Is eco-friendly technology really all that important? Well, when you consider that the U.S. population uses up 25 percent of the world’s resources and produces 258 million tons of waste, half of which winds up sitting in a landfill, it’s easy to say that going green is pretty important. It slows the progress and effects of global warming and pollution, creates clean energy, and creates an overall lifestyle and mindset that is conducive to a cleaner and happier planet. If you’re looking to incorporate some green tech into your home, the following are some great ways to start:
One of the biggest reasons homeowners switch to a smart thermostat is for the savings on their pricey energy bill, but a smart thermostat helps the environment, too. A smart thermostat is able to learn your temperature setting preferences and general routine over time, and automatically adjust your temps throughout the day. “This allows them to reduce energy consumption at peak times of the day, lower electricity bills, and reduce carbon emissions into the environment,” Climesense explains. There are plenty of smart thermostats on the market such as the Nest, Honeywell, and Ecobee, so your decision ultimately lies in their reviews and your budget.
Who knew that the way in which you choose to stream your favorite shows and movies could be helping the planet? According to research by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), streaming devices use between 2.3 and 3.3 watts of power, which is 10 times less than a traditional DVR system. By switching from your regular cable box to a streaming device, you can save energy as well as reduce power plant pollution, not to mention you can save money by lowering your cable/satellite bills. You’ll also benefit from having a much smaller device that you can take with you and use pretty much anywhere, unlike a DVR box.
Energy Star Appliances
Have you ever thought about how much your daily appliances cost you? A 300-watt dishwasher averages 34 cents per month, the coffee maker runs you a monthly bill of 60 to 85 cents, and your refrigerator comes in the highest at $5.90 a month. Sure, they’re small amounts, but they add up when you consider the annual cost. If you want a clearer picture of your energy cost, use an appliance energy cost calculator. It factors in your average daily kilowatt hours (KWH) for any given appliance as we well as the cost per KWH set by your electric company. There are ways to lower costs, increase savings, and save energy, one of which is with Energy Star appliances. Your washer and dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, and other appliances can be made more energy-efficient if you replace them with certified Energy Star appliances..
Change the Toilet Game
What’s something you use every day, multiple times a day? The average toilet uses 1.6 gallons per flush, which adds up to a lot of water when you consider your household size and the number of times you go. Switching to a high-efficiency toilet could lower that number to 1.28 gallons, but that will require a new toilet completely. Another water-saving option to consider is a dual flush toilet. By installing a valve in your current toilet, you only use about 1.6 gallons for solid waste and 0.8 for liquid waste, reducing your overall water usage by as much as 30 percent. In addition, make sure you educate yourself and your household on what items not to flush to cut down on the objects that end up in sewage plants and ultimately make their way to rivers, lakes, and wildlife. Some of the common culprits include wipes, medication, paper towels, and feminine products. Just like we all strive to lead a healthy lifestyle, a green lifestyle should be an important goal as well. Make that goal a reality by incorporating some eco-friendly technology in your home. Not only are you saving the planet, but you’ll also save money in the form of major energy savings. It’s a win-win!
Article by Ginger Reid, Our Precious Resources.org