How Science Helped our Homes be Energy-Efficient

Technology is advancing every day and the need for more energy is also increasing. The linear progression of energy consumption is going to be bad for us all if not handled correctly, so energy efficiency has become a priority for every industry. The more advanced technology gets, the more energy sources are utilized. Homes nowadays use about double the energy homes in the 80s needed. Trying to conserve energy has been the sensible course of action; for the environment is mostly polluted by non-environmentally-friendly energy sources.

Conserving energy also means conserving money, it may be expensive to get all the environment-friendly system running at first, but it definitely saves a lot of money in the long run. Thanks to science, it is becoming a lot easier for people to make their homes run on efficient, cheaper and cleaner energy sources. We’ll be reviewing some of the best ways to make your home energy-efficient.

Smart Thermostat

When you’re switching from a common analog thermostat you may feel that a smart thermostat is just an overpriced thermostat. That is not really true, heating and cooling is responsible for about half the energy consumption in homes.

Smart thermostats sure cost more than ordinary ones, but they save you a lot of money. Some smart thermostats have the ability to remember the preferences of temperature and their time. Most of smart thermostats can be controlled remotely and work in sync with HVAC to control the temperature of your home from anywhere with internet access.

Magnetic Cooling

A technology based on the phenomenon of magnetocaloric—variance in temperature according to the magnetic field— was created by General Electric and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It was incorporated in refrigerators introducing water-based cooling fluid, which makes it more efficient and healthier in cooling while saving you energy and money.

Solar Panels

The solar panels used to be very expensive and out of reach for many homes, fortunately, nowadays getting the solar panels is much cheaper than it used to be 10 years ago. It is still expensive to set up and buy the panels, but if you can afford it, then you should definitely consider it.

The efficiency comes from the fact that you are producing your own energy/electricity instead of buying it from a provider. Solar energy is considered one of the cleanest sources of energy available, no pollution whatsoever to the environment.

Smarter Homes

A smart home means a house that you can control many of its elements through your electronic devices like phones and tablets. As long as the appliances in your home are connected to the internet it can provide you with live data so you could monitor it while you’re away. You can control lighting, temperature, air access, and humid with a few taps.

Final Thoughts

It may look like your home is a few steps away from becoming sentient, unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for science to reach that point yet. Science is taking strides in home and quality of life improvement every day. You should always research the newest utilities and systems according to the level of convenience, you’re looking for that may, of course, suit on your budget. Have an energy-efficient home!

About Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is the Founder of EcoMENA, and an international consultant, advisor, ecopreneur and journalist with expertise in waste management, waste-to-energy, renewable energy, environment protection and sustainable development. His geographical areas of focus include Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Salman has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects in the areas of biomass energy, biogas, waste-to-energy, recycling and waste management. He has participated in numerous conferences and workshops as chairman, session chair, keynote speaker and panelist. Salman is the Editor-in-Chief of EcoMENA, and is a professional environmental writer with more than 300 popular articles to his credit. He is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management and environmental sustainability in different parts of the world. Salman Zafar can be reached at salman@ecomena.org or salman@bioenergyconsult.com
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