Let’s face it, most of us don’t have time to worry about which appliances have been left on, running around turning off all off the lights, or even adjusting the thermostat setting based on the temperature outside to optimize energy usage.
In a survey by RetailMeNot on environmentally friendly behaviours, 78% of respondents indicated they would be willing to turn off lights when they leave a room but how many of us actually do this all of the time? I know I don’t but I know I should.
The reality is that we are too busy getting on with life whether that is going to work, taking the kids to school or sport, having dinner with friends or a hundred other better things we could be doing rather than worry about how much energy we use – at least until we get our electricity bill.
But despite all of this we also understand that we need to be more environmentally sustainable and reduce our impact on the planet.
In a survey of 1,091 US consumers on 10 topics, including electric and hybrid vehicles, GMO foods, and environmentally friendly products 5% of consumers say their next car will be a hybrid/electric vehicle, more than 50% of consumers oppose GMO foods, and 1 in 3 consumers prefer eco-friendly options.
So whilst we all say we want to live more environmentally friendly, 1 in 3 of us are even willing to pay a little more to be more green, the reality is we don’t do anything because we are all just too damn busy.
This is where green technology can help create more sustainable houses with ease.
When it comes to being more sustainable with your energy usage there are some awesome green technology hacks that can take the hard work out managing your energy usage from smart thermostats to lighting you can control from your smart phone.
The following awesome Eco-friendly green home products and green technology hacks will help you save energy, help the planet, amaze your friends, give you bragging rights and let you get on with enjoying your life without sacrificing your time or your wallet.
Our top 19 Green Technology Hacks for Sustainable Houses and Greening your Home with Ease
BBQ, grill, steam, bake, broil, or fry anything under the sun – literally – with SolSource, the parabolic solar cooker.
Did you know your house has a phantom. Now I’m not talking about the purple Lycra clad brooding comic book super hero with the scull ring type of phantom. What I am talking about is phantom electrical energy usage – this is energy used by your appliances even when they are not in use. Think about all of the appliances in your house that have standby mode such as your television, computers, DVRs , microwave ovens. All of these appliance continuing using energy even when not in use because of these standby loads.
This neat little energy-saving device helps to reduce utility costs by turning off power to your devices when not in use.
Much like an egg timer, the outlet will automatically turn off power to devices once a set time interval is reached.
Not only does this loudbasstard have an awesome name it is also a useful handmade sound amplifier that enables you to share your music through passive sound amplification. Incredibly durable, renewable, and rich in tonal variation, bamboo and rattan bring a relaxed style to any area. This passive amplifier is hand-made to create a unique and one of a kind look. The loudbasstard has received numerous international recognition and awards.
As a bonus if you have tourettes you can run around saying basstard to your hearts content knowing you are making the world a better place.
Hand-carved out of 100% natural bamboo biodegradable and environmentally friendly keyboard and mouse connect via usb port.
5. Solar flower
Charge any cell phone with USB with ease, Iphone, Android, Smartphones…Sunflower brings solar energy to her desk with a smile! Set this in a window, at her desk, or facing any window to charge with ease. Sunflower can also be charged using an included USB Cable, just plug into any USB port on your computer.
If you have a green thumb (or even if you don’t, since these are pretty easy to care for), you’ll adore this sweet wine bottle planted with succulents. An instant, year-round centerpiece made of a recycled wine bottle, it adds a much-needed pop of green to otherwise wintery surroundings.
The 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat does. It learns what temperature you like and builds a schedule around yours. Since 2011, the Nest Thermostat has saved over 4 billion kWh of energy in millions of homes worldwide. And independent studies showed that it saved people an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. So in under two years, it can pay for itself.
Ever wanted to strap some rockets to your feet like road runner? Now you can with these motorized electric roller skates that propel you at up to 12 mph.
Now I am not really sure how this eco-friendly product made it into this list but if you have to whip down to the corner store for some milk why not do it in eco style!
For just $25 you can purchase this water powered alarm clock that lasts 12 weeks with just one refill. The best part? You never have to reset the time because the clock remembers it for you.
10. USB cell battery
The batteries are specially designed with a built-in charger and an external tip that switches from the positive energy end of the battery to a USB plug. Easily power batteries from any USB port and unlike most rechargeable batteries, USBCELL batteries can be charged hundreds of times.
11. Solar umbrella
The UV protective polyester canopy provides cool shade for the sunniest days. It is a perfect choice when you have time to enjoy the outdoor scenery and cool breeze. The crank and tilt controls allow for easy set up.
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K570 stays charged for up to three months in total darkness, and eliminates the need for excess batteries and cords.
ilumi Smartbulbs unlock the natural power of light giving you better lighting for better living. Just screw in an ilumi Smartbulb like a regular bulb and download the free ilumi app to pick out exactly the right light color and brightness for your space and adjust it with your schedule. With Bluetooth Mesh connectivity, start with one or light your whole home in perfect lighting. Using the free app, you can adjust the color and brightness of your lighting or explore amazing built-in programs to experience lighting like never before. Plus, ilumi lasts up to 20 years and is 5x more energy efficient than a regular light bulb. ilumi is an advanced wireless lighting system in a light bulb, that’s easy to install: no boxes, bridges, routers or other complications for a simple, plug-and-play setup. Your ilumi will be up-and-running in seconds. With ilumi, you’ll never see lighting the same again.
We all know bees perform an amazing role in pollinating our plants. Now you too can be mother natures helper with this awesome gadget. The Vegibee imitates the high frequency vibrations of a bee’s wing during pollination. The vibrations release pollen onto a spoon, which you can then use to hand-pollinate other plants increasing your crop yield by up to 30%.
This neat little unit is a wireless sensor that monitors your plant’s moisture, temperature, light, and fertilizer levels and then sends this information to your smart phone or other devices via Bluetooth. The perfect way to be connected to pants needs.
As a bonus, you are contributing not only to the environment but to a good cause. MPOWERD is part of the Solar Justice Movement, which strives to provide the gift of lights to communities around the world.
The Smart AC Control that uses your phone’s location to cut your energy bill.
19. HYDAWAY Bottle
As its name suggests it collapses to fit into cupboard or storage drawer with ease.
Now if you can’t find any eco-cool solutions to help you green your home from this list then you’re not invited to our next rocket skate party and solar cook up barbeque with the rest of our eco-cool friends.
Perhaps you are a more outdoors type of person? Then you should definitely check out our Top 5 Great Eco-friendly Products for Adventurous Travelers.