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7 Energy-Saving Products

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 26, 2017 3:48:08 PM

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These smart products offer turnkey upgrades for rentals old and new.

“Smart house” technology is rapidly becoming a sought-after feature for homebuyers, with many saying that they only want to purchase a house with such capabilities. While newer rental structures can hold their own as a suitable alternative to homeownership, renters and landlords of older apartment buildings might feel left out of this rush toward green tech. But SRV Network Inc. Chief Technology Officer Karl Volkman says there are many easily available products that can add luster to an otherwise dated dwelling. Here are some everyday items that bring a high-tech feel to any multi-family home or apartment.

August Smart Lock

Renters and landlords can upgrade an existing lock (without harming the door). Users can use their Android or iOS smartphones to lock and unlock the door, create virtual keys for guests, and keep track of who comes and goes. Access can also be granted for only a few weeks, hours, minutes, or even specific dates and times. When done, guest access can be deleted time in an instant.


August Smart Lock

Belkin Wemo Insight Smart Plug

Anyone who has ever panicked that someone may have left an appliance on (a safety hazard and a possibly big electric expense for all concerned) can rest a bit easier, according to Volkman. Wemo grants control of lights and small appliances from anywhere via smartphones, tablets, Nest and Amazon Alexa.


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Delta Breez Integrity Fan with Bluetooth Speaker

Residents can enjoy favorite music, or hear real-time news, weather, traffic or sports while the energy-efficient fan quietly ventilates the bathroom. The fan quickly pairs with most Bluetooth wireless devices, which makes for no-hassle use. Meanwhile, the product easily installs as a new or retrofit device, allowing for a fast apartment upgrade.



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Florida Eco Products Waterpebble

This eco-friendly gadget helps landlords and renters stay on top of water usage by monitoring the water flow and amount of time people spend in the shower. It uses a “traffic light” system: When the device is green, start showering; when it’s yellow, time is half up; and at red, it’s time to towel off. Providing the device to each apartment can reduce water bills while also lowering a building’s carbon footprint, Volkman says.


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Whirlpool Compact Washer and Dryer Combos 

An easy green upgrade, Whirlpool’s energy-efficient True Ventless Heat Pump Compact Dryer and Compact Washer with Detergent Dosing Aid Option fit perfectly in small laundry rooms or apartments due to narrow width and lack of dryer vent hosing. Plus, the convenient top-bottom setup of the stacked unit makes it easy to transfer clothes between cycles.



To upgrade an apartment’s security, SimpliSafe is an awesome bet for renters and landlord, according to Volkman. It’s easy to install, and requires no phone lines or yearly contracts. Users can access the system from a smartphone or laptop, and even set police alerts for items such as liquor cabinets or gun safes.


simplehuman Sensor Mirror

A prime amenity for a bathroom, the Sensor Mirror lights up automatically as a user’s face approaches, Volkman says. It simulates natural sunlight, allowing a person to see full color variation. And, unlike traditional makeup vanity mirrors’ bulb lighting, the long-lasting LEDs will be fully functional for many years.



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