You don't have to wait until Earth Day to conserve energy, save money and do your part to help save the environment! While some initiatives are more long term and require a bit of an investment, other measures are more of a quick fix and easy to implement. Below are some suggestions of a few planet-friendly products available from Verizon that are hassle-free and affordable.
Nest Learning Thermostat
This thermostat learns your schedule and programs itself to adjust temperatures when you’re not home. Leaving work earlier than usual? Control the Nest Learning Thermostat while away from home using your compatible mobile device.
Setup is simple, and a monthly energy report that you receive via email helps you see the big picture for your energy usage.
Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Kit
Philips Hue enables you to create and control light using your compatible smartphone or tablet, helping you conserve electricity, while personalizing your atmosphere. The LED technology inside every Hue wireless LED bulb can display different tones of white light and recreate any color in the spectrum.
And, if you sync up your Hue Lighting with Nest, the two will work together for added energy savings and home comfort.
Examples of hue light recipes that incorporate Nest include: Set to Home and turn your Philips hue bulbs on (your home temperature will switch to "Home" mode which is a temperature you pre-selected during Nest set up), Nest-away hue off (when Nest is set to "Away" mode, hue will shut off the lights), if Nest thermostat rises above x degrees change your Philips hue bulbs to red, etc. There are so many possibilities and multiple ways to ensure your comfort and convenience, while saving energy, as you come and go.
Panasonic SolarSmart Charger
Harness the power of the sun with this smart accessory. The Panasonic SolarSmart Charger converts sunlight into energy for many small devices such as smartphones and MP3 players. The unit comes with AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries, so you can keep remote controls and toys operating on low-cost power.
If you need to charge it at night, the included USB cord powers the device from a computer. The device also functions as a light source with several settings including an emergency flashing LED light, or you can simply use it as a nightlight.
Belkin WeMo Light Switch
Replace your light switch with a connected one using the WeMo Light Switch. The gadget converts a compatible smartphone or tablet into a remote using Wi-Fi or a mobile data connection.
With the WeMo Light Switch, not only can you save energy by programming your lights to turn on or off at specified times, but you can also set them to respond to the sun. Using the app, program your porch lights to turn on at sunset and off at sunrise.
ION Air Copy Scanner
Declutter your home and reduce paper use with this portable scanner, the ION Air Copy Scanner. Instantly digitize documents and send them via Wi-Fi directly to your tablet, smartphone or computer. Scan photos, business cards, receipts or documents up to standard legal size, then organize them for easy reference later.
Verizon Wall Charger with Fast Charge Technology for Micro USB
Quick charging and energy saving come together in this compact wall charger from Verizon.
Helping save you time, this device will charge up to 75% faster* thanks to Quick Charge™ 2.0 Technology or Adaptive Fast Charging. Helping you save energy, MicroDraw™ technology automatically reduces power consumption when not actively charging a device.
The charger even has an LED connector light so you don’t have to fumble in the dark trying to connect your device. Since the charge and sync cable measures a generous 4 feet long, you can plug into those hard-to-reach places and still keep your phone nearby.
*Qualcomm® QuickCharge 2.0 (5V/9V) or Adaptive Fast Charging device is required to experience up to 75% faster charging rates.