The current Climate crisis and the evident problems caused by global warming have prompted industries to concentrate on more energy-saving technologies that help reduce (and eliminate completely) the amounts of carbon emissions and pollutants in the atmosphere. With these innovative technologies, we can now all do our part and contribute to the environment, ensuring a better future for the coming generations, while at the same time saving money on energy bills and electricity. Let’s take a look at some of these ideas that have the power to make your home more energy-efficient.
Smart Power Strips are an excellent way to start. These power strips have sensors that can monitor any device in your home and sense when they are not in use. We know that anything that you plug in a power socket continues to consume energy even when the device is turned off (i.e. your stereo, TV, computer, and pretty much everything else that remains plugged in). Smart strips can cut off all power to the device when it reads that it is not being used, thus eliminating the risk of continuous electromagnetic radiation throughout the house – which as we know can turn out to have serious health consequences.
Solar Panels represent one of the earliest methods to lower energy consumption. Gathering energy from the sun to heat water and generate electricity has always been a major concern for scientists, naturally due to the very practical and user-friendly applications of this technology. Solar Panels can be installed anywhere, on your roof, in your garden (even to power garden lights and your Jacuzzi!). They come in two types: evacuated tube collectors/flat plate collectors, and solar photovoltaics. The first are used for solar thermal energy—for heating water primarily, and can be connected to biomass heaters and your boiler. They concentrate the heat from the sun towards water pipes which then heat the water in your boiling tank. The second type, Solar photovoltaics (PVs) are used to generate electricity thanks to solar cells which determine its production and distribution throughout the house based on the amount of sunlight available. There are many reputable companies, like ABB.com, which provide solar panels for residential use as well as for big commercial installations.
Wireless energy monitors are extremely useful to control the amount of electricity used in your home. The Ego Smart Socket and App will enable you to monitor remotely your energy consumption, directly from your smartphone, and to automatically turn on or off any appliance when it’s not being used. The smart sensors can gauge the amount of energy used throughout the days and can program themselves according to past usage based on your habits and preference. They can also replace smart power strips because they have a built-in timer.
Cool roofs are an intelligent method to save on Air Conditioning during hot days. They have a high solar reflectance which means they can bounce light and heat off your home so that heat does not get trapped, and have been found to lower energy consumption by as much as 10-15%. They also prevent what is known as ‘urban heat island’, a process which raises heat levels due to human activity within the home. Green Roofs have similar properties to cool roofs; this implies growing vegetation via a soil system on top of a building or roof, thus reducing the heat that is transferred indoors.
Aside from Solar heating, there are also closed Geothermal Systems which use pumps to extract heat from the ground and heat your house, thanks to heat-collecting water pipes installed underground rather than on your roof. They can also be used in reverse to cool your house. Another alternative is open Geothermal systems, which use a heat pump above ground or near your house to pump hot ground water and send it back into the ground.
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