There are two reasons you should have a smart, energy efficient home. One, individual actions can significantly contribute to reducing climate change. Two, there will be a reduction in the amount you spend on providing energy for you and your family. Want some ideas on how you can save money on your energy bill and be ahead of the curve? Read on for ways you can use technology to save energy in your home today.
Wireless Energy Monitors
Also known as a smart energy meter, a wireless energy monitor is a valuable tool for homeowners. It allows you to track the energy consumption in your home. Once you know how power is being used, you can make smarter decisions on how to conserve energy. Some utility companies are using them to provide more accurate readings. Where in the past you would have to pay for estimated usage, these monitors can precisely track what you’ve used. More people should install these devices in their homes. The perceived security weaknesses are one reason why take up has been slow, however.
Electrochromatic smart glass uses technology to change the color of glass by using electricity. This can either be hands-off, by setting an automatic control or done manually with an app on your phone. In homes, this can change your clear glass to dark when the summer sun is particularly bright. In the winter, you can let in more light and heat, therefore saving energy on heating bills. The technology isn’t restricted to homes either. It is also currently used to make passengers at airports more comfortable. The globe at the CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is also made of smart glass. While it may not be cheap now, it will be much more affordable in the future.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
A geothermal heat pump works by collecting heat from underground. That heat is then used to warm your house, and in hotter weather, can be used to cool it down. Most systems are closed loop, which means they circulate fluid through plastic tubes. Think of it as an underground version of a solar panel, which gets energy from the sun. One of the main advantages of this type of energy source is that it can be used in any kind of climate. The other advantage is that after the initial investment, these pumps can last for a very long time. You could use the pump for up to 25 years.
The Internet of Things
The internet or smart devices have a number of applications that reduce the amount of energy we use. Companies have integrated devices like Amazon Echo and Alexa to control everything from water sprinklers to coffee machines and ceiling fans. You can automate and track how you consume in order to set things like timed lights that shut off when you leave home. The devices can also use their technology to heat or cool more efficiently based on their settings and the data they receive.