5 Technologies to Reduce Your Home’s Carbon Footprint
Our everyday choices all have impacts on our planet, and more and more people are trying to live more sustainably. The world is being flooded with new technologies, many of which aim to reduce homes’ carbon footprint by increasing their energy efficiency.
So, take a look at 5 smart technologies that’ll significantly reduce your energy consumption at home in the next few years:
1 - Smart Meters
Smart meters raise awareness into energy consumption, therefore encouraging people to use it more wisely. This means that they are not only cheaper for the user, but kinder to the planet.
By being able to monitor energy consumption, users are more likely to make energy-saving choices, meaning less power will need to be produced and, therefore, less emissions will be generated from this production. Moreover, smart meters also reduce the consumption of resources and pollutants associated with utility services such as meter readings.
2 - Automated Blinds
Simply closing your curtains or blinds during certain hours of the day or night can significantly reduce your home’s heat loss.
Smart window blinds can be remotely open or closed and allow you to even create an automated schedule for each room, ensuring you’ll not only be saving money on heating and cooling but tremendously improving your home’s energy efficiency.
3 - Thermostats
Smart thermostats help you remotely control your home’s temperature and offer features that allow you to tailor your central heating to the specific needs of your lifestyle.
What’s more, you will also receive reports that’ll help you better understand your heating usage and will allow you to adjust your preferences accordingly, reducing your heat usage and inevitably improving your home’s efficiency.
4 - Heat Recovery Systems
The traditional process of warming up your house is not very efficient - warm air circulates around a property, turns stale, and gets replaced by colder air, which is then heated by the heating system once more.
By using a heat recovery system, you’ll be able to recycle this warm air rather than lose it, significantly reducing not only your utility bills but also your carbon emissions.
5 - Lights
A smart lighting system can be remotely controlled and even programmed, allowing you to ensure you’re not wasting any energy.
Better still, smart bulbs also use much less power than traditional halogen light bulbs, and dimming features reduce both the amount of light emitted and the amount of energy being used, making smart lighting much more eco-friendly and efficient.