5 Technologies of The Future to Make Our Home More Energy Efficient
As time goes on, we are developing more and more technologies and methods to reduce the amount of energy we use in our day-to-day life. This has come as a result of growing concern for the environment and of course, increased energy costs. There are a number of interesting technologies on the horizon that we’re very excited about – let’s take a look at some of them.
Windows can present challenges when it comes to keeping your home either cold or warm, and generally double glazed windows are your best bet for reducing the flow of air. However, advanced self-regulating windows are being developed that will adjust according to the time of day, level of sunlight and various other relevant factors. The idea here is that they will adjust the level of shading to ensure things are as energy efficient as possible.
Houses That Are Better Connected
One of the potential biggest technological breakthroughs in the next few years will be increased interconnect-ability between devices, buildings and systems. The technology is referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). This will likely affect many different aspects of our lives, with energy efficiency being one of them. The idea here is that the appliances and systems in the home will work in synch through automated control technology. Sensors will be able to pick up on the temperature and the system will be able to make real time decisions about the level of cooling or heating that is required.
Reducing the amount of heat that comes through the roof can go a long way in making the home easier to cool. There have been numerous technologies and efforts to reduce the impact of this, with insulation and fan systems proving effective in some cases. However, another technology in development is reflective roofing. This involves certain materials being placed on the roof that reflect the sunlight and ensure that the roof doesn’t become excessively hot.
Researchers are exploring and developing technology that would allow us to use refrigerated that create a cold environment with the use of magnets and a water-based coolant. If successful, this would greatly reduce the amount of energy used to power our fridges and would do a great deal of good for the environment as well.
More Efficient Lightings
LED lighting has already gone mainstream, bringing with it huge energy savings compared to incandescent and fluorescent alternatives. Most new buildings will utilise LED lighting almost exclusively. But the technology is forecasted to improve further – in fact over the next few years it could become twice as efficient.
It’s likely that we’ll become more energy efficient in the future, as the market gives researchers an incentive to come up with innovative ideas to reduce energy use. Back to the present, to assess whether your home is energy efficient or not, call our Australian home energy rating experts to get a clear idea on state requirements and what to consider in your next renovation/extension planning.