Saving Energy with the Iris Smart Home System

by Amanda Hearn · 3 comments

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Saving Energy with Iris

We all know that reducing energy consumption is one of the biggest bang-for-your-buck ways to green our homes. Not only does it lessen the environmental impact of creating that energy in the first place, it also lessens the blow on our wallets – and who doesn’t love that?

There are lots of ways to reduce your family’s reliance on energy and to all around save energy from being wasted. I’ve found that using the Iris by Lowe’s products can help in your family’s fight against energy waste and offers a super easy, set-it-and-forget-it method.

Since heating takes about 42% of your home’s energy use, that’s a great place to start. The Iris 7-Day Touch Programmable Thermostat gives you greater control over your home’s heating and cooling, has energy saving features, and is even easily programmable online. Personally, I love how simple (and consistent!) a smart, programmable thermostat makes home life. Also, the Keen Home Smart Vent gives you the option of retrofitting your vent covers with a “smart” version that will adjust and regulate airflow in rooms depending on use and even coordinate with other rooms.

Another area that many homeowners don’t take into account as far as energy usage involves the water heater. You can set your water temperature around 120 degrees (depending on your heater’s requirements), which not only ensures less energy use but also keeps children safer around faucets. A resource like this EnergySmart Water Heater Controller works exclusively in conjunction with select Whirlpool water heaters and allows you to track and control water temperature and even create customized schedules.

Saving Energy with the Iris Smart Home SystemAs for lighting, a great energy saving method is to utilize dimmable switches, particularly when used in conjunction with a great LED lightbulb. An option like the GE Remote Control Lamp Module is an easy choice to control the lighting and energy use in your home with a simple plug-in. Additionally, you can pair bulbs and lighting plugged into the Iris outlets to come on before entering a dark home, off if you’ve forgotten it, etc.

To gain better control over your home’s electricity use, the GE Iris Duplex Electrical Outlet controls your outlets via internet or phone from anywhere. You can even program lights and small appliances to turn on or off at set times, or turn lights on remotely if you’re unexpectedly detained at night. Or, use a super easy plug-in option like the Iris 120-Volt Smart Plug, which offers an easy, no-tools-needed installation.

While we may not all be able to afford solar panels or practically install windmills, we can still reduce our environmental footprint through a variety of energy saving techniques. Iris makes it easy and, most importantly, affordable.

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Amanda Hearn

Amanda Hearn

Founder of The Eco-Friendly Family, design geek, serial tanktopist, content creator, mother, coffee addict, & lover of fun. I am also a partner at Green Child Magazine & Put A Cup In It!
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Daniel June 27, 2017 at 10:19 pm

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