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The top five energy efficient products for homes in 2020

08 May 2020
Maria

Maria

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As we all do our part to lower our energy consumption, we need to figure out the best hacks to lower our power bills. There are several ways you can change how you use energy in your home - including replacing less efficient appliances with more efficient options that have higher energy ratings, and doing more things by hand when you can.

There are also changes to your home you can try that let you just lie back and relax while you save on your power bill. With winter on our doorsteps, reducing your energy usage during this chilly period is crucial to ensuring you don’t get bill shock.

Check out these energy-efficient products that will help you save on every bill.

LED bulbs

LED (or Light Emitting Diode) bulbs have been one of the most popular energy-efficient products for a while now, but there are still some of us that are holding out against them.

One of the big reasons people are hesitant to switch to LED bulbs is that they have a higher initial cost than traditional coil bulbs. In the long run, the difference is minimal and you’ll more than make it up over the life of the bulb.

LED bulbs use less power than traditional bulbs and last longer! Another reason people are against LED bulbs is because of their colder colour - they are known for whiter whites which feel colder than the warm, yellow whites of coil bulbs. But LEDs have come a long way and are available in a range of shades and tones now. You can even get bulbs that sync with your phone so you can switch the bulb colour to any colour you like (blue, red, purple, green).

If you’re not sure how to have an energy-efficient home and which energy-saving products for your home you should start with, LED bulbs are always a good choice and one of the easiest types of energy conservation devices to try out.

LED bulbs will save you power and money in the long run and they’ll only bring positive effects to your day-to-day life.

Nest Thermostat
Image Credit: Nest

Smart thermostats

If controlling your lighting from your phone appeals to you, consider controlling the temperature for your entire home from your phone. Heating and cooling are some of the most power-hungry luxuries we enjoy, so finding ways to save on power with home regulation should be high on everyone’s list.

A smart thermostat is one of the best appliances that help you save energy, while also making you feel totally in control.

Smart thermostats connect to your Wi-Fi and automatically adjust the temperature of your home to maintain an optimal environment.

The manual adjustment of traditional heating and cooling means we often struggle to find that Goldilocks, just-right temperature. A smart thermostat can find that temperature without our meddling and end up saving us power and money with our energy plans.

They can also warm your house up or cool it down when you’re on the way home, which prevents you from leaving the A/C on when you’re not in the house. Not to mention it can regulate the temperature when you’re asleep, yet another way to save on your power bill.

Smart doors

Not the most tech-savvy addition to your energy efficient home, but if you want to save on your power bill, you might want to add more doors to your home or reseal the existing ones. They’re secretly one of the best energy saving tools available. Heating and cooling cost a lot of power, but you can change the outcome of that.

It will always cost more to heat a home with open archways than a home with sealed doors. All the smart home energy devices in the world won’t protect you from the power costs of heating a draughty house.

Thick doors will contain your freshly heated or freshly cooled air to the room you’re in. There’s no point in warming up the spare bedroom if no one’s in it. If you don’t want to close off your home with more doors, just reseal and reinforce the ones you have to contain your thermoregulated atmosphere.

Automated lights

You don’t need the heating on when you’re not at home or asleep, and you don’t need your lights on either. LED bulbs are just the beginning of saving power when it comes to your lighting.

Automated smart lighting systems can be operated from your smartphone or tablet devices. Ensure you remembered to turn off the downstairs light from the comfort of your bed!

These systems can dim the lights for you to save power when you only need a little lighting, they can turn the lights off if you leave the house and accidentally leave the lights on, and they can be activated by motion sensors so you don’t bump into the coffee table on your way in at night. Your lights are only on when you need them, which will save you power and money.

Smart glass

Smart windows are clever energy saving devices for the home that you won’t even notice until you use them. They can act as blinds during the summer but let all that warm sunlight in during the winter. This functionality can be switched on and off whenever you like, which will help you save on heating and cooling costs. When darkened, this glass can block out 80% of the sun’s light!

It gets better though! Smart windows use solar power to do all of this, which means even more savings on your power bill.

Understandably, most people look at smart glass and wonder, do energy saving devices really work, but they do! And they have a positive impact on your life too. If you’re interested in more smart home products and are looking to build your very own smart home, check out our guide on getting started with home automation.

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5 Ways to Reduce Winter Energy Usage

10 May 2020

Many of us watch our energy bills creep up during the peak of winter, but a warm home doesn’t have to go hand in hand with a massive power bill. These energy saving tips will help you discover how to save electricity in winter. Try our seasonal winter home energy saving tips and keep your energy bill manageable.

1. Stay old school, where possible

Being able to walk around your home without having to wear a lot of layers or carry a blanket is a wonderful luxury in winter. However, there’s a certain vintage charm to getting warm under a heavy blanket while the air outside your cosy blanket haven is still chilly.

Keeping things old school as much as you can, pulling out thermals, putting on socks, and cuddling up for warmth during a Netflix session, are some of our favourite power saving tips for winter.

Smart Home Devices

2. Go smart

Not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about how to lower an electricity bill in winter, but smart devices can help you save heaps when it comes to your power bill.

If you use household heating, a programmable smart thermostat can save households up to $180 per year in heating and cooling costs, according to Energy Star. Some of these smart home devices can even be operated from smartphones, for when you just don’t want to leave the warmth of your blanket.

Who would have thought having an awesome home automation setup would bring your energy bill down!

Standby Power

3. Upgrade to energy efficient appliances

Just like choosing smart devices to save power, you can upgrade to energy-efficient appliances to save power too.

In Australia, most household appliances are rated according to their energy efficiency. Since efficient appliances use less electricity, they’re way cheaper to run. Of course, you don’t need to toss out your washing machine, dryer, fridge, microwave, and kettle just to save electricity in winter.

If you have an appliance that’s costing you a lot to run, it might actually save you money in the long run to buy a new, more efficient replacement.

Look up the energy ratings for all your big appliances (and small ones too if you can) and find any that could do with replacing.

4. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs

Energy-efficient bulbs are a no-brainer when it comes to ways to save money on electricity in winter. In fact, you should use these bulbs throughout the year to keep your electricity bill down, no matter the season.

These efficient bulbs use less power to produce the same amount of light. They also last longer than traditional bulbs.

If you feel like splurging, check out smart bulbs, they can be controlled by your phone as well as being energy efficient, neat! The savings from swapping these bulbs alone aren't massive, but every little bit adds up when you know you’ll spend more power heating your home in winter.

5. Build up the washing pile

There’s no point in chucking on two jumpers and a pair of jeans into the washing machine during winter, how dirty could they really be? Before doing a load of washing or drying make sure you have a full basket.

It’s no secret that the washing machine and dryer chew up the most electricity in your house. Don’t let the chilly season increase your wash load because of the more layers of clothing being added to the basket.

Follow these simple tips on how to save electricity in winter and you should hopefully see some great results during the cold season.

Reducing your energy usage all year long will help you get in the mindset before June even comes around or if you want to be even more prepared for when summer rolls around.

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