In most cases, it takes continuous effort on our part to reduce our carbon footprint. However, making smart choices when it comes to outfitting our homes is one way to significantly cut down on energy consumption in one sweep.
We already know about the positive effects of turning off and unplugging appliances, using energy efficient light bulbs, and properly insulating our homes. Beyond these energy saving strategies though, people assume that not much more can be done unless they are willing to get rid of most of their appliances and shift to energy efficient ones or maybe even transition to using solar panels, both of which is entail spending more money than the average person can.
The good news is that there are two relatively new devices that can help you save energy in the home without busting your budget – the Nest Learning Thermostat and SafePlug Electrical Receptacles. Their approach to energy savings is quite novel, game-changing even. As testament to these, they have both been awarded the CES 2012 Best of Innovations Award in their respective categories, which is in Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies and in Integrated Home Systems.
The CES website describes each in the following way:
Nest Learning Thermostat – “The world’s first learning thermostat learns your preferences, programs itself to keep you comfortable, and guides you to energy savings. It saves energy when you’re away and adjusts to your changing schedule.” Indeed, this is one innovative thermostat whose arrival no one really expected. The perfect example of a pleasant surprise, its actually one of my favourite newest gadget and something I can’t stop myself from raving about.
SafePlug Electrical Receptacles – “SafePlug receptacles can help reduce energy consumption by up to 30%. SafePlug electrical duplex receptacles solve the toughest problem in home automation, accurate control and energy monitoring even when appliances move to a different receptacle.” What’s great about the SafePlug receptacles is that it not only helps you save energy, but actually makes electrical outlets a lot safer even with small kids around; a feature any parent will appreciate.
These two devices will initially cost you a total of $318.95 ($249 for the Nest and $69.95 for the SafePlug Trial Kit), but will definitely save you more than that on your electric bill.