When it comes to helping the environment, there are things everybody can do, both big and small, to make an impact. One of the best things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint (and save money) is by saving energy when you can.
Eco journalist Candice Batista highlights four gadgets that can help you do just that.
This device will reduce the amount of water you use in your garden. In the summer, we tend to over-water. This meter will actually tell you when your plants need to be tended to, which will overall reduce the amount of water you’re using (saving you money and consumption!)
Our homes indirectly burn a lot of fossil fuels. and this monitor is going to help you save about 8 percent on energy costs on average. It may not seem like a lot, but imagine if everyone in your neighbour did this, it would add up quickly. Here’s how it works: It sits right inside your electric panel and needs to be installed by an electrician. Once installed, it will give you info on how much energy is being used in your home and how much you could be saving. It connects via an app on your phone and gives you the information in real time. If you have energy guzzling devices, like a dishwasher, you’ll learn how to manage them and save money.
You simply plug it in and you can control your lights from anywhere using an app on your phone—you can even set the device to turn on and off whenever you want and control more than one device at once. Bonus: It works with Alexa!
Most thermostats only read the temperature in one place, which can make other rooms in your home uncomfortable. This device comes with a room sensor to help manage hot or cold spots. You can adjust the temperature and comfort settings easily from the app, and it will help you save up to 23 percent on your heating and cooling costs.
One of the simplest changes you can make in your home is to switch your lightbulbs to LED. They are 80 percent more effective than regular bulbs and they last longer, so you’re buying fewer bulbs (which means less waste.) They reduce the amount of energy you are using – therefore reducing your carbon footprint.
For more of Candice’s tips, watch the video clip above!