An eco-friendly lifestyle starts at home. It’s about the appliances we use, the energy choices we make, and how we handle our waste.
As we move into 2022 with a sustainable mind it’s important to think about how we affect the environment in your day-to-day lives. There are many ways to bring down your carbon footprint but it sounds like an expensive task. Here, Rightio have detailed some sustainable gadgets that will help you save energy, money, and reduce your carbon footprint, while providing you with ease and comfort in 2022. Let’s lead the way to sustainability.
A standard 3 kW electric kettle uses 0.225 kw/h to boil a full (2L) kettle. That costs you about £28.93 a year. Yes, boiling only the amount of water you need or using a stovetop kettle can reduce your kettle energy use and costs. But there is an even more sustainable solution – a solar kettle.
Solar energy is easily available, and the kettle works to its optimal efficiency when the sun is shining right upon it. Nevertheless, it can still produce warm water even on cloudy days and will keep it warm as long as it’s getting a little bit of sun. It’s ideal not only for the home but also for camping and travelling. But the best bit is that it’s completely sustainable as solar energy is free for everyone.
The UK government was one of the first to lead the way in the use of smart thermostats as part of its journey to achieving net-zero by 2050. Many other European countries have followed by example.
A smart thermostat works by connecting to your Wi-Fi to learn your schedule and light and heating preferences. That way it can optimise the energy and electricity used in your home. It’s the perfect addition to your yearly gas safe boiler service which will ensure your boiler is in optimal condition and keep your energy bills at minimum while reducing your carbon footprint.
LED smart bulbs
It’s a well-known fact that LED bulbs are much more efficient than incandescent ones. They can reduce your energy costs by up to 20%. But the newest addition to eco-friendly lighting – LED smart bulbs – is a real game-changer / is even more efficient.
LED smart bulbs come with a perk: they can connect to your phone through Bluetooth so that you can take full control of their operation. This means that you can turn lights off in unoccupied rooms and change the lights’ colour. Saving lighting energy has never been easier.
Tic-toc, tic-toc, the clock in your house informs you not only about the time but also about every little bit of energy used to do so. Yes, it might not use as much electricity as an electric heater, but it all amounts to your final energy bill.
Instead, opt for an eco-friendly clock powered by lemons. Yes, you read it right. When the citric acid in the lemon is combined with the copper and zinc in the clock, the produce current which is enough to power the clock for a week. Don’t forget to reset the time once you chance the lemons!
This is not only a sustainable source of energy but also a really eye-catching contemporary home décor. Some might even call it a state-of-the-art clock!
Egloo candle-powered room heater
The biggest contributor to our energy use is our heating system. What if there was a way to minimise that energy use without freezing in our own homes?
The Egloo room heater is made from two Italian terracotta doom that resemble an igloo, hence its name. It is heated with four tea light candles placed on a metal stand in-between the domes. Once heated, it draws air in which causes warmth to be radiated into the room.
But how much can it actually heat a room? It’s estimated that a 20m² room can be heated by 2° to 3° for up to 5 hours at the cost of just 7.56 pence. The great news is that it can also be used as a diffuser and humidifier!
H2O shower radio
Did you know that listening to music and singing in the shower can be sustainable while also fun? The H2O shower radio is powered by water pressure from the shower. It’s free to use and you can also listen to it while brushing your teeth as excess energy is stored in its internal battery. When you turn it on again, it will automatically tune to the last station you listened to.
Living sustainably doesn’t have to require much effort. Rather, we can implement small habits and invest in eco-friendly gadgets for the home that will help us minimise our carbon footprint. We can’t wait to see where technology will take us next.