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5 Small Gadgets That Will Make a Big Difference in Your Home

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The push to be eco-friendly and go green is proving to be much more than just a trend. You’re probably looking for new ways to make your home more eco-friendly and save money on your energy bills in the process. If making a small change will make your life easier, save you money, and help the environment, why wouldn’t you go for it? Here are five little gadgets that will lead to big changes in your home and on your energy bills.

Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly

  1. A smart thermostat: Thermostats come in all shapes and sizes, and some are made to be more energy efficient that others. Most of them aren’t designed with energy saving in mind, but the nest thermostat is one of the few that makes it super easy to be eco-friendly. A lot of people who have programmable thermostats don’t use them or forget to adjust them to save energy after a while. However, a smart thermostat like this one programs itself by noticing your preferences as you adjust the temperature and after a few days it will adjust the temperature itself, matching your preferences and saving energy in the process.

  2. Improve your outlets: Using a powerstrip can save energy but only if you remember to turn it off when you’re not using it (which is honestly an easy thing to forget). If you want more control over the energy that’s flowing out of your power outlets, invest in a smart outlet called a Modlet. This outlet is programmable with the software it comes with and lets you schedule when to charge your phone or computer and see how much electricity is being used. Once it’s programmed you don’t have to worry about it, and this device alone can save around 10% on your energy bills.

  3. Charge your phone with solar power: Solar power is a topic on a lot of people’s minds, and you don’t have to invest in huge solar panels to benefit from this technology. There are a number of small solar powered chargers on the market and they’re both long lasting and pretty affordable. You have your phone charging every day and even that little bit of energy adds up, but with a solar charger you don’t have to rely on your outlets. A solar charger might just be your first step towards using more solar powered gadgets or even solar panels to power your home.

  4. Take more energy efficient showers: When you go to take a shower you probably don’t start using the water right away. While the water heats up you’re probably busying yourself brushing your teeth or something and it’s easy to let some warm water go to waste. Low flow showerheads are one step towards saving water but you can even go a step further by getting a showerhead from a company called Evolve. Their products use smart technology to turn the water once it warms up so that you aren’t wasting the hot water until you’re ready to use it, and the best part is that these gadgets only cost around $40 and can save you anywhere from $75 to $250 a year on your bills.

  5. Change your blinds: You’ve probably heard a lot about switching to more efficient lightbulbs, and while that’s a great way to cut down on energy use in your house you’re missing a much simpler solution. By switching to better blinds, you can let in more natural light and keep the overhead lights off during the day. There are plenty of benefits to using natural lighting that go far beyond saving money. Natural light brings out the colors in a room, it’s often easier on your eyes, and a lot of people notice that natural light improves their mood, while harsh fluorescent light can often feel draining and even go as fast as to cause headaches.

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