The Modern Family’s Devices

A father, mother, son and daughter standing in their front lawn. The son gives the daughter bunny ears.

If you are struck by the amount of screens, gaming controls, charging stations and cords that have become fixtures in your home, you’re not alone. The typical American family is well connected and owns a variety of electronic devices.

Consumer electronics coupled with the growing array of smart home appliances and technology have slowly, but steadily, changed our homes and lifestyles. The increased reliance on our many devices has new implications for home energy use and efficiency.

Using Smart Technology to Manage Energy Savings

So, how can we save energy when we are using more electronic devices than ever? The answer may lie with those same electronic devices that have become indispensable to modern living. In many cases, energy savings is a touchscreen away as more apps enable you to monitor energy use, including Benton REA’s SmartHub.

From the convenience of your mobile device, smart technologies can maximize your ability to manage electricity use across several platforms—controlling your thermostat, appliances, water heater, home electronics and other devices. One of the easiest ways to make an impact on energy efficiency is with a smart thermostat.

Using your mobile device, you can monitor your energy use and adjust the settings accordingly. Some smart thermostats automatically adjust your heating and cooling settings to keep pace with changes in household routines while saving energy.

You can also buy Energy Star-certified appliances. Many include smart technology features, such as refrigerators that can tell you when maintenance is required or when a door has been left open.

Old School Savings for New Tools

Time-tested methods of energy efficiency can still be applied.

Computers, printers, phones and gaming consoles are notorious “vampire power” users, meaning they drain energy when not in use. If items can be turned off without disrupting your lifestyle, consider plugging them into a power strip that can be turned on and off or placed on a timer.

Smart power strips use infrared or motion sensors and automatically turn off power to devices when no one is home to use them.

While modern life involves greater dependence on technology, your best resource for saving energy and money remains your electric co-op.

Regardless of your level of technical expertise, Benton REA can provide guidance on energy savings based on your account information, energy use, weather patterns and factors unique to you.

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