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Blog Nov 11, 2014

Top 6 Energy Efficiency Technologies to Be Thankful For

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We were thinking – how could you tie energy savings to Thanksgiving? Usually, you don’t think of this holiday as one where you talk about saving energy.

But keeping in line with the idea of being thankful, here are some energy efficiency technologies you should be thankful for:

1 LED/CFL Lights

LEDs are coming down in price. And for some, they’re affordable. CFLs, however, are affordable now. CFLs live about 6 times as long as incandescents and cost 80% less to operate each year. LEDs are exponentially better – they live 41x longer than incandescents and cost 90% less to run for the year.

Wow, now that’s some nice savings there!

2. Programmable Thermostats

Remember the “set it and forget it” old ones? Now you don’t waste AC or heat all day long. Wish we had actual numbers to crunch here, but undoubtedly they help you save a lot.

3. All Major Appliances and Systems

Every one of these has increased in efficiency significantly over the years. Whenever you get a new system or appliance, they’re amazingly energy efficient.

Here they are, ranked in order of which uses the most energy first:

  • Heating system
  • Air conditioning
  • Hot water heater
  • Dehumidifier
  • Refrigerator

So if you need some serious savings, see which of those you own that’s also the oldest, and replace it first.

4. Low-Flow Showerheads

Some showerheads reduce your water bill by up to $250 per year! You have to carefully research them, though, because not all reduce your water usage by the same amount.

5. Learning Thermostats

Even though you can get programmable thermostats, learning ones are the next step. These thermostats have computers that learn your heating and cooling schedule. Then they program themselves to adjust to your lifestyle. Nest makes one and claims it pays for itself in 5 years (conservatively), and that you can see a reduction of 20% in your heating and cooling bills.

You can even program Nest’s learning thermostat with your smartphone, so you can manage your heating and cooling system from across the country if you want.

6. Windows

Again, we wish we had numbers comparing the energy efficiency of windows of today, and 10, 20, and 30 years ago. That would give a precise indication of how much money you save with them now versus then.

But, any reasonable person would say you’re saving a pretty nice amount of money when you install them in your home.

Those Are Our Thoughts…What are Yours?

Energy efficiency changes so fast, and there’s so many new developments that maybe you’ve stumbled on something we haven’t talked about today.

Did we miss something?

What energy efficiency improvements are you grateful for?

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