You may have heard about all the advances in home automation that are on their way. With smart thermostats, voice assistants, and connected light bulbs – your home is set to become a more efficient place than ever before.
But what if you want to make changes today?
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make your home smarter and more energy-efficient! In this post we’ll explore 10 different ideas for improving the efficiency of your home environment while keeping it modern and stylish.
1. Install a smart thermostat
Smart home improvements are energy-efficient and easy to use. Smart thermostats can make your home more efficient by heating or cooling it only when people are there and turning off the unit when no one is at home to save on energy costs.
Plus, some models have features like geo-fencing that allow you to remotely turn off the device if someone leaves their designated geo-fenced area.
2. Install a smart outlet system
Control your home electronics from anywhere.
This is great for managing energy consumption, as it prevents power surges and makes the most out of any time you might be using different appliances like an electric kettle or hair dryer on high heat.
3. Compile a list of appliances that are always on and invest in a smart power strip
A connected power strip allows you to remotely turn off any appliance, which means no more foregone food spoiling when your oven (or other device) is accidentally left turned on!
4. Get an energy audit of your home
If you’re not sure about the efficiency of your home, then a professional can come in to conduct an audit and make recommendations.
5. Install smart light bulbs that are connected or have timers on them
By using these kinds of lights you’ll never forget to turn the switch off again as they will automatically shut themselves down after being left on for too long!
And when it comes time for bedtime, you can set a timer to have the lights shut off at a certain time.
6. Caulk and weatherstrip doors or windows that are leaking air in or out of your home
This is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve energy efficiency as it prevents drafts from entering and exiting which can lead to higher utility bills.
7. Invest in a programmable thermostat or smart fan to keep your home at the perfect temperature and circulate air better, respectively
A programmable thermostat can make it so that you’re not wasting energy heating up an entire house for just one person, while a smart fan is great for cooling down rooms when they get too warm.
8. Install a smart water meter
To monitor how much water your home is using and when it’s being used at different times of the day. This can help you lower monthly bills by monitoring usage during peak hours, which are typically daytime on weekdays for most homes.
9. Get an electric car or install a charging station
We know this isn’t a part of the home but it’s a smart and economical idea if you’re looking for energy-saving tips. It is a big investment, but it will really help you save money in the long run.
10. Install LED lights or replace your light bulbs with energy efficient versions (like LEDs)
LED lights use less power and are more durable than traditional incandescent ones. Plus, they’re usually brighter too!
You don’t have to be a tech genius or an all-around handyman to make your home smart and energy efficient. We’ve compiled 10 of the easiest ways you can start making changes that will save you money on utilities, while also helping contribute towards fighting climate change!
What are some other simple things you do around the house to keep it clean and green? Let us know in the comments below and we might feature them in our next blog post!