A lot of time and effort goes into making our homes beautiful, but what about making them more eco-friendly too? We’ve got the scoop on savvy investments to make your home a little more green to celebrate Earth Day this week!
We know it’s tough to break old habits, especially when it comes to something you’ve been doing since you were old enough to do house chores. Yes, we’re talking about hand-washing your dishes. Using an Energy Star certified dishwasher can save nearly 5,000 gallons of water a year and more than 230 hours spent at the sink. Stop the scrubbing and let your dishwasher do its job!
SIMPLR tip: The process of rinsing your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher can waste up to 20 gallons of water per rinse – skip it!
The Living Area
Ever arrive at home to realize you left your living room lights on after a long day at work? Luckily, there are smart LED lighting systems that have timers, remote controllable switches, motion detectors and sensors, which solve that problem! Motion sensor systems are especially efficient, because they automatically turn lights on and off as people enter and exit the area.
Green Gadget Spotlight: Insteon Motion Sensor’s night-only mode keeps lights from turning on throughout the day, letting natural light do the work.
SIMPLR tip: If you’re considering sprucing up your living area, look for low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint which can reduce the emission of harmful toxins.
The Laundry Room
Tackling dirty laundry is one dreadful task, so it’s no surprise that your laundry room isn’t the first thing on your list when seeking out ways to go green. However, purchasing an energy efficient washer and dryer set can save you money and reduce your overall energy consumption. When you’re out searching for a new set, or curious if your current washer and dryer are energy efficient, look for the “EnergyStar” label. It identifies products designed to reduce greenhouse gases!
Green Gadget Spotlight: Samsung’s Front Load Washer with SuperSpeed: With a forty percent faster wash cycle and its ability to wash four laundry baskets in a row, it’s no wonder it was previously recognized as one of Energy Star’s most efficient products.
SIMPLR Tip: 90% of the energy used during your wash cycles is from heating water. Try washing your fabrics with cold water for more energy efficient laundry days!
Have you ever heard the saying, “Fans cool people, not rooms?” Because fans are designed to cool your skin, leaving it to circulate while no one is occupying the room won’t benefit you or your home. Look for celling fans with scheduling abilities or remote control features.
Green Gadget Spotlight: Hunter Fan’s SIMPLEconnect lets you program and schedule your ceiling fan through its downloadable app!
SIMPLR tip: Want to be a little more environmentally conscious? Spruce up your room with indoor plants for fresher and cleaner air.
However you choose to go green this Earth Day, be sure to keep your news eco-friendly products protected with a SIMPLR protection plan that best fits you!