WiFi Technology – Shaping the Green Home Energy Sector

-Jacqueline Allen

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The UK Government has committed to achieving an ambitious target that will require the entire country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Part of this plan is that by 2020 every household will be required to install a smart meter that monitors energy use and communicates with suppliers in order to not only collect data but make the necessary adjustments. Riding on the coattails of this surge in energy optimism, however, are individual homeowners and consumers looking to help to lessen the blow that is caused by necessary heating and cooling costs.

 

How Home Automation Decreases Energy Use

 

Service providers are beginning to develop technologies that allow homeowners to connect numerous aspects of their homes wirelessly to their smart devices. This means that, as different industries such as the home sector, internet providers and smart technology companies continue to invest in the innovation of home automation, consumers will continue to see an increase in their ability to fully automate all of a home’s functions. This includes, but is definitely not limited to, the ability to adjust heating and cooling systems remotely and also the ability to manage their energy consumption by controlling things such as the lights.

 

What to Know About Smart Thermostats

 

Perhaps one of the greatest innovations that have been introduced into the energy sector in recent years is the smart thermostat, which is aiming to transform and optimize both energy use in the UK as well as utility bills for homeowners and renters alike. Smart thermostats such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, the Honeywell Lyric T5 and the Ecobee3 provide people with the ability to more easily control their heating and cooling systems by using integrative WiFi technology, apps and a network of sensors. The goal is to reduce consumption and optimize the process when it’s in use. The sensors work by detecting whether or not someone is home and defaulting to an “away” mode that saves energy.

 

Saving Energy and Money

 

These types of technologies are what consumers really want and need out of tech innovation. A smart thermostat that can not only help reduce your carbon footprint but also lower your monthly energy bills is the perfect mixture of sustainability and practicality. It works, in a financial sense, to lower the costly energy bills by only turning on when someone is home or when it has been activated to do so remotely. This means that, in a cold winter, there won’t be the need to heat a home all day long, wasting energy and money. Someone with the app downloaded can remotely turn on the heat while they’re driving home, ensuring that their home will be warm but won’t be wasting energy when it’s not needed. Ecobee has released statements that their thermostat can help save up to 23% on heating costs.

 

Innovations for Different Heating Techniques

 

As the industry evolves, more companies are beginning to develop different technologies to fit various different heating styles, marking a big shift in the UK and European markets as most older homes can rely on radiators to heat a home. Tado, for example, has come out with a thermostat that fits onto a radiator and not only works in the same way as the others but also measures humidity and air quality which can help to optimize ventilation. Not only does this improve the health of an entire home and the people living in it, but it can also help to save on additional energy and heating costs.

 

Looking Ahead

 

The government’s commitment to a sustainable future seems to be causing a ripple effect of social consciousness in which consumers are eager to engage with technology that benefits them while also benefiting the environment. As smart technology and integrative WiFi capabilities continue to evolve, consumers will find themselves with more choices and green options that will only continue to improve over time.

 

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