Smart lights

Decreasing the amount of energy spent on lighting your residence goes beyond remembering to turn the lights off.

Many homes still use archaic incandescent bulbs that waste 90% of its energy to heat, and a simple switch to smart bulbs could lead to a smaller carbon footprint and lower electric bills.

The Department of Energy estimates that 10% of the total energy used in homes across the U.S. is dedicated solely to lighting.

In addition to losing significantly less energy to heat, some efficient alternatives to incandescent bulbs can use up to 80% less energy while lasting 25 times longer.

Among these alternatives, LED smart bulbs stand out.

They are far more durable without the easily-broken mercury filaments of CFL bulbs, and have a lifetime of more than 22 years when used for 3 hours a day on average.

Besides their efficient use of energy, smart bulbs allow homeowners to dim or match the ambiance of a room by changing the color of the bulb from anywhere.

Smart thermostat

As the largest energy related expense for most homes, another area to consider when trying to lower your carbon footprint is reevaluating how you manage the temperature of your home.

According to the Department of Energy, 6% of a home’s entire income goes towards heating and cooling the home.

Heating and cooling efforts account for 48% of the total energy usage in a home.

Smart thermostats offer a modern take on heating and cooling your home. Programmable schedules allow homeowners to save on needless energy usage that comes with maintaining a consistent temperature in a home when at work or on vacation.

Decrease your energy usage up to 15% of electric savings

Some energy providers even offer rebates

Smart plugs

Despite the ease of being able to turn your appliances off from the comfort of your bed, smart plugs offer an energy-saving solution to vampire power and appliances that draw power for 24 hours a day.

Research has shown that American homes pay up to $150 a year on energy from electronic devices that are plugged in even when they aren’t used.

With smart plugs

  • Turn off devices from afar
  • Program rules and schedules
  • Send notifications about daily usage
  • Plug into traditional wall sockets