Even as appliances get more complicated, many are also making strides in energy efficiency. Your home likely “spends” most of its electricity on heat and air conditioning, and after that, large appliances like refrigerators, washers, dryers, and water heaters tend to suck up the most power. When you have the opportunity to replace an aging appliance, check for the smart energy options available today through which you’ll often save money over the life of the appliance as well as make less of an impact on the world around you!
Smart Water Heater
One smart device turns any tank water heater into a more energy efficient appliance. An example is Aquanta, which attaches to your water heater, learns when you use hot water, and has it ready for you. The device also turns your hot water heater off when you don’t need it, avoiding wasting energy to keep water hot for hours while you’re away from home. Unexpectedly need hot water at 3 p.m.? Use the Aquanta app to manually control your hot water heater and you’ll be ready.
Energy Efficient Refrigerator
Some smart appliances focus on more than just energy efficiency. While the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator earns an Energy Star rating, you’ll probably be more impressed with its ability to play your Pandora tunes, manage your grocery list, and show the family calendar on its touchscreen.
Many office environments have relied on motion switches for years, and now many products are available for the home. No more yelling at the kids to turn off the lights when they leave a room! The Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion is an excellent option for dipping your toe into home lighting automation.
Solar Panels have recently picked up in popularity over the past few years. With rebates, tax credits, and energy subsidies, harnessing the sun’s energy is more affordable now than before. This works by having solar panels built on the roof to channel the sun’s rays into energy. Not only does solar panels help reduce your electric bill, but they increase the value of your home, help to improve the environment, and help to improve your air quality. With some companies offering $0 down and financing, solar panels are a green technology worth considering.
Last on our list is a smart thermostat. If you haven’t made the switch yet, this is an easy and relatively cheap green technology to start with. Most smart thermostats will help to reduce your home heating/cooling costs, due to their scheduling feature which adjusts the temperature through smart programming. Programmable, or smart thermostats, allow you to set a schedule for when the heat/AC turn on. Some of the higher end smart thermostats can even “learn” your habits and automatically adjust the temperature to your preferences without you having to program it. The adjusts the use of your heating/cooling units to operate more efficiently, thus lowering your energy bills.
With these green technologies, come a layer of complexity over the traditional household appliances. Fortunately, there are services that can help to overcome these complexities. Soluto by Asurion offers a simple one stop to a friendly, knowledgeable person who is fluent in any technology. The Soluto experts are trained to guide you through set-up to troubleshooting with any technology. Find out more about how Soluto can help you with your green technology.