5 Energy Saving Products on Kickstarter That Should Have Been Funded

At first glance it may not seem like a desk lamp, light controller, window blinds, ventilation system and shower head would have much in common. Yet lovers of all things green may immediately know better.

Each of these is a product on Kickstarter that tried – and failed – to raise enough funds to get the ideas off the ground. Each offers creative ways to make life easier. But beyond that, each adds convenience while simultaneously taking the guess work out of ways to save energy in the home.

What exactly are we missing out on from the Kickstarter realm, where creativity meets productivity?

5 energy saving products on Kickstarter that should have been funded:

1 – HeronLED Personal Task Light

Based in California, LittleFootprint Lighting is a manufacturer of LED task lighting products that are made in the USA from recycled materials. With a goal to reduce the carbon footprint of lighting “one little desk lamp at a time,” the company sought to raise funds to help with product design of the HuronLED lamp.

The lamp uses up to 10 times less energy compared to conventional desk lamps, and features replaceable LED bulbs that last at least 15 years.

The Kickstarter campaign met just under half of its $15,000 goal, which was earmarked to help with production costs.

2 – Shade Light Switch – An Automated Lighting Controller

Starting at $78 per switch, the shade Switch helps cut energy costs by knowing when more light is needed or when to lower lightbulb output.
The wi-fi controllable light switch adapts to how you interact with the lighting in your home by automatically adjust to your preferences throughout the day. It interacts with Phillips Hue, Lux and other smart bulbs that can cost as much as $300 a piece.

According to the Kickstarter page, “Shade learns and adapts to how you interact with your smart bulbs, providing automated color scheduling and allows you to get the maximum enjoyment from your smart bulbs with minimum effort.”
The campaign sought to raise $125,000, but earned $10,513 from 55 backers.

3 – Embue Vent

The science behind it is complicated, but the solution this product offers is simple. Embue seeks to deliver per-room sensing and controls for the “ultimate in comfort and energy savings,” according to the Kickstarter page.

The system addresses a common desire of homeowners who would like to control temperatures in individual rooms. The company’s newest addition to their Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning product line does just that.

Embue Vent replaces existing registers with ones that are affordable, reliable and automated. The system works together with central air vents to match personal comfort preferences, patterns of activity or energy-saving goals.

The automation allows for occupancy-based optimizations that are capable of reducing energy bills by up to 25 percent, according to the Kickstarter page.

$70,367 of the $125,000 goal was raised through its Kickstarter campaign.

4 – iBlinds – Home Automation for your Window Blinds

If you’re trying to cut energy costs, it is not smart to turn a blind eye toward your windows. Controlling the blinds in your home can be a headache, so iBlinds uses Z-Wave technology to enable homeowners to control blinds anytime from anywhere.

“The iBlinds kit is made for homeowners and landlords who would like to save time and money on energy bills and to have an automated solution which makes their lives more comfortable and secure,” the Kickstarter page reads.

The campaign brought in $20,714 of its $30,000 goal, which was pledged to help with product development.

5 – Sprav Element Meter

Even the most energy conscious folks tend to agree. Sometimes there is just nothing like a long, warm shower. Yet there are tools out there to help keep shower time in check.

At a minimal investment of $20, the Sprav Element Meter is a wireless meter that helps you control water and energy consumption. The device monitors shower times to help encourage its users to take shorter showers, seeking to save customers up to 20 percent, or as much as $50, in shower costs per year.

Sprav earned support from 548 backers who pledged $30,156 of the $80,000 goal to help with product development.

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Home Buyers Seeking Energy Efficient Homes

As the Baby Boomers have reached retirement age, they are scaling down their living spaces and expenses.   They will likely make-up the majority of the one in three U.S. households planning to move within the next five years.

According to Nielsen’s Demand Institute, US citizens of all ages will:

  • Invest over $7.4 trillion purchasing homes
  • $2.2 trillion renting
  • $700 billion renovating their current homes to prepare them for sale

Making a decision regarding housing encompasses many factors: where to go; buy or rent, Most often two different things.  The Demand Institute refers to this variance as the housing satisfaction gap. Recently the institute conducted a survey to identify the top ten features Americans want but don’t have in a residence.  The first choice among those polled…Energy Efficient Homes.  Surprised?  You shouldn’t be.

It’s important to remember that utility bills represent a significant portion of household budgets on an ongoing basis. The Demand Institute’s survey revealed that “Average household spending on home electricity has grown 56% since 2000 – compared to 38% for other housing-related expenses.” But cost wasn’t the only consideration.  Responses from a demographic that included several generations, both genders, and every socio-economic condition demonstrated a sound understanding of the impact of carbon emissions. They are tired of rewarding fossil fuel providers with higher fees for dirty energy.  They want energy that is clean as well as affordable.  Most importantly, citizens are clearly committed to leaving a safer planet for future generations.

Although Energy Efficiency was the first choice of home buyers, it wasn’t the only option they were seeking.  Others included:

  • Renovation ready – Approximately 78% of homeowners plan to invest on renovations to prepare their own homes for sale.  When they buy, they will be seeking homes that are new or require little if any renovations
  • Updated kitchens – Over 35% of homeowner respondents are unhappy with their present kitchens.  Trends indicate home owners will be seeking to upgrade their kitchens and buyer will be looking for modern kitchens with energy efficient appliances
  • Safe Neighborhoods – No matter the age bracket, homeowners want safer neighborhoods.  Crime rate will play for those seeking to buy a new home
  • Affordable homes – Homeowners want to be able to enjoy life as well as own a home.  They don’t want to fall into that category known as house poor. According to the Demand Institute’s s poll,   close to “40 million households in the U.S. are considered to have a housing cost burden because they spend 30% or more of their income on housing expenses”. Investigating the upkeep such as interior and exterior maintenance, lawn-care, and energy efficiency is just as important a considering the cost of the mortgage, taxes, insurance, and condo association fees (when applicable), etc.
  • Space – Many respondents, particularly those with children are seeking homes with more storage space.  Youngsters accumulate all kinds of things like books, toys, games, sporting equipment, etc.  Adults require their fair share of space, as well.  Storage always turns-out to be a plus
  • Real Estate as an investment – According to the Demand Poll, 77% of Americans believe homeownership remains a solid investment

In the market for a new home and want to know what to look for? Planning on downsizing and want to make your home more buyer-friendly? Contact us today for more information on what an energy efficient home really looks like! 856-809-2744.

Energy Efficiency Products Favored Among Smart Tech

We hear a lot of chatter about new ‘smart’ things—smart TVs, smart fridges, smart washers and dryers…But while there’s been a whole lot of talking, there hasn’t been nearly as much buying.

According to an infographic from MarketingWeek, consumers are skeptical about the cost of some smart technology and the role it will play in their lives.

Attitudes towards smart technology for the home aren’t all bad though. Of the consumers polled, smart lighting and smart thermostats were shown to be the most highly considered smart tech purchases.

People get it, saving energy saves money.

Evident by the above data, energy efficiency products could be favored among smart tech products for two reasons. For one, it seems energy efficiency products are widely understood. Per Energy Star, 80 percent of U.S. consumers recognize and understand their label, collectively buying an estimated 300 million ENERGY STAR qualified products every year.

Consumers know that investments in smart products such as lighting can deliver energy savings that offer a nice return on their investment. This obviously makes the price, the biggest factor when researching a purchase, more justifiable.

Hey, Google gets it too!

In addition to price, energy efficiency products could be favored among smart tech products because of their ability to increase comfort and overall quality of life.

Take the company Nest, who was acquired by Google in February 2014 for $3.2 billion dollars, and their Smart Thermostat (pictured above) for example.  Nest’s Smart Thermostat learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled from your phone. The combined convenience and additional savings factor—an un-programmed thermostat can waste 20% of your heating and cooling bill—aligns perfectly with consumer attitudes and buying.

While a company like Google’s intentions may be more data driven than savings centric, their investment in a smart tech company like Nest does speak volume. Energy efficiency products are the front runners in the growing smart tech market and should remain that way for some time.