New technology that learns our lifestyle needs or allows us to turn our energy consuming appliances off & on with our smartphone saves us a bundle – AND makes us ultra-cool while being warm & cozy all winter.
A programmable thermostat is easy to install and saves energy & and money by allowing you to automatically adjust temperature settings.
- Allows you to drop the temperature during the day when no one is home
- Have a comfortable environment ready when you arrive home from work
- Lower temperature at night for better sleeping
According to ENERGY STARÂ® a programmable thermostat can save as much as $150 a year in energy costs.
Want to buy one? See the 2015 Best Programmable Thermostats review.
- allows the thermostat to learn and program itself to adjust to your lifestyle and schedule and reduce your energy bills
- you can also control it with most smartphones, tablets and computers
- includes an auto-changeover function that switches between heating and cooling if necessary
- wirelessly connects to other devices via Wi-Fi like the Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector and Nest’s Dropcam IP security cameras to create a smart home ecosystem
- the smart home platform – Works With Nest – is also compatible with third-party products
Heating water is the second source of energy use in homes after space heating and cooling with standard electric water heaters costing $585 every year to operate.
One energy-efficient option is the 50-gallon GE GeoSpring Hybrid Electric Water Heater.
It can save the average household $365 every year (using 1514 kWh per year and national average electricity rate of 12 cents per kWh) compared to a 50-gallon standard electric water heater (using 4646 kWh per year) based on a test comparison.
GeoSpring also offers features such as vacation mode that lowers the water temperature during a holiday then reenergizes itself the day before your family returns home.
Interested in buying one? Check out rebates & incentives in your area and see this independent review that discusses true costs as well as the pro & cons.
GE Link Connected LED lights let you manage your lights away from home using an app on your smartphone. Great for parents who leave the house before their kids! They also come in handy if you’re away from home on holidays because you can turn specific lights on & off to give the appearance that someone is home.
If you replace a 60-watt incandescent light bulb with a 12-watt GE Link LED bulb, you would save $132 over the life of the bulb at an electricity rate of $0.11 per kWh.
Here is an independent review with demonstration of how it works with your smartphone to turn off or dim lights:
I love feeling “hip” using the latest technology – and I certainly love saving money! These are win/win on both accounts.