Honeywell's new thermostat can help maximize energy efficiency

Honeywell is a paid advertiser of Sonoran Living.

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn't need to be expensive or difficult. Try these tips and tricks ahead of Earth Day for you to 'go-green' year round.

In the morning
Brew "certified" coffee. It may sound strange, but when purchasing, look for USDA Certified Organic label - this means it was grown under sustainable standards, enabling coffee drinkers to start their day in a sustainable way! Not brewing at home? No problem! Take a travel cup to local java joints; many will fill it at a discount - and you're eliminating waste in the process.

During your commute
We are often hurrying to and from places, but consider slowing down during your daily commute. Every 10mph you drive above 60mph is like adding 50 cents to the price of a gallon of gas. You should also work with your local mechanic to ensure your car is in-tune; for example, a new oxygen sensor should be replaced every two years and alone can improve mileage by as much as 15 percent.

At work
Be sure to configure printers and copiers at work to print on both sides of the page to guarantee paper is not wasted. Also, if you know you have a long meeting and will be away from your computer for more than 20 minutes, change it to sleep mode to reduce energy usage.

At home
According to Energy Star, if everyone used a smart thermostat, we would save 56 trillion BTUs of energy and offset 13 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year, equivalent to the emissions of 1.2 million vehicles. Try investing in a smart thermostat like the Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi - it's worth it! This thermostat tracks your phone's location using geofencing and automatically manages your home's temperature for when you're home, away or sleeping. This ensures your home is maximizing its energy efficiency, and saving you money on your energy bill at the same time. You can purchase the Lyric T5 at www.yourhome.honeywell.com, or at local retailers like Home Depot and Lowes!

Before Bed
Plug all of your devices - such as TV's, computers, and printers - into a UL-certified power strip. Be sure to switch the whole group off before going to sleep to prevent unnecessary electrical draw. 

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