Today’s blog post is contributed by Emma Clark, a guest contributor. Please see the contributor’s details at the end of this post.
For most homeowners, the arrival of utility bills in the mail slot can be an automatic migraine inducer. Especially for large homes, utility costs can take out a big chunk off our monthly budget. Here are 5 home gadgets that will save you money and are great investments to make your home more efficient. These improvements will also add value to your home when you decide to sell it. Studies have shown that buyers prefer energy-efficient gadgets.
1. Water Efficient Showerheads
The old designs of showerheads are not very efficient when it comes to water usage, which means your hard earned dollars will go down the drain as well. Excess water means your energy bills will go up as well, since your heater has to heat extra water.
With water-efficient showerheads, you can take your shower with less water and energy consumption. Manufacturers now add new water flow designs that can let you enjoy the same water pressure, with less water used.
These smart showerheads can help you save 2,600 gallons of water per year (for a 3-member family). This can cut down about $600 off your bill per year. What a difference! Not only you can help to save the environment, you’re saving money as well!
You can also DIY remodel your shower with a great tile cutter to save on costs from hiring a professional.
2. Programmable Thermostats
Installing a programmable thermostat will help to decrease the cost of your energy bill. A programmable thermostat will raise or lower the temperature based on pre-determined settings that can be adjusted to any type of household. It will lower the temperature at times when nobody is home and turn up the heat otherwise. These settings, and a whole lot more, can be programmed into the thermostat to make your home more energy efficient.
Moreover, a buyer is more interested in an energy-efficient home than one that eats up a lot of money. Instead of having a garage heater that will also eat up a lot of energy, use of a programmable thermostat is a great alternative.
3. Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights
Outdoor lights can be the phantom addition on your energy bill. Regardless of the number of lights, they’re still going to be using energy and will raise your bill.
Solar-powered outdoor lights is a great alternative. These lights consume energy from the sunlight during the day (which is free!) and during the night time, they can be turned on with little or no energy costs at all. It’s the best way to eliminate unnecessary energy consumption, plus adding great curb appeal.
4. Solar-Powered Water Heaters
You can also do away with the great costs of heating water with a solar-powered water heater. This innovation allows your home’s hot water needs (bath, shower, dishwasher, etc.) to be powered by solar energy.
Installing a solar-powered water heater can be a bit pricey, but it will pay off in the long run. With a great addition like this in your house, you can enjoy the comforts of hot water but with a more energy-efficient home at a lower cost.
However, before you go for this option, you need to consider how much sunlight you’ll receive for your solar power. If there is not enough sunlight, you won’t have enough hot water for both your bathroom and kitchen.
5. Occupancy Sensor
Occupancy sensors are these amazing residential versions of motion detectors. By using them, you can save a lot on electricity.
An occupancy sensor’s function is pretty self-explanatory from the name itself: it turns the lights on when it detects motion, and automatically turns it off when the sensor no longer detects movement. It’s a good energy-saving option for rooms with a lot of traffic. Moreover, the occupancy sensor gadget can go as far as adjusting air conditioning and heating!
Not only that, but an occupancy sensor will make your home smarter, which is also a great selling point for buyers.
With these energy-saving gadgets for your home, not only your home will become more efficient and automated, your savings also means you have more money to spend on other important things. Not to mention, you boost your curb appeal and home value in the process of potential buyers.
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Contributor’s bio: Hi! I’m Emma Clark from The Art of Home Renovations, an interior designer with one true passion: home improvement. With my experience and skill, I want to help you make your home into a revolutionary & magical work of art through easy, inexpensive, and innovative ideas that you can DIY!
Photo credits: Main title photos by Siddharth Kothari Photography. The others are provided by the contributor.