Green tech advances for the home


Green habits at home can make a great contribution to the environment and reduce your living costs. A few simple principles will make a big difference, and if you involve your kids as well, they will quickly adopt habits that become second nature as they grow up.

Most people want to reduce their energy costs and be less dependent on the power of the energy corporations, as the price of energy is just too large to ignore. You can reduce your energy usage by finding alternative transportation methods that don’t rely on fossil fuels, such as cycling or walking instead of taking the car.

Think about all the ways to insulate your home and make more efficient use of the energy you consume. As well as insulating roofs and walls, consider ways of reducing heat loss through your windows. Replacing and upgrading them with better-fitting and higher quality windows will help a lot, but shutters would be another way to make an impact.

Plantation shutters are sourced from FSC certified materials, which are sustainable and benefit communities working on timber plantations. Shutters add a beautiful addition to your home and are also very practical. They last many years and require very little maintenance compared to curtains or blinds. The flexibility of the vents also means you can control the level and angle of natural light throughout the day.


Reducing water consumption is another way to save. Many showers are now designed to use a minimal amount of water. Kitchen water can often be reused in the garden, and rain barrels can also provide plenty of water for your yard.

If you’re wondering whether changes to individual households can really make a lasting impact on the environment, a quick look at some of today’s green technology should help to reassure you.

 

Solar power works by converting light energy into electricity via panels. In the past, these have often been silicon based and not very efficient converters compared to the supply of light energy available, meaning that they could only make a partial contribution to the energy issue. These days, there are much better materials available that are thinner and more flexible.

Wind power converts wind currents into kinetic energy, but it has also faced similar issues to solar power, in that it was rarely sufficient to replace fossil fuels. Today, airborne wind turbines and bladeless turbines are making this type of electricity production much more dynamic and powerful, while still being quiet and emission-free.

 

For some parts of the world, wave power is important, although traditionally coastal and tidal locations have been the most productive at generating this type of power. Now there is the means to convert kinetic energy from controlled currents, which are more consistent and efficient, opening up much wider options for wave power generation.

It’s exciting to live in a time when so many types of eco-friendly technology are a reality. Sustainable living is not just a dream for the minority; it can be a part of all our lives and bring many benefits inside and outside our homes.