7 Energy Efficient Gadgets You Should Buy Right Now
Jan 06, 2017
Written by Ashley Leach

Hundreds of gadgets are designed to promote energy efficiency and are launched every year. By making small investments  and being aware of energy consumption you can increase your savings on monthly power usage and reduce the carbon footprint you make on the planet. Here are 7 energy efficient gadgets that will help you save!

Plugs and Switches

Do you leave your devices (i.e. cell phone chargers) plugged into outlets on a regular basis? If so, I bet you don’t realize how much energy you’re using. Check out  Belkin Conserve Socket Energy Saving Outlets they can serve as a way to shut off power to the devices when a certain time period of charging is met. This is perfect for plugs that you use regularly for charging devices like cell phones, tablets, and laptops. On a similar note, the Belkin WeMo Switch lets you tap into your home’s wireless network via a smartphone, so you can control A/C units, space heaters, TV’s, fans, lights, thermostats, and more from your Apple or Android device.

Lighting

Light bulb energy consumption can be regulated with the Hue Line. The Hue Line isa personal wireless lighting system with connected bulbs, which allow complete customization of your lighting plan depending on the time, brightness, and daily schedule. They can be programmed to give you alerts by turning off then on to remind you to go to a doctor’s appointment  or get on that weekly conference call. Thebrightness can be set according to light recipes that feature different light levels for reading, relaxation, cooking, TV viewing, or cleaning.

Windows

Since winters almost here you may want to think about the insulation around your windows. The RavenWindow can help increase your long term savings in both winter and summer with smart window technology that can control the amount of heat and light passing through, and even darken in tint on extremely bright days. The average savings per year is close to double that of a regular energy efficient window, and operate based on a programmable “transition temperature”.

Water Heaters 

Have you ever heard of Solar Water Heaters? They are a renewable source of energy that can cut down significantly on the amount of electricity needed to ensure you always have hot water for baths, showers, washing dishes and clothing, and so on. They can meet fifty to one hundred percent of your home’s water heating needs, even including swimming pools and floor heating systems.  You’ll never take a cold shower again!

Home Heating

By turning electromagnetic radiation into heat, Infrared Heating Panels can save up to seventy percent of your energy costs over traditional, convection heating methods. They don’t disturb dust, but what the Infrared Heating Panels do is create a gentle warmth similar to the sun’s rays, and don’t suck the moisture out of the air. You can also try  Air Source Heat Pump (also known as a reverse cycle are conditioner) that can transfer any available heat from outside of a building to the inside during colder months. Homes that feel colder inside than the temperature outside can benefit from this heating method without using the amount of energy necessary to run the central heating system.

All of these gadgets can help you lower your energy costs, and will pay for themselves over time. They may be more expensive upfront, but in the long run you’ll be rolling in the dough!

Ashley Leach

Ashley Leach is a freelance writer and digital content marketer with a background in journalism, digital reporting, and marketing for numerous industries. She's found her perfect fit at North American Power in writing about home maintenance and repairs, energy efficiency, and smart home technology.