Energy: We need it all day, every day and without it, everything grinds to a halt. Yes, it’s electricity and it is the magical genie that makes our wishes come true, whether they be entertainment, work or socializing. However, we are so used to spending so much energy every day that we don’t even realize we could be saving it. Here’s how.
- AC misting – The AC unit will generally take in the hot air from the room, cycle it through its system of pipes, and blast it back out chilled. By mounting Mistbox, a special gadget that sprays a fine water mist at the mouth of the AC, you can cool the air significantly and reduce your power bill by up to 30%! The sweetest part is that Mistbox is eligible for the federal eco-friendly tax credit, meaning it costs only $315.
- Breaker box – Neurio is a nifty little gadget that connects to the breaker box in your home and monitors the energy consumption by all the different appliances. It connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and keeps you updated on which device used the most power and when. Costing $249, Neurio will pay itself off after just a couple months of providing you with the advertised 40% energy savings.
Water: Though 70% of our planet’s surface is covered with water, only around 3% of it is fresh, meaning that it is safe for human consumption. The rest has to go through the costly and laborious cleansing process in the water treatment plants. However, this isn’t what you would conclude if you observed how fresh water is being spent in our daily lives. Here are two ways to save water.
- RachioIro – This EPA-certified clever little helper is constantly on the watch and helps you water your lawn in the most efficient manner possible. It is Internet-ready and can even deter the spreading of flames if it detects fire in the vicinity.
- LED shower timer – Showers relax, soothe, and revitalize. But, they are also responsible for a massive chunk of monthly water expenditure. This passively powered gadget goes into the shower faucet and blinks red when you start to waste water.