NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 19, 2013) - Home energy use may be second only to automobiles, but consumer awareness is driving production of quality solutions. "Thanks to major strides in design and manufacturing, going green no longer means trading away performance," says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit (http://www.moneypit.com). "The Home Depot's Eco Options program makes it easy to choose leading products for maximum energy efficiency."
Kraeutler and co-host Leslie Segrete suggest upgrading home efficiency and performance this Earth Day with the following Eco Options.
Customizable home comfort
"The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat not only helps you customize home comfort, but also blends with your décor," says Segrete. "You can control temperature settings by computer, tablet or smart phone, and the color of the easy-to-read touch-screen display can be changed to match a paint color or your mood." The Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat offers precise temperature control with easy installation and setup. Learn more at http://www.wifithermostat.com.
Clog-free, water-saving performance
American Standard's Champion 4 Max offers clog-free performance with valuable water savings. "It's powerful enough to flush a bucket of golf balls, and the flapperless system conserves water and money," says Kraeutler. "Plus, its EverClean antimicrobial surface inhibits the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria." Easy to install, the tall-height Champion 4 Max toilet includes a slow-close seat and either a rounded or elongated bowl. Visit http://www.americanstandard.com.
Beautiful, efficient LED lighting
"You can get beautiful home lighting on a lot less energy with Cree LED bulbs," says Segrete. "They look and light like traditional incandescents, but use at least 84 percent less energy and last 25 times longer." Cree LED bulbs last 25,000 hours and save enough energy to pay for themselves in just over a year. Choose from warm interior light or cool daylight bulb designed for outdoor and residential work spaces, and learn more at http://www.creebulb.com.
Smart interior lighting control
"If you're tired of asking who left the lights on, stop the hassle and start saving energy with a Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch," advises Kraeutler. "It automatically turns lights on when you enter a room, and off again when you leave." Maestro installs in as little as 15 minutes and works with all types of light bulbs. It detects fine motions to keep lights on while you're in a room, and has an adjustable time delay for shutoff. Explore Maestro at http://www.lutronsensors.com.
Greet with style and energy savings
"Spruce up a drafty, dated entryway with an energy-saving entry or storm door from The Home Depot's Eco Options," says Segrete. "Fiberglass entry doors offer the look of wood without the maintenance but five times more efficiency, and the right storm door can trim energy bills while letting in more light and warm-weather ventilation." Check out Feather River fiberglass entry doors and Andersen storm doors at http://www.homedepot.com.
For more green home ideas, see: http://www.moneypit.com/gallery/save-money-energy