The 2017 edition of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off in Las Vegas, with thousands of exhibitors expected to showcase the best of augmented reality, 3D printing, drones, gaming, wearables, smart homes, and numerous other product categories.
This year, CES organizers continue to promote green initiatives by striving to make the event and the community at large more energy efficient through the CES Green Guide. CES will showcase products and services from green companies, which will help underline the importance of a greener and a more energy-efficient world.
Outside the CES, energy efficiency continues to be an important issue for authorities and home owners. Sources of non-renewable energy are dwindling, which drives the cost of energy north.
Luckily for homeowners, there are tons of tools that can be used around the house to save energy, which will help cut energy costs and reduce any negative impact on the environment. Check out this collection of some of the best tools for making your home greener and more energy efficient.
Some of these tools and products will likely make an appearance at CES 2017, so keep an eye out for them too.
1. Energy-saving Apps
Apps are real lifesavers. They make life at home, work, and in school easier by transferring most of the functions on a PC to our hands. Energy saving apps can be used at home to help save energy by either regulating electronics or by helping homeowners make smart decisions regarding energy consumption around the house.
One of the best examples of energy saving apps is Homeselfe, an all-round energy management application that enables homeowners to carry out audits and generate energy-use reports. Another app, Wiser Home, enables users to keep track of different electrical devices, including thermostats and inform users on the best energy-saving habits for energy efficiency.
Others include Kill-Ur-Watts (fancy name, but a real energy-saver) and CodeGreen Energy.
2. Smart Devices
Smart homes will feature prominently in the CES this year. The idea of a smart home is becoming popular partly because of the growth of the IoT, with many devices (or “things”) at home becoming interconnected via the internet. Smart devices and appliances at home can also help save energy and reduce your energy bill.
For instance, smart thermostats can link up to internet servers for weather reports and automatically adjust the temperature in your home accordingly. They can also detect the presence of a person within the house and adjust the temperature accordingly, which helps cut down on unnecessary energy use.
The Nest thermostat is a good example of smart thermostats.
Apart from thermostats, you can also use smart HVAC systems and electrical appliances that smartly regulate the amount of voltage that comes through from electrical sockets.
3. Thermal Imaging Cameras
Thermal imaging cameras have been around for quite some time. A majority of them were used commercially and almost exclusively by law enforcement agencies, automakers, and health workers. However, with prices coming down on most of these devices and the development of smaller and better-looking thermal cameras, they are becoming more popular among individuals.
Homeowners can use thermal imaging cameras to identify inefficiencies with the HVAC system that are causing energy loss within the house. Additionally, thermal imaging cameras can be used to conduct energy-use audits around the house. With American homes spending about 41% of their bills on heating alone, these audits can help cut costs and make the house energy efficient.
The Seek CompactPRO is a miniature thermal camera that can be fixed on a smartphone, turning your device into a complete and affordable thermal imaging device.
4. Energy-efficient Bulbs
In the United States, the average home uses about 47 bulbs to light up the home. Energy-sucking incandescent light bulbs are still in use by many American homes, even after the government mandated homeowners to switch to energy-saving LED indoor lamps.
LED light bulbs consume about 9.5 Watts compared to the 60 Watts gobbled up by incandescent light bulbs, which represents massive energy savings.
You don’t have to picket outside energy summits to be an eco-warrior or friend of the environment. These tools offer simple and often cost-effective ways of reducing your carbon footprint while letting you save on your monthly energy bill.
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