How to Use Technology to Save on Electricity Bills 

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New ways to save on energy costs are hitting the market all the time. After all, electricity is getting more expensive, and more homeowners want to do what they can to spend less money on utility bills.

Below are some of the new technologies available to help you cut your electric bills.

Advanced IOT software development has given us new motion sensors that can be used in the home to reduce electricity use. New motion sensors are coming on the market that can turn off lights in rooms that are not being used. Motion sensors also can turn off overhead fans if it senses there is no motion in the room for a certain period.

These motion sensors can help you save on electricity every day. And the devices don’t cost a lot and are easy to install.

Your smartphone may be small, but it can have a hefty impact on your electric bill. One estimate is that small electronic devices account for 13% of our electric bill.

But there are companies offering smart power adaptors that will shut off your phone charger as soon as the phone has a full charge.

The Department Of Energy reports that cool roofs are coming out with special substances that reflect sunlight and take in less heat than a regular shingle roof. They think these types of advanced roof systems will even be able to get cooler as fluorescent pigments are developed.

Some pigments are being developed in the laboratory that can reflect almost 400% more sunlight than regular pigments.

Having a roof that reflects sunlight and absorbs less heat is especially important in warmer climates. Think of states such as Texas and Florida. The air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard because the home doesn’t heat up as much with the reflective roof.

Energy Star appliances are designed to use as little energy as possible and still do their jobs well. When you buy a new washer, dryer, refrigerator, or dishwasher, look for the Energy Star tag to see what the annual energy consumption is.

You’ll save a lot on electricity bills with Energy Star appliances.

Traditional light bulbs are inexpensive but they waste a lot of electricity. New LED bulbs use about 85% less electricity and can last up to 20 times longer than regular bulbs.

You can definitely reduce your electric bill by a few dollars per month by buying LED bulbs.

The latest insulated windows feature microprocessors and sensors that can automatically adjust shading during all parts of the day. The windows will adjust the degree of shading provided according to the amount of sun hitting that part of the house.

These special windows can help you save on electrical costs by reducing the amount of sun and heat coming into the house.

Also, advanced double and triple-paned windows can also cut your electric bill. Single-pane windows are inexpensive but do a poor job of blocking heat. When the hot summer sun hits a single-pane window, put your hand on it. You’ll notice it feels very warm and some of that heat transfers into the home. This means the AC must keep running to cool things down.

Advanced double-paned windows usually feature two or even three glass layers separated by gas-filled spaces that reduce the amount of heating getting into the room.

Don’t Forget Saving on the Water Bill

Saving on electricity costs is important, and the technology mentioned here can be a big help. Also, technology can help you save on your water bill, too.

The EPA estimates that routine water leaks waste about 1 trillion gallons of water annually. That’s more than 1,000 Olympic-sized pools!

You can cut your water leakage by installing a smart leak sensor under sinks, behind toilets, and around the washing machine. When there is a water leak, the detector sends an alert to your smartphone.

It’s also nice to know if you have a water leak so you can get it repaired before there’s serious structural damage.

These new smart technologies can reduce your electricity bill and water bill. And you get to help the planet, too, so what’s better than that?

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