With gas and electricity bills set to rise and Big Energy Saving Week (October 22nd – 27th) reminding us all of the need to reduce our carbon footprint, we thought this would be a great time to share some of the most innovative new energy saving devices on the market today. These products are at the cutting-edge of green technology, so let’s take a look at what the future of energy saving holds.
“Off” Door Handle
This smart yet surprisingly stylish door handle is designed to replace the existing handle on your door, whilst also reducing your energy use and improving the safety of your home. The device connects to your existing power network and presents you with the option to completely shut down your electricity and gas when you leave your home, making it simple to ensure that no energy is wasted when the house is empty.
Nest has developed an intelligent thermostat for use around the home that is both easy to install and accomplished in saving energy. Its intelligence comes from the fact that it can learn your routine and automatically adapt its settings based on your heating preference. Users simply alter the thermostat to their needs as normal, and Nest will automatically build a schedule that it will follow unless overridden. Its “Leaf” feature also points you towards the most energy efficient temperatures for your home, and its “AutoAway” setting will make sure that your heating is off when you leave your house.
Solar technology has been around for some time now, but SkyShades takes it to the next level by replacing traditional large glass solar panels with a thin, flexible and lightweight film. SkyShades combines a carpet-like material with photovoltaic technology, allowing it to lie flat on a roof. What’s more, this product has been designed to adapt to UK weather, meaning that it converts both direct sunlight and more common daylight into solar power that can light your home or feed back into the national grid.
Leaving a charged phone plugged in can become a major waste of electricity, especially if you develop a habit of charging multiple devices. Belkin’s Conserve Valet is an innovative new energy saving product that allows you to charge four different devices simultaneously, before cutting the power when the charging is complete. This helps to vastly cut down on the amount of energy wasted through idle devices and even standby power. The gadget can also monitor the power levels of your phones, PDAs and tablets, ensuring that they are always fully charged in the most economical and environmentally friendly way possible.
This product is still in development, but when ready for use it will turn any household window into a power generating machine. New Energy Technologies is working on a spray-on coating for transparent windows, consisting of “organic solar cells” that are invisible to the naked eye but are capable of converting both natural and artificial light into electricity, with the potential for shaving hundreds of pounds off energy bills and vastly reducing our carbon footprint.