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December 02, 2013

Five New Gadgets for a Greener Home

By Drew Hendricks

We are always benefiting from the latest and greatest gadget. It's about time the environment benefited, too. There are some new gadgets that will make it easier to bring your home into the 21st century. They won't just make your daily life smoother and more efficient, but can help make your home more energy-efficient, which in turn will cut down on your energy bills. What a win-win situation!

Here are five technological innovations that will help you go a little greener.

1.Future solar-powered gadgets and appliances

Solar energy has come a long way. At first it was too expensive and impractical for most of us to make the switch over to powering our homes with solar energy. But now the technology has progressed to the point where there are tons of ways your home can benefit from solar power.

Even something as small as a solar-powered iPhone (News - Alert) charger can make a difference. If you want to go bigger, you can consider solar panels, of course, but there are other options, such as a solar-powered water heater.

2. Automate your home

You have your smartphone with you all the time, so you might as well put it to work for you. A number of systems are available (and they're becoming increasingly affordable) that enable you to control your lights, temperature, and home security systems from anywhere in the world.

All it takes is a simple app in your smartphone. No more worrying that you might have left a light on or forgetting to turn down the thermostat when you leave town. With that kind of control, it'll become easier to reduce energy waste in your home and start seeing the effects on your energy bills.

3. It's time to switch your light bulbs again

You probably remember back when green issues started to gain momentum in the public eye, and everyone was talking about changing to more energy-efficient light bulbs. Well, Philips (News - Alert) brand just announced a new LED light bulb that promises to be more efficient than even the best fluorescent bulbs on the market today.

4. Power adapters

Everyone knows you should turn off appliances in your home when you're not using them. Having everything plugged into a power strip makes it easy to turn them off all at once, but it's easy to forget to do that every night or whenever you leave the house. Now there's a different approach. Simple and fairly affordable adapters plug into your wall sockets and when you insert your electronics into them, they control how much energy goes into that device. No gadget is going to get more power than it needs; and once it's charged or not being used, the adapter automatically turns itself off.

5. Build with green materials

Although reused and repurposed building materials are not really new technologies, the innovation that's currently going into creating reused building materials makes now the best time to remodel. It's the perfect time because you can perform long-desired renovations without harming the environment. From a roof designed to reflect solar rays that would otherwise overheat your home to repurposed countertops that look brand-new, there's green technology going into every building material you could possibly need. Just about every material in your home, with the possible exception of flat washers, bolts, and nails to hold it together, can now be made of green, recycled materials without your having to sacrifice style, comfort or durability.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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