With UK business bills rising and the ever-present threat of global warming, it’s now more important than ever to become energy-aware and look at ways in which you can go about reducing your carbon footprint.
We’ve pulled together some of the most well-known gadgets to help you to monitor and manage your energy output, for simple and efficient ways to help both your pocket and the environment.
Smart thermostats allow you to change the energy settings of your house from a remote location, making it easier to manage your energy whilst on the move.
These little gadgets sit on top of a water-filled radiator and suck up lost heat from behind it using a small fan. The fan then circulates the warm air around the room, allowing you to turn down your thermostat by as much as three degrees celsius.
Energy Management Systems
These are systems that allow you to control your home or office’s energy usage via remote control. Whether through an app on your smartphone or another kind of remote device, you can ensure lights and appliances are off, as well as making sure your house is warm and comfortable for when you get home.
LED light bulbs offer the brightest light safely and for the least amount of money. Halogen and compact fluorescent lights haven’t been as readily accepted by consumers due to the poorer quality of the light, and worries about the mercury in fluorescent bulbs not being safe.
Energy Star Appliances
Energy Star certified products are appliances that offer significant savings in operation, often saving you enough money to pay for the appliance in just a few months. From washing machines to fridges to microwaves, make sure you check for the Energy Star.
A major cause of energy waste around the home is power that is used up from electronics that are plugged in but not turned on, sucking as much as 8% of a home’s power for nothing. Charging stations will automatically turn off and stop power leaks such as these when phones or Mp3 players are fully charged.
Smart Power Strips
Smart power strips are another clever way to avoid power leaks. Instead of going around your house unplugging appliances every night, consider a smart power strip which cuts the power of anything plugged into it.
The gadgets above vary in price, but easily pay for themselves in the long run. It may be possible to get your landlord to agree to deduct the price of some of these items from your rent bill, as this is an easy way for them to upgrade the property at little expense.
Overall, gadgets such as these should be considered a wise investment in the future of your home, and the planet.