Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tech tips to make your home greener and save you money

Luckily with the help of new technology, it can be easy to set up your home to help you save energy and even money.

It doesn’t have to just be Earth Week, but every day is a good time to think about how we can lessen the impact we have on our planet. Luckily with the help of new technology, it can be easy to set up your home to help you save energy and even money.

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Tip 1: Have an understanding of your home and neighbourhood power consumption rates and rules

We’re all spending more time at home nowadays, so naturally, we’ll be spending more on electricity. Having an understanding of how your electricity is charged so you can run things like laundry during off-peak hours will make difference on the planet and your wallet. Many new smart systems from thermostats to smart lights offer an energy dashboard so you can better understand your consumption trends so you can adjust accordingly!

Tip 2: Automate how your devices work together

With Rogers Smart Home Monitoring app, you can control all your smart devices and create custom routines to automate how the devices work together. Rogers Smart Home Monitoring is available in Automation and Security packages to protect your home and make life easier and greener.

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Tip 3: Reduce, reuse, recycle

To devices themselves, think about your refresh cycle (how often you buy a new device) and what you will do with the old gadgets. Reuse and recycle what you can! As part of its FidoTRADE program, Fido is doubling device trade-in credits to encourage customers to take advantage of eco-friendly device options. Until April 27, customers will be able to get as much as $360 off Fido’s Certified Pre-Owned devices and take advantage of double the trade-in credits for eligible devices, up to $300, through the FidoTRADE program.

Tip 4: Smart doesn’t mean you have to buy new lamps, bulbs, and replace appliances

You can use what you have already – your favourite lamps, TV, and appliances can stay. Use something like a smart plug or power strip to automate what you already have. Just make sure you know what system you have and ensure that the smart plug/strip is compatible with the network, like Rogers Smart Home. You can even get some great insights into your power consumption.

Tip 5: Think sustainability when you are shopping

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The eco-friendly solar timepiece with a minimalist design is everlasting, powered by clean and renewable energy, plus made of sustainable material.

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Winston Sih
Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.

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