In an ever environmentally-friendly world, ensuring that your home is helping protect and save the planet has become a big business. In the last 5 years we've seen a surge in 'green technology' come onto the market allowing homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint.
Advances in technology have meant that not only have our home devices become more environmentally friendly, but the tasks that they undertake can also help improve the environment. With this in mind, here are a few examples of how homeowners can make their home more environmentally friendly using green technology.
Smart WiFi bulbs
In recent years there has been an explosion of smart WiFi connected bulbs making their way into UK homes. Integrating with connected home systems like Amazon Alexa or Apple HomeKit, these bulbs can be managed via app or voice command.
The main benefit from this system is how homeowners can combine bulbs with their home system to create geofences. These geofences let the system know when you leave your home, and as such, turn off all your lighting. This not only saves households hundreds in electricity costs but reduces the amount of energy used that potentially would've been wasted.
Home solar panels
Solar panel technology used to be something restricted to films about space but today's solar panels are easily purchased online and fitted very quickly. Many homeowners now use solar panels not as a primary energy generation source but just to reduce the cost of running individual items.
For example, some homes use solar panels to charge their garden lighting system, some to power the battery in their electric garage doors and some (like our BOXT customers) connect them up to their boiler to reduce their electric and gas costs. Ultimately, solar panels are clean technology that emit no CO2 emissions and provide free energy.
Smart thermostat technology is quickly becoming a must-have in new homes. We recently looked at some of the best smart thermostats available and looked at how these devices can help improve your homes carbon footprint.
We've already covered technology such as geofencing and how smart systems can help stop energy wastage. Smart thermostats can go even further with special sensors that can identify the temperature outside and adjust the heating settings to make sure that your house isn't roasting hot when it's warm or it's set for low temperature when it's cold.
Energy efficient boiler
Another way to make your home more environmentally friendly is to ensure that you're using a well maintained and energy efficient boiler. Purchasing a new 'A' rated energy efficient boiler to replace an older boiler could help reduce your energy usage and in turn reduce your heating bills and running costs. Not only that, but with a longer life time and proper servicing, you could end up spending less on repairs further down the line.
Every BOXT boiler we sell has an 'A' energy efficiency rating to ensure that we sell the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective boilers.