Our homes are becoming the biggest electricity consumers globally when we desperately need to reduce emissions. Homes consume more energy than we think. Energy consumption at home is expected to increase by 65% by 2050.
It’s becoming more apparent that the need and desire for sustainable homes is essential to people. A study conducted by E.ON Energy found that 89% of prospective buyers want sustainable homes that are kind to the planet. In Australia, nearly 9 in 10 people (88%) have reduced their environmental impact in some way, with 40% making changes at home by investing in smart and sustainable appliances. In Egypt, the government goes the extra mile to launch “Green Social Housing” to enable low-income families to live in more sustainable homes.
Nevertheless, many of us, from homeowners, and builders to governments, are looking for ways to reduce the energy used at home. Smart home technology can be an answer. However, many may ask if it is something a homeowner can practically manage. Creating a sustainable home, though, is less complicated than it seems.
Creating a more sustainable home
There are many ways to create a more sustainable home, such as looking into renewable energy sources like solar panels, replacing your windows with double-glazed windows, proper insulation, and using energy management systems.
Sustainable design is evolving into the future of many homes worldwide, and for a good reason—it is more than simply a fad.
The efficiency of your home can depend on sustainable design, building materials, and construction techniques, but there are other factors to consider when making your home even more sustainable.
Passive solar design
Passive design considers the surrounding environment to make dwellings more practical. By cooperating with your orientation, passive design uses light from the sun to help maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
So much energy that is lost in homes is lost via windows. New technologies like double glazing, specialized coatings, and non-conductive frames should be considered while constructing a sustainable home. Additionally, you can choose windows according to the climate where you live. Warmer regions benefit significantly from low solar gain windows and double glazing, whereas colder climates benefit greatly from insulated frames, triple glazing, and draft-free designs.
When furnishing your new sustainable house, consider the long term. High energy-efficiency appliances may cost more upfront, but they will save you a ton of cash in the long run. Pay particular attention to your central heating system, laundry, and kitchen appliances.
Renewable energy solutions
Renewable energy sources such as solar are among the top ways homeowners achieve their sustainability goals. Rooftop solar panels are sweeping the globe, and they might have a significant positive impact on your home and way of life. Clean, renewable energy can power all or part of your home, benefiting the environment and your electricity bill.
Recycle and reuse construction waste
When building, recycle whenever possible, and consider what resources can be kept and utilized later. Building materials with residual value can sell as an alternative to being dumped in a landfill.
Insulate your home correctly with eco-friendly materials
One of the most crucial components of sustainable homes is new home insulation. Good insulation will keep warm air in winter and hot air out in summer. Decreasing the need for heating and cooling improves a home’s energy efficiency.
Sustainable home solutions – smart home energy management system
Along with the above measures, investing in an effective and efficient home energy management system is a great way to create a sustainable home. Wiser, Schneider Electric’s artificially intelligent solution to smart home energy management, can benefit users by efficiently programming the energy distribution around the home. It enables maximum solar energy by programming heavy loads to consume when solar production is at its peak. It has an integrated battery to store solar when Sun is not there. The intelligent solution helps homeowners save costs by using more solar energy. It also ensures that the energy consumed from the grid is most likely in low-tariff slots to minimize energy bills.
Rising energy demands and climate change may make you wonder if your home is environmentally friendly enough. Schneider Electric’s home energy management systems can significantly improve the efficiency and sustainability of your house. Creating a sustainable home does not have to be difficult; there are simple steps you can take right now. Let’s relax, Schneider Electric is here to help you reach your sustainable home goals.
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