With the spring season’s new growth and the cold weather behind us, April is a time to rejoice in the natural splendor of Mother Nature. And holidays like Earth Day, April 22, and National Arbor Day, April 29, are here to help remind us about the importance of protecting our planet.
Conserving energy is one of the best ways to do that—and it doesn’t hurt that it can often save you money in the process. This week, in a salute to conservation, we’re sharing a few easy ways for you to help the planet with five spring energy savings devices for your home.
Smart Plugs and Power Strips
These energy-saving devices conserve energy by cutting off power to devices when not in use. Items such as computers, monitors, TVs and printers, for example, continue to suck electricity in standby mode, even when you’re not actively using them. Smart plugs and power strips are an easy solution to these energy vampires. They’re programmable, letting you determine turn-off times at set hours, and some even let you control them remotely with a single press of a button and monitor electricity usage. Here are some we like:
Energy Efficient Showerheads
Installing energy efficient shower heads is a great way to help conserve energy at home. You’ll save by using less water and, if you’ve got an electric water heater, the amount of energy you’re using to keep showering comfortable. Here are a couple of our choices:
Whether you’re looking to light a darkened foot path or need more light for a little late-night reading, solar-powered lighting is the energy-saving way to go. Check these brands out:
With so many devices that need to be charged these days, purchasing a solar-powered charger is an easy way to cut down on your energy expenses. And you can take them with you when you’re on the go, so you can stay charged anywhere. Here are some options to get you started:
- Kudo Solar Case (for iPads)
- BigBlue Solar Charger
- Hilucky Outdoor Portable Solar Bank
- Blavor Qi Solar Power Bank
Smart Irrigation Controllers
If you’re a homeowner in this warmer weather, you’re likely looking for more efficient ways to take care of your thirsty yard. Programmable smart irrigation systems can make it easy. Many will monitor the moisture content in your yard and landscaping and automatically adjust to water at optimum levels—helping you conserve this precious resource while maintaining the prettiest yard on the block. Here are three highly rated smart irrigation systems:
- Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controllers
- Orbit Indoor/Outdoor Smart Sprinkler Controller
- Netro Smart Sprinkler Controller
At Gas South, we strive to "Be A Fuel For Good." And part of that mission is to help preserve the planet for future generations. That’s why we’ve committed to investing over $50 million to solar projects by the end of 2023. And it’s why we offer options like paperless billing to help you save trees, keep the air cleaner and cut down on the amount of paper waste that ends up in landfills. Caring for the planet is just one of the ways Gas South makes a difference. And the difference is good.
Join us—as a patron, volunteer, employee or customer—in our mission to do our part in protecting the planet. Learn more about our "Be a Fuel for Good" initiatives today.