As many of you know, I am involved with the kind folks from Project Envolve. We have been doing some amazing missions that can help you beat the heat, grill your way to savings, and even make your home energy efficient while traveling.
I have learned so much in the short time I have been involved with the program. Most people think that you need to make major changes in your entire lifestyle in order to be energy efficient.
Guess what? So not true!
Most energy efficient measures are inexpensive and can be done during a morning or afternoon of home improvement time.
I was excited to be invited by the Project Envolve team to NYC, for a day of talking about the future of energy efficiency and getting time to play with some new and exciting items that are sure to make my life and home run smoothly and efficiently.
So what are some of the important things I learned while in NYC? Well, first of all, this lady managed to get herself there and back without getting lost. I am a huge traveler, at least when my family is around. Going by myself was a major accomplishment, in my book, and I loved every minute of being in the city.
So what are some of the things we talked about? Read on!
Energy Efficiency In The Future:
Did you know?
- LED lights only use 6-7 watts to use? Compare that to a regular light bulb that uses around 60 watts, and already you can see major savings.
- Technology is the wave of the future. And by technology, I mean gadgets galore. These gadgets are going to be centered around whole-home savings, and most will be done automatically! Bonus: your kids will be actively involved because they thrive on gadgets.
- Smart thermostats are the way to go. They can learn your household patterns, and adjust your home temperature according to your occupancy. This will lead to some really amazing savings because you won’t be wasting resources!
- Through its energy efficiency programs, PP&L has saved more than 2 billion kilowatt hours per year. To put that in perspective, that is like taking 295,000 cars of the highways! Can you imagine?
During our time in New York, we also had the chance to check out some amazing products that will certainly change the future of energy efficiency. One of my absolute favorites was this little gem:
The WeMo Insight Switch* is every Mom’s dream. You can plug in any item and see how much energy it uses, and how long it is being used. I have mine connected to our WiiU system, just to see how much it is being used and how much energy it uses. Certainly eye opening! Especially when you see it just being plugged in, and not played. And with just a click of a button in your smartphone app, you can turn off the switch and stop wasting energy. Hello savings!
Another favorite gadget I got to play with is the Bedol Water Alarm Clock*. The technology in this product converts ions in the water into clean energy power. I had the opportunity to start this baby up, and it was absolutely amazing!
An another amazing product that peaked my interest is the Biolite Wood Burning Camp Stove*. While I am not much of a camper, this is a product you could really use anywhere. The great thing about it? There is a port that allows you to charge your smartphones, headlamps, LED lights and more.
The folks at Hiccup NY gave us so many ideas and inspiration on products that are energy efficient, and what we can do to help make our entire home run smoothly. I definitely think that today’s kids will be more involved with energy efficiency for one reason:
Gadgets! This generation is raised on gadgets, and they are really good at using them. Scary good. And because it is something they understand, it is something they will willingly participate in.
Thank you again, Hiccup NY and PP&L for hosting me and my fellow Project Envolve bloggers in NYC!
What energy efficiency measures will you be participating in?
*I am a Project Envolve ambassador and receive product and/or compensation for these posts. Project Envolve is part of the PPL Electric Utilities Corporation. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own! #Project Envolve #GetEnvolved
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