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8 Ways You Can Harness the Power of Technology to Green Your Home
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Dual Flushing Toilets
Every flush of the toilet wastes a lot of water, which in turn costs you money. By installing dual flush toilets instead, you’ll save nearly 30 percent of your overall water usage. They’re quite ingenious, as they have two buttons, one for liquid bodily fluids and one for bodily fluids that aren’t quite as liquid, if you catch that drift.
Flushing when there’s just water (or whatever) in your toilet is enormously wasteful, but most people aren’t comfortable with the mellow yellow philosophy. With dual flushing toilets, that’s unnecessary. The toilets themselves aren’t that expensive and ultimately pay for themselves anyway. Although you can technically install them yourselves if you’re handy, it’s worthwhile to bring in a plumber.
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Energy efficient appliances save money by producing less waste, using less energy, and saving on electricity, but they’re good for tax incentives too. Many big name appliance manufacturers now offer energy-efficient appliances, so you can basically pick your poison. Energy Star appliances are the most popular choices, but there are lots of others. However, they use 20 percent less energy than others on the market, and that’s the minimum.
What appliances can you buy to save money? Start in the kitchen. There are energy-saving refrigerators, dishwashers, and even ovens. Elsewhere, definitely think about buying efficient washers and dryers, especially the former. Washers use a lot of water, and an energy-efficient model saves on water and electricity.
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Smarter Power Strips
Power strips are very convenient but they’re also inefficient in terms of the energy they use. They’re potentially dangerous to at least, the regular ones are. There are now smart power strips that don’t keep using electricity and energy when the devices plugged into them or the strips themselves are off. Instead of unplugging all of your appliances and devices, invest in smart power strips. You’ll have plenty of outlets to use but your home won’t hemorrhage energy and electricity at all times. Instead, you’ll have a main strip, through which you route other items.
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Better Battery Chargers
Not only are energy-efficient battery chargers better, they’re also smarter. Think about all the money you waste on batteries, from AAAs to D-cells. Think, too, about how often you really properly dispose of them and how bad they are for the environment, as they languish away in landfills. With a smart battery charger, you can actually recharge your regular, every day batteries. Many such chargers will recharge these batteries as many as 10 times. That saves you money, given the cost of even the smallest pack of batteries, and it’s unquestionably better for the environment.
Additionally, you have the option of transitioning over to rechargeable batteries. They’re initially more expensive than their traditional counterparts, but if you keep them charged, they make up for the start-up costs. You’ll likely never have to buy batteries again.
If you’re interested in saving money in the long-term, then you need to seriously consider going a little greener, even if it costs you something in the short-term. What are some other ways you can think of that will make your home more energy-efficient? Tell us in the comments.
About the Author:
DJ Miller is a graduate student at the University of Tampa. He is an avid writer who is passionate about technology and the environment. In his spare time he likes to travel, play soccer, and watch movies. You can follow him on twitter @MillerHeWrote
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