Green energy technologies range from the simple to the sophisticated. Here, we will examine the lower end of the cost spectrum.
Want to do something right now that will allow you to take a baby step towards using more green energy technologies? Augment your solar home with smart power strips. This is a great way to weave in some sneaky smart holistic energy saving craftiness into your house. First, what the heck is a smart power strip anyhow? Is it really any different from the ones we have been buying for years in order to expand the two slot receptacle plug outlet into a place to be able to plug in more stuff?
Yes, the new smarter strips do more than that. It’s an inexpensive solution that will add up to real money in your wallet over the course of a year.
Here’s some ideas that can save you thousands every year. These concepts can be mixed and matched for your own personal fit and with your ways to save money.
Did you know that “standby” power uses about 5-10 percent of the energy consumed in a home? One percent of the world’s carbon dioxide is said to be generated by this standby power. Standby power is the small amount of power that is held in electronics like computers, televisions, printers, scanners, monitors, and tablets so that they can power on quickly when the user demands it.
Smart power strips are designed to help combat this. Here’s an example of how these work. When a scanner or printer switches automatically to standby mode after being idle the smart power strip will cut the power being delivered to that device until demand is again requested. All of the other electronics plugged into the strip are unaffected unless they also fall to sleep.
Smart power strips are just one more piece of the energy conservation puzzle that make getting closer to net zero living a reality.
Inexpensive Green Energy Technologies
When getting started with green energy technologies it is recommended that you start small. Establish the pathway by becoming an adopter. It’s just like riding a bike. You just have to get started. Once you are flying down the road you’ll forget that you never knew how. The key is the experience.
Start replacing old outdated products with today’s green energy technologies one at a time. The old stuff was good in it’s time. Regardless of how much you care or regularly maintain your home, you will still have to make some house updates and replace some items and it’s time to kick that can down the road so that you can open the door to the awesome new features found in smart power strips and the like.
More Smart Powerstrip Features
There are a number of these smart strips that come with an app that you can download on your phone. One that comes to mind is made by the Koogeek company. The Koogeek smart power strip looks a lot like any power strip that would not make you do a double take.
The Koogeek power strip has three surge protected power outlets that you can plug just about anything into. When you sync it up to the app on your phone you can control the items plugged into your strip. Imagine that you have 3 lamps plugged into it. Imagine one lamp, a radio, and your stereo amp.
You can control any one of these devices from your phone. Want to turn the lamp off? Bam!. Need to turn on some music? Bam! Want to turn on everything at once? You got it. This thing is awesome. One more feature we need to mention here. You can command it to turn things on or off that are plugged into it from Alexa or via Google Assistant.