We previously covered a 20 ways to make your home a little more green, but if you still need a little help saving energy and water, there are plenty of other things you can do. These seven cool technologies allow you to save money and the environment -and some of them look absolutely stunning too.
Swirl Water Faucet
You know wind turbines can help make green energy, but did you know tiny turbines can help reduce your water usage? Designer Simon Qiu created a faucet that uses turbines to spin water as it leaves the faucet to cover more surface area and provide more water pressure while still saving up to 15% of water. As a bonus, the spiraling water patterns look absolutely beautiful.
There are plenty of programmable thermostats on the market, but Nest goes a step beyond to actually program itself to learn your habits. This way you will stay comfortable no matter how the weather changes while still using the minimum energy possible -it even turns itself off when you aren't home. You can even change your settings when your away using your smart phone or computer.
Belkin Conserve Socket
By now, we all know that our chargers use energy even when your devices aren't plugged in, but remembering to power off a power strip or to unplug the chargers takes a little more memory effort than some people want to spend on conservation. With the Belkin Conserve Socket though, you just need to select how long you'd like your device powered and the socket will automatically cut off power after you're done.
Belkin Conserve Smart AV Surge Protector
Similarly, this Belkin Conserve device ensures that all peripheral devices attached to your TV are powered off as soon as you turn the power off on your TV. The strip allows for two always-on sockets so things like your DVR recorder can keep working even when the other devices are powered down.
Evolve Roadrunner Showerhead
There are a lot of low-flow showerheads available these days, but the Roadrunner is special since it not only limits the water flow while you're using the shower, it also immediately turns the water down to a trickle when it reaches an ideal temperature. That way while you're outside the shower waiting for the water to heat up, you don't have to worry about water being wasted between the time the water gets warm and the time you notice that it's warm. All in all, the Roadrunner can save you seven gallons of water for every five minute shower you take.
Sometimes the thing that causes the most water waste in the shower is simply being too cozy in the warm water. The Uji showerhead reminds you that you're lagging by slowly turning from green to red over the course of seven minutes -the time of an average shower.
Good shades are important in energy conservation. Natural light saves power over using electric lights, but leaving your blinds open when it's hot outside can also increase your air conditioner usage. With Serena Shades, you don't have to be there in person to raise or lower your blinds -you can use your smart phone to control your shades from anywhere.
Of course, you should never forget the basics. Switch out any incandescent lights in your home for CFLs or LEDs. Start using rechargeable batteries in all your devices rather than disposable ones. And always turn off the lights in a room when you leave.