The movie “The Inconvenient Truth” opens ones eyes to how humans play the victims and the villains of global warming. Whether you like Gore or not, he gives a compelling presentation on the evidence on Global Warming. The film shows beautiful scenery and how it compares to 50 years ago. The disappearance of snow, the breaking of glaciers, stronger then usual storms and what we face if we don\’t take action.

“Most emissions from homes are from the fossil fuels burned to generate electricity and heat. By using energy more efficiently at home, you can reduce your emissions and lower your energy bills by more than 30%.” ~The Inconvenient Truth

Since this is a blog about home technology… Lets start with 5 simple ways to be more eco-friendly by utilizing the right technology in your home:

1. )Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb

“CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. If every family in the U.S. made the switch, we\’d reduce carbon dioxide by more than 90 billion pounds!” ~The Inconvenient Truth

2.) With the use of home automation systems (specifically integration of lighting, heating/cooling, and security) there are many ways to save energy. You can drop the temperature automatically at night and raise in the morning by simply hitting the ‘sleep\’ button on your security system before bed. Why not drop the temperature a few degrees when you\’re at work? Or utilize the lights ‘all off\’ function to make sure energy isn\’t wasted on unnecessary lighting. It\’s as simple as hitting the “away” button on your security system on your way out the door.

Almost half of the energy we use in our homes goes to heating and cooling. You could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simply adjusting your thermostat by 2º. ~The Inconvenient Truth

3.) Use occupancy sensors in area\’s that lights get left on (think closets, garages, laundry rooms) to detect if here has been any movement in a room… if no one is there, the lights will go automatically go off.

4.) Automate your blinds to coordinate with the amount of daylight and the season. For example, in the summer when the sun is beating in on the house, the blinds are closed to keep the heat out and reduce the need for air-conditioning. Yet, in the winter, blinds can automatically open allowing for the warmth from the sun, reducing the need for heating inside the home.

5.) Smart Irrigation systems can sense whether it has rained in the last 24 hours. If it has, it will skip it\’s regularly scheduled watering. Or make use of grey water retention tanks and access the status via touch screens in the home.