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Devices to help reduce energy output

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:25

For homeowners looking to make their houses more energy efficient, there exists several products on the market aimed at doing just that. From temperature-reading devices that can adjust heat output to the most optimal degree to electrical systems designed to utilize the smallest amount of energy as possible, these items have the ability to reduce both your monthly bill and your overall carbon footprint. As more companies learn the importance of energy efficiency, the number of products available increases exponentially. 

Heatworks Model 1

ISI Technology of South Carolina recently received proper funding to produce its Heatworks Model 1 water heater, which only measures 12.5 inches by 6.5 inches. This smart device was designed to cut energy use by 40 percent over conventional water heating systems. The small unit is equipped with Wi-Fi so users have the ability to monitor the temperature, power levels and duration from any location around the house. It operates without a tank by providing even and instant hot water to individuals in a home. According to its website, the device is 99 percent effective and can even cut water costs by 10 percent. Because it is so mobile, the heater can be placed in any location along a hot water pipe, including a master bathroom or even an outdoor shower. To begin production on this item, ISI Technology created a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds. After receiving almost double the requested amount, production has already begun.

SlimStyle light bulb

In an attempt to create a lower-wattage light bulb for consumers affected by the incandescent light bulb ban that was instated at the beginning of the year, Philips has revealed an LED 60W-equivalent bulb that will retail for less than $10. The SlimStyle features a flattened glass casing and horseshoe lighting pattern. When plugged into a lamp or electrical device, it resembles the traditional 60W bulb consumers are familiar with, satisfying individuals who did not like LED bulbs for their lighting inconsistencies. LED lights have been proven to last significantly longer than incandescent bulbs and can save hundreds of dollars in energy costs each year.

Radiant heating

Installing radiant heat in the house has the potential to not only cut electric bills, but to increase room comfort as well. Through underfloor heating, residents experience optimal heating temperatures that provide even air flow. Additionally, radiant heat can be centralized to one specific room at a time to ensure energy conservation.