if you are rinsing or not.
Control your home’s temperature. By tracking your behavior and movement, smart thermostats can adjust your home to the perfect temperature. You can also manually control it via smartphone or tablet. Some brands that offer smart thermostats are NEST, Ecobee, Lyric, and Honeywell.
Go solar. Make an investment and install solar panels on your roof. Solar panels convert energy absorbed from the sun and turns it into electricity for your home. These 6 x 10 panels are a great step to take when going green because they don’t use fossil fuels and they don’t add anymore greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
Get the app. There are many apps you can purchase on your phone to help you stay green. Some gadgets have an app included in their products. For example, the Ego Smart Socket. This wi-fi dependent device monitors your appliances, and through the app you can see which appliances are still on. You can even turn them on or off from your phone.
Try any one of these ideas and see how it makes a difference in your home.
Contact ELA Home Repairs for with your installation or repair needs at 800-368-PROS (7767).