You Might Already Be Involved in Earth Day

Angela Remmert by Angela Remmert | 04.22.2014

If you’re offering Connected Home benefits, you are already doing something to help the Earth.

Every Wednesday, it amazes me to see that my family of three has recycled enough cereal boxes or soda bottles to fill up a garbage pail. I make sure I recycle as much as I can, but I know that I can do more.  Today is Earth Day and people around the world are doing more to make the Earth a safer place.

If you don’t have the time to participate in an event today, you probably are already doing something that’s making a difference.  If you’re installing the LYNX Touch or Tuxedo Touch for your customers, you’re providing them with a way to save energy and money by automating actions like shutting off a light or turning down the thermostat.

For Earth Day 2013, I blogged about our Connected Home solutions and showcased a variety of how-to videos that you can share with your customers. In addition to these videos, we also have a consumer web site that clearly explain the benefits of a Connected Home.

If you feel like you want to do a little more, making a few simple changes does add up. Here are some easy things that you can do beyond recycling yesterday’s paper. For the full list, check out this website from the EPA.

  1. Run Your Dishwasher on a Full Load Only: This can prevent 100 pounds of carbon pollution and save you $40 on your water bill.
  2. Take a Shower: A shower uses much less water than taking a bath. Conserving water conserves energy and reduces carbon pollution.
  3. Insulate Water Heaters: If you have an older water heater, you can save energy and prevent carbon pollution by wrapping it with an insulating jacket. This saves more than $30 per year on utility bills.
  4. Plug in to Power Strips: Powering devices while they are in a low power accounts for more than $11 billion in annual US energy costs! Using a power strip for your computer and all peripheral equipment allows you to completely disconnect the power supply, eliminating standby power consumption and reducing carbon pollution.
  5. Wash Clothes in Cold Water: Hot water heating accounts for about 90% of the energy your machine uses to wash clothes — only 10% goes to electricity used by the washer motor.

Happy Earth Day!