Pick up any newspaper these days and you will be greeted by headlines about the pressing issues of climate change, global warming, and depletion of natural resources. In addition to environmental concerns, energy costs are seemingly mounting by the day.
Fortunately, several home product development companies have been hard at work developing energy-efficient products that deliver high-quality services while meaningfully minimizing energy consumption. Let’s explore some of the simple changes you can make at home that will have a positive impact on your bank account.
Ductless Air Conditioning
With the impacts of global warming being felt in practically all corners of our world, a robust air conditioning system is no longer a desirable amenity but a standard piece of equipment. A ductless system is an important innovation in delivering targeted heating and cooling while saving you money.
With a ductless system, a unit in each room is connected to an outside condenser unit. This system allows for a thermostat for each space that is being heated or cooled, meaning that you can target your energy use to only the spaces you are actively using at any given time. The flexibility of the ductless system is another important feature, as add-on spaces or extensions can easily be serviced by a separate heating or cooling unit.
Programmable thermostats have been around for decades, allowing you to determine the heating and cooling temperatures in your home on a set schedule. A smart thermostat, however, is a little bit smarter than the traditional thermostat in that it goes a step beyond a timer to actually learn from your daily routine and heat or cool accordingly.
The smart thermostat offers increased energy efficiency by heating and cooling depending on your daily habits during the times you are home. You can control the thermostat from the unit or your phone, providing you with the flexibility to turn your air conditioning on, for example, in advance of your return home on a particularly warm day.
While a smart thermostat does have somewhat higher up-front costs, studies have shown that the system pays for itself with savings on monthly energy costs over time.
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There are a number of simple changes to water usage that homeowners can make to save more money on their bills. Running dishwashers and washing machines only when they are full minimizes water consumption and costs, as does turning off the water while brushing or shaving.
Water-saving showerheads offer another method to conserve water and thereby lower your costs. They provide an equal if not superior shower experience with a fraction of the water consumption. Installing showerheads, faucets, and toilets with products that have received the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense designation ensure high performance at a lower cost.
While the idea of home improvements can sometimes seem daunting, these small interventions we have outlined are easy on the wallet and your toolkit. There are a variety of small-scale changes that, when installed collectively, can make a meaningful impact for your community, world, and pocketbook.