The last decade brought consumers into a new age of advanced technology, especially gadgets and gizmos designed to help us be more environmentally friendly at home. Home energy efficiency technology is rapidly advancing so that homeowners can save money and save the environment while keeping their homes comfortable in the most time-saving ways. Take a look at five masterpieces of home tech that every environmentally conscious homeowner should consider.
The Eve System
More commonly known as Eve, the Eve System is an Apple integrated system made by Elgato. Eve monitors water and electrical consumption, air quality, weather, home security, and it functions as a smoke detector. It also provides an app that allows the user to control home functions, such as thermostat temperatures from an iPad or an iPhone. The user can access their home consumption information via Siri’s voice commands. Homeowners can utilize this tool’s easy-to-read data outputs to monitor their lifestyle choices to increase their environmental responsibility. Eve is sold as separate sensors, such as Eve Energy, Eve Water, and Eve Room.
The hub of your eco-home, the NuBryte console, is mounted on the lighting panels of each room. The NuBryte ‘learns’ the lighting settings you desire for different parts of the day. It displays your lighting usage as it senses your lighting needs as you move through your home. Through its WiFi interface, the NuBryte controls dimmable and smart light bulbs. Settings such as ‘On the Move’, which automatically turns the lights on and off as you enter and leave a room, ‘Night Light’, which provides the lowest level light for needed comfort, and ‘Vacation Mode’, which conserves energy while you are away, save you some green while you are living green.
Whirlpool® HybridCare™ Heat Pump Dryer
The Whirlpool® HybridCare™ Heat Pump Dryer is a green technology break-through of the current decade. Using 73% less energy than the average dryer, this state of the art dryer recycles air to both dry and cycle the load. By using recycled air, this dryer is ventless, meaning that it can be installed almost anywhere in the home. With more drying settings, the Whirlpool® HybridCare™ Heat Pump Dryer uses a lower heat setting for the same great results.
Delta Breez Signature Series
The Delta Breez Signature Series is a set of bathroom ventilation fans that break energy-saving barriers. Offering different models to fit the user’s needs, each model comes equipped with special energy-saving features. For example, the Breez Signature is 685% more energy-efficient than energy star requirements.
The Nest Thermostat
Just like the NuBryte, the Nest thermostat ‘learns’ the temperature needs and wants of the occupants. This allows the homeowner to save on utility bills by easily adjusting the thermostat and other home features, without having to be at home. It even gives helpful suggestions on how to conserve energy for different weather changes.
These are just a few of the great new tech tools that are changing the home front. Working to create a sustainable future, our homes are the best place to begin making changes that will positively impact the environment while teaching our children the importance of being eco-conscience. Professionals who provide major home renovations suggest that you have an expert install any new home system to avoid expensive mistakes, especially if the system requires specific wiring or structure alterations. While we can all help in little ways everyday, these high-tech advancements can make our living spaces as eco-friendly as possible.
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