Going green is much more than just a trend. It’s a lifestyle, and it’s one of the most important choices you can make. With new technology making its way to stores, there’s now an array of gadgets and appliances that can make any home more energy efficient.
Technology for an eco-friendly home
An eco-friendly home isn’t just beneficial for the planet. By installing efficient gadgets and appliances you’re sure to save money on energy and water bills, and you can even qualify for tax credits made through the end of 2013 certain energy-efficient home improvements.
Here are some of the top gadgets on the market today that will have your home running more efficiently and help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
1. USB cell batteries
Rechargeable batteries are an obvious choice when you’re trying to limit the amount of harmful waste your household produces. Now you can take rechargeable batteries to the next level with USB cell batteries. They work just like normal AAs, but instead of being powered by chemicals they’re simply charged through a USB port, making them safer and super easy to use.
The Kill-A-Watt is a gadget that acts as an extension on your outlets. It shows you how much power each appliance is using and how much money it’s costing you each year. When you see the actual numbers you’re much more likely to think twice about leaving something plugged in.
Home solar power has come a way.. The SolarRoll is a solar powered mat that you can use to charge your phone, your iPod– even your car battery.
4. Evolve shower head
With the Evolve shower head you can restrict water flow so that you’re using less water when you shower, but because of the design of the shower head you can’t even notice a difference.
5. Smart thermostats
There are tons of smart thermostats out there, and there’s sure to be one that fits any need and budget. Some use wifi to let you adjust the temperature in your home from anywhere in the world, so no more worrying that you left the heat on. Some even learn your preferences and adjust the temperature when you forget to.
If you have the chance to buy or build a new home with these eco-friendly tips in mind, be sure to talk to your Realtor or find an real estate agent online. They should have some ideas for added efficiency in the specific homes you’re looking at and help you compare properties based on eco-friendly features.