We are now in 2020, and technology is and will continue to aid us in our day to day life. Let’s face it, we don’t need to make life harder for ourselves by ignoring all the advancements in our society. Utility bills are a pain, so why not start embracing technology and be more efficient with the energy you’re using at home? On average, U.S. homeowners spend over $110 a month on electricity, over $72 on natural gas, and more than $70 on water. (Source: https://www.move.org/utility-bills-101/)
Here are our top 5 recommendations on technology that you should fully embrace to leave your wallet a little bigger this year!
1. Home Energy Monitors: Getting the electricity bill every month is your utility’s way of telling you how much electricity you used, but you can be caught off guard by how expensive it is, especially during months of extreme heat or cold weather. Using a home energy monitor like EnergyCloud will enable you track your home’s electricity usage in real-time and get information about how much various appliances are using in your home. Having this up-to-date information will allow you to understand where and when you are using electricity and allow you to make adjustments before the bill arrives.
Independent research has shown that by knowing how much electricity your home is using in real-time with appliance level data, you can save you up to 15% of your electricity bill within the first month. Based on the household average, that can add up to almost $200 per year.
What makes the EnergyCloud unique is its simple, cost effective and accurate do-it-yourself installation. Set it up in less than 30 minutes, no wiring required.
2. Smart Power Strips: Growing up, I was always told to turn off the television or computer before leaving the room. Even though I’m really good at making sure electronics are off, most plugged-in devices use standby electricity, commonly referred to as “vampire power”. It doesn’t matter if your phone or laptop is fully charged, they are still using electricity if they are plugged in. The beauty of smart power strips is that you can turn the electricity off without having to unplug anything with just one click.
3. Energy Star Appliances: How often are you using your appliances at home? Appliances like central air conditioners, heat pumps, clothes dryers, pool pumps, space heaters and refrigerators consume the most electricity. Why not consider upgrading some of your older appliances to EnergyStar certified units and spend less on your utility bills while getting incredible appliances? We highly recommend looking for Energy Star certified products as they are reviewed by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and must surpass energy efficiency standards. https://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances
4. Energy-Efficient Windows: Windows, especially older ones, are an easy way to lose hot or cold air from your home and can cost you a lot from all the unnecessary energy you are using. An average home loses 25-30% of its heating and cooling energy through old or unproperly sealed windows. Even if you can’t upgrade your windows, fixing cracks and insulating your windows can help you prevent any extra air from leaking out to the outdoors. (Source: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/design/windows-doors-and-skylights/update-or-replace-windows)
5. Smart Thermostats: We spend so much money on heating and cooling our homes, the last thing we need is to waste it when no one is home. The beauty of a smart thermostat is that you never have to worry about tuning your home’s temperature if your kids left the house, if you’re leaving for the weekend, or if you’re just going to work. According to Edison Electric Institute, every degree above 68° F can add 3 percent to the amount of energy needed for heating. Be comfortable in your home with the right temperature and don’t stress again for leaving the heat or AC on in your house while you’re out.