With all of the time that people have been spending at home over the last year and will likely continue to spend at home for at least the next while, it makes sense to look for ways that you can conserve both resources and money while you’re there. Luckily, there is plenty of tech available to help you in doing so.
To show you how this can easily be done, here are three home tech updates to make your family more environmentally friendly.
Use Smart Lighting Options
Since more people are spending more hours at home, that means they’re also using a lot more energy at home, too.
To combat this, Rachel Brougham, a contributor to the Family Handyman, advises that you find ways to reduce your electricity usage by installing smart lighting options. By switching out your current light bulbs to smart LED light bulbs, you’ll be using about 75 percent less energy. Also, with smart light bulbs, you can connect then to the Internet and then control them via your own Internet-connecting devices. This means no more wondering if you turned off the lights before you left on your walk. And because LED lights last about 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs, you won’t need to replace them for quite a while.
Smart Outdoor Water Usage
It’s not only inside of your home that you can make some tech upgrades to reduce your carbon footprint.
In addition to doing more low-tech things like composting your food scraps and brown matter, you can also be smarter about your usage of water outdoors by installing a smart irrigation system. According to Andrea Harvey, a contributor to SafeWise.com, smart irrigation systems are about to detect the weather in your area and then adjust your irrigation needs based on what the environment is naturally providing. This can help to reduce how much fresh water you’re using in your landscaping.
Keep Your Home Comfortable With A Smart Thermostat
As the temperatures around the world continue to swing very high and very low, you can make a tech update to your home that helps you to save energy and remain comfortable despite what’s going on outside.
To do this, Daniel Wroclawski, a contributor to Consumer Reports, recommends that you swap out your current thermostat for a smart thermostat. In many cases, this is something that you can easily do on your own. So with just a little financial investment and some quick online research, you can use less energy to heat and cool your home as well as easily make temperature adjustments based on who’s home or your daily routines.
If you’re wanting to update your home with some new tech to help you be more environmentally friendly, consider using the tips mentioned above to achieve this goal.