When renovating your house, you want to make sure your home will help you save money in the future, preserve the environment, and upgrade your home’s technology innovations. 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 that 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, the right 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 light bulbs 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, according to EnergyStar.gov. That said, 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 it needs little space to function. Normally set at 125 degrees Fahrenheit, although the temperature can be changed according to your needs, the water heater warms 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 budgets. Solar energy is harvested from the sun, the world’s cleanest and most renewable energy source. A home’s location, the amount of electricity needed and the costs associated with setup are three of the most important factors in making the right choice.
Smart toilets may just be the most popular smart product for homes. They can conserve water, and they also offer personalized settings that let users fine-tune every aspect of their experience to their exact preferences. Putting on the futurist’s cap, we’re just at the beginning of the smart-toilet technology. There are all sorts of health possibilities with this innovation. For example, smart toilets may soon monitor things like weight and body mass and even conduct an analysis of human waste.
Smart tubs can automatically be filled to precisely the desired depth and
temperature of the bather, 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.
The new smart faucet’s wireless programming unit can be optimized for use with electronic faucets. It is used to program these electronic faucets to match environmental demands and user preferences. It unlocks additional options to reduce water consumption, to save power and to improve hygiene. You can turn it in water saver or (surgical) scrub mode.
The programing unit for all of the smart plumbing fixtures provide easy-to-read diagnostics and step-by-step adjustment procedures. The unit will let you know if it needs service, or whether it’s a low battery or another easy-to-address maintenance issue.
Making an investment in energy efficiency is one of the smartest ways to reduce your costs, to benefit the planet, and to increase the value of your state-of-the-art, sustainable property.
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