As the population of the world becomes more conscious about the well-being of the planet, innovative ideas due to technological advancements have paved the way for a more affordable and greener living. Practical items that are used every day can save you money on energy and utility costs. For a slight upfront investment, you could decrease your monthly bills and help save the planet at the same time.
1. Home Conditioning – Paint additive products have been around since the mid 2000s and have been proven time and again to work. For less than $20, you can treat a gallon of paint with energy saving power. These additives, such as Insuladd, refract heat back into the home in the winter and reflect the heat during the summer. This means your home stays warmer or cooler longer reducing your heating and air-conditioning bills.
2. Solar Charging – The power of the sun is gaining popularity as humankind develops more efficient ways to harness it. From the solar charging units for smartphones to emergency starting units for automobiles, photovoltaic power is present nearly everywhere. The more items around your home that utilizes the power of solar energy, the less you have to pay each month in energy costs. Although solar panels for the home could cost more than $40,000 in order to operate everything, smaller units for various tasks can be purchased for far less while providing great benefits to your pocketbook.
3. Green Lawns – Paints aren’t the only thing that can have an additive to saving cash and the environment. Water additives such as Hydretain have the ability to keep your lawn and plant-life greener for longer while using less water. For areas that suffer from water restrictions due to drought, these additives can make the world of difference for yard care. Even businesses such as golf courses and maintenance workers for outdoor sports fields can save a great deal of money by using additives such as these. As they are non-toxic, family and pets can play in the yard without worry.
4. LED Bulbs – As a successor to the energy saving power of CFL bulbs, those that are powered by LEDs are far superior. Although it still utilizes about the same amount of power as its predecessor, the LED bulb has an approximate lifespan of more than 40 years. That’s eight times longer than the warranted lifespan of CFL bulbs and nearly 20 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. While this greatly depends on the amount of use these bulbs see in your home on a daily basis, the LED bulb is one of the most cost effective ways to provide lighting inside and outside of the home.
5. Leak No More – Over time, a faucet’s rubber seal will eventually fail and the inevitable leak will begin to echo through the home keeping you up at night. Depending on the extent of the leak, this could cost you money as well as sleep. Faucets such as the Pfister Pasadena use a ceramic stopper and is guaranteed never to leak. In addition to this innovative feature, the faucet is also able to provide the same task management using up to 30% less water.
As technologies continue to advance, more practical ways to conserve energy and decrease utility bills will undoubtedly be developed. Currently, it is profitable for these companies to continue saving the planet and they will do what they can to make more money at it. Although this point of view can be obscured by capitalism, it is a win-win situation for yourself as a consumer.
This post is contributed by Christine Maddox. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s degree from University of Texas as well as blogging for www.4nannies.com. She loves to write anything related to parenting, kids, nanny care etc. She can be reached via email at: christine.4nannies @ gmail.com.