How to Make Your Home Smarter & More Sustainable

In running your home from day to day, you’ll naturally consume a large amount of electricity. If you’d like to lower those electrical bills and consume less of this resource, implementing some changes in your daily routine can help to accomplish this goal. Even more, smart technology can affect your home’s sustainability, so it might be time for a smart renovation or at least to install a few smart devices.

But making your home more sustainable isn’t the only benefit you’ll enjoy as a result of these changes. When you consume less electricity, your electrical bills will decrease, too. By taking some of the following steps to make your home smarter and more sustainable, you’ll enjoy a more convenient, affordable home that’s also better for the environment.

Implementing Smart Home Technology

Performing a smart home renovation is a great way to make your home more sustainable in so many ways. There are many benefits to implementing smart technology in your home, and you can choose to incorporate just a few devices or go all-out and make everything from your lighting to your thermostat to your alarms “smart.”

Smart devices can help to prevent potential damage to your home, like water leak detectors that can shut your water off if a leak occurs. They can also make your home safer by automatically summoning the fire department if smoke is detected, or by allowing you to access cameras in and outside of your home to check-in if your home’s security system identifies a threat.

A smart home renovation can also make your home more energy-efficient. Smart thermostats can help to lower both your energy use and your utility bills. You can program a smart thermostat so that your HVAC system runs less often when you’re away from home, then increases its operation when you’re at home to make the house more comfortable. And, if you forget to adjust your thermostat before leaving the house, you can control it remotely to make any necessary adjustments. You can even track your energy usage so that you can adjust your thermostat to further save you energy during your peak consumption times.

Installing smart home technology isn’t difficult, and even if you decide to just go with a smart thermostat to start, you can enjoy energy savings and increased convenience right away.

Bringing in Solar Power

To further reduce your home’s reliance on traditional energy supply, solar panels can allow you to rely on renewable, green energy. When deciding if solar panels are right for your home, you’ll want to understand all of the benefits that they offer. With solar panels, you may enjoy fewer power outages, since your solar panels will likely function as their own power plant. Because energy has to be transmitted only a short distance to your home, there’s also less energy lost through solar panel transmission than the loss that occurs with traditional energy grids. Plus, solar panels can allow you to enjoy more affordable electricity, and you won’t be subjected to energy price fluctuations and increases in the future.

While installing solar panels isn’t cheap, multiple solar finance options can help you to make this green source of power a reality in your home. When it comes to purchasing solar equipment, you may be eligible for a loan to fund that purchase price. If you buy solar panels, you may be eligible for rebates and incentive programs like the Federal IRS Investment Tax Credit and Solar Renewable Energy Credits.

But you also don’t have to buy the equipment to take advantage of solar energy, as it’s also possible to lease the equipment. When you lease equipment, you usually won’t have a downpayment and will instead pay a monthly lease fee. Keep in mind that the owner of the equipment is the one who will be eligible for rebates and incentives, and you’ll be committing to a 20 to 25-year lease, which can affect the process of selling your home.

Additional Ways to Live Sustainably

You don’t have to plan an entire home renovation to find ways to make your home more sustainable, since some basic lifestyle changes can do this, instead. To save on electricity or oil, turn down the temperature on your water heater and take cooler showers. By heating your water to a lower temperature, your water heater will draw less energy. Try to take shorter showers, too, and invest in a low-flow showerhead to restrict the water flow to save on water usage and the energy it takes to heat the water. When you’re doing laundry, washing your clothes in cold water will also allow you to forego the use of your water heater for additional energy savings.

Once those clothes are out of the washer, opt to line dry them or use a drying rack instead of an electric dryer. Dryers are highly inefficient, so this practice could save you a considerable amount in your house’s utility usage. This method won’t only save on electricity, but it’s even gentler on your clothes and can help to prevent them from shrinking.

When you consider the effects of all of these changes together, you can make a significant impact on your house’s sustainability. By using less electricity, you’ll save money while helping to save the environment at the same time.

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