Celebrate Earth Day by Saving Energy at Home
Earth Day, the annual event recognizing and supporting environmental change and protection, is held on Apr. 22nd. It's celebrated around the world by people planting trees, reducing waste and standing up for the most important environmental causes. This year, you can help the planet and reduce your own bills by saving energy at home.
Follow these tips and tricks for saving energy, and money, at home this Earth Day.
When it comes to reducing energy use, lights may be the easiest part to tackle. It's as simple as turning off the light switch when you leave the room - or is it? Too often people disregard lights in their home, whether they forget or underestimate just how much energy one bulb can use up. One way to combat this is by installing motion-censored lights that will automatically turn on when you enter a room and automatically turn off when no movement is detected. Using a timer system for lighting also works well to enforce turning off lights when they aren't needed.
Energy-saving lights and dimming systems are best for lights that are frequently on, such as in the kitchen and living room. Turning on very slowly, energy-saving lights don't get to their fullest brightness for several minutes. And dimming systems allow you to adjust the settings to reduce the brightness levels.
In the developed world, it's fortunate that many people do not have to worry about preserving water. However, doing so is important for helping the environment and also for reducing water bill costs. There are a few easy tips for saving water:
- Turn off the sink while brushing your teeth.
- Take shorter showers and preserve hot water.
- Avoid taking hot baths.
- Limit the water use when washing dishes.
- If your dishwasher has an economy setting, use it to save both electricity and water.
- Let your pots and pans air dry or towel dry.
It goes without saying that limiting your heating and cooling use will save you money. Turning off air conditioning when no one is at home and lowering the temperature on the thermostat during the night can also help with energy costs. Opening curtains to let the sun's natural rays heat up your home during the day is another neat trick for saving money. And in the dead of winter, wear layers, even if you're inside. Wearing thick socks, warm pants and layers of sweaters is the best way to stay cozy and toasty without racking up your heating bill. Better yet, use your Holmes® Large Room Smart Heater with WeMo® so that you can control the heat from your smartphone screen - no matter where you are! With the FREE WeMo® app, you can monitor, adjust and change temperatures and settings from any remote location. You'll never again risk running up your energy bill because you forgot to turn your heat off in the morning before work.
Another innovative way to save money on energy is to use your humidifier. Because moist air is better at holding heat than dry air, humidifying the air in your home will make you and your family feel more comfortable, regardless of the actual temperature. Running humidifiers costs significantly less than most heating systems. A warm mist humidifier will work especially well for this purpose. The Holmes® Xpress-Comfort Warm Mist Humidifier works fast to deliver soothing, warm moisture to the air in your home. For optimal comfort, controlling the level of humidity released is right at your fingertips. The best part? This humidifier delivers the warming vapor in just 60 seconds.
In the summer, air conditioning can be the biggest culprit of your energy bill. Using up a great deal of energy - and your money - central cooling systems can put a real dent in your monthly budget. Instead, consider using a fan, or optimize your air conditioner with a fan to help circulate the cool air more efficiently. Window fans, power fans and stand fans are great options for keeping cool in the summer. The Holmes® 100% Recycled, 20 Inch Whole Room Air Circulator is especially environmentally friendly. Made completely form recycled material, it costs less than 2 cents per hour to operate!
Connect Your Holmes® Smart Products
Another great way to save energy and money is with Holmes® Smart Products with WeMo® enabled appliances. Free to download and simple to use, the WeMo® app gives you control over each of your Smart Holmes® Products no matter how far away from your home you are. From the palm of your hand, you can adjust temperatures, settings, timers and controls. And as if Holmes® Smart Products weren't already fabulous enough, they're can now connect to IFTTT, the interactive platform that allows you to connect apps, websites and your home devices together to perform a variety of custom tasks. These tasks play out according to the unique "recipes" that you set up.
With this intuitive technology and your set preferences, you'll never again have to think twice about high pollen counts, sticky humidity or changes in temperature. All you have to do is create a "recipe" to make your home appliance perform a function based on an unrelated action. For example, you can set your Holmes® Smart Air Purifier with WeMo® to turn on when the pollen count has risen. Or, you can set the "recipe" to turn up the controls on your Holmes® Large Room Smart Heater with WeMo® when the outdoor temperature starts to drop. No matter how you create recipes, you'll be saving yourself and your home time, energy and money! And not to mention - it's fun to use!
Saving energy on appliances is another easy one. A good rule of thumb, in addition to turning off any appliance not currently in use, is to unplug it as well. When cooking, use a countertop oven instead of the conventional oven, which uses much more energy. When washing and drying clothes, turn to the cold water setting and try to to use energy-efficient settings on your dryer. Also, drying clothes outdoors on a clothes line is a guaranteed way to save money and energy.