When renovating your house, you want to make sure your home will help you save money in the future, preserve the environment as well as make your home the most technologically advanced. Not sure where to start? Use these suggestions to make sure you’re making environmentally friendly smart home improvements.
Doors and Windows
The problem with poorly sealed doors and windows is they let air flow in and out of the home. This means that your HVAC systems have to work harder to keep the house at a constant temperature, which wastes energy and costs you money. With new products on the market, windows and doors can reduce your energy bills by up to 15 percent while helping protect the environment.
The types of light fixtures you choose to install in your home can have an effect on how much energy you’re using. Opt for EnergyStar certified lightbulbs and fixtures, which use 75% less energy than traditional bulbs, last up to 25 times longer, and can help save up to $135 over the bulb’s lifetime, says EnergyStar.gov. But efficient light fixtures aren’t all you have to think about. Consider how you can use natural light to your advantage, so you don’t have to use extra bulbs in the first place. For instance, you might consider using a skylight design with your home to cut down on the amount of light fixtures you need.
Tankless Water heater
The beauty of a tankless water heater is that it heats water only when you need it, it never runs out of hot water and needs little space to function. Normally set at 125 degrees Fahrenheit — although the temperature can be changed according to your needs — the water heater heats water as it flows through, instead of sitting dormant waiting to be used. Depending on your hot water consumption, you can save 40 to 50 percent off your water heating bill.
With energy costs rising and an increase in environmental concerns, homeowners are looking to solar power to benefit the planet and their packets. Solar energy is harvested from the sun — the world’s cleanest and most renewable energy source. A home’s location, amount of electricity needed and costs associated with setup are three of the most important factors in making the right choice.
Smart plumbing fixtures
Smart toilets maybe most popular smart product. They can conserve water, and also offer personalized settings that let users fine-tune every aspect of their experience to their exact preferences. Putting on the futurists cap, we’re at the just the beginning of the smart-toilet technology. There are all sorts of health possibilities here — for example, with toilets that can monitor things like weight and body mass and even do an analysis of human waste.
Smart tubs can automatically be filled to precisely the desired depth and temperature, reducing time spent physically monitoring the filling of the tub. Both the auto-fill and auto-drain functionalities can be controlled with simple voice commands or through the app.
New smart faucets’ wireless programming unit can be optimized for use with electronic faucets. It is used to program these electronic faucets to match environmental demands or user preferences. It unlocks additional options to reduce water consumption, save power and improve hygiene. You can turn it in water saver or (surgical) scrub mode. The programing unit for all of the smart plumbing fixtures can provide easy-to-read diagnostics and step-by-step adjustment procedures. The unit will let you know if it needs service — whether it’s a low battery or another easy-to-address maintenance issue.
Making investment in energy efficiency is one of the smartest way to reduce your cost, benefit the planet and increase the value of your property.