How Can You Make Your Smart Home Carbon Neutral?

January 20, 2021

One interior design trend that skyrocketed in 2020 was biophilia – the idea of blending nature with our indoor surroundings. Whether it was opening up spaces with large amounts of natural light, or simply changing to a greener colour scheme, we began to embrace the benefits of nature.

As tech innovators, we always want to give something back. That’s why we’re continually following the latest sustainability trends for home technology. To make your home closer to ‘carbon neutral’ in 2021, try these enhancements.

Automating your heating

There’s no shame in wanting a toasty home when you get in – but are you wasting energy heating an empty house? Using a smart thermostat, you can not only automate to ensure your house is at the optimum temperature for when you’re home. You can also view just how much energy your heating is consuming, which naturally encourages better habits. Just log into your smartphone app and go.

Do heaters need to be on full blast in every room? Would a jumper do the trick? Data is key for smart home technology, and with full visibility, you’ll be on your way towards reducing your carbon footprint.

Keeping an eye on your water consumption

The average UK household consumes up to 350 litres of water per day, equating to more than £4,000 in water bills over the course of the year. Reducing your water consumption starts right in your bathroom – and again, it all comes down to data.

These smart shower heads warn users when they have used a certain amount of water, cycling through four different LED lights. If you go into the red, you’ll know your shower has consumed 50 litres of water – while the green is a much more environmentally friendly 10.

Saving on unused devices

Did you know that devices can still contribute to your energy use even when they’re not turned on? By unplugging, we can save up to 10% on our electricity bills per year. You can use technology such as this 4 in 1 sensor to determine which devices are not in use, and therefore which ones you can unplug.

These sensors also help to automate lighting, turning off lights when the room is at the optimum brightness, and slowly dialling back up if it becomes dark. Likewise, they can be automated only to activate when a user enters the room.

Minimising food waste

Another terrifying statistic is that the UK throws away 6.6 million tonnes of food each year. The good news is that this is 2million tonnes less that we were throwing away in 2007, but there is still work to be done.

This is where smart refrigerators come in. Not only can these tools re-order food based on your buying habits; they can also warn you if food is about to spoil. Minimise waste and get more inventive in the kitchen with food that’s kept at optimum temperatures!

Knowing your suppliers

While it will make a huge difference to install these technologies in your home, you can also take more responsibility as a consumer. When buying your home tech, look for information such as:

  • If it was made using sustainable manufacturing methods
  • If the materials were recycled/can be recycled in future
  • If it was made locally
  • Energy consumption ratings
  • Accreditations, such as the ISO 14001 Green Mark.

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