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How To Make Your Home Eco Friendly To Save Energy

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Lowering our carbon footprint is needed to be able to slow down the effects of climate change. When people think about this they usually start to think of it as a sacrifice. That it is going to be too hard because of all the conveniences they have gotten used to that they will have to give up.

The reality is that it doesn’t take a dramatic change in habits or lifestyle. We can make simple changes that taken together make a big difference.

And the technology available today makes it even easier to lower our energy consumption to make an even bigger difference while barely feeling the effects. Combine that with some mindfulness and it can be very powerful. The next thing is to make sure that others are also doing the same so the effects will be greater.

In this article, we will go over several of the simple ways that you can make your home more eco friendly and lower your carbon footprint.

 

Get smart

One thing that can really make a difference is to use smart devices to curb your consumption of energy. With the Internet of Things, and cloud computing coming into full fruition, it means that we can use devices at home that are very powerful. They can understand how to best use the energy that you actually need without you needing to understand programming.

It is amazing just how much these devices can do. Many people are familiar with things like smart door locks and ring cameras but it goes way beyond that. You can hire a plumber like Monkey Wrench Plumbing to install smart devices that help you conserve water and even toilet paper. For instance, there are smart toilets out there that understand how much water to use per flush based on how long you have been sitting on the toilet. Not only that but these are toilet bidet combos so you can clean up without using toilet paper which is great for the environment.

Then there are smart thermostats that will determine the ideal temperature for your home based on your habits. With sensors in each room, they can identify the peak times that you use certain rooms and keep those ones to your preferred temperature automatically. This prevents you from using energy to heat rooms that you rarely use. And when it comes to air conditioning, you don’t need to keep it running all day. Connecting the system to your smartphone will have it turn on automatically once your phone gets within a certain range of the house. So you can come home to a nice cool house without it running constantly.

 

Upgrade your appliances

Those smart devices work better when you have new, efficient appliances. And the newest generation of appliances are far more energy efficient even if you don’t connect them to your smart devices.

Don’t wait for your water heater to go bad before replacing it. Instead, go for a new model that will drop your energy usage and will save you money in the long run.

And a dishwasher or washing machine that uses less water will end up paying for themselves over time. The beautiful thing about replacing them now is also that in some areas you will get a tax credit for upgrading to energy efficient appliances.

 

Go low flow

Replacing your water fixtures will also have a huge impact. Your shower head likely is using far more water than is necessary. When you get a low flow head, you can drop your usage to less than 1.5 gallons per minute. And if you also take shorter showers, then this adds up to a significant water savings over time.

These new fixtures use less water but often are made so that you don’t suffer a drop in water pressure. You’ll never even notice the difference that there is less water being used.

 

Go old school

A long time ago people were more green than they are now. They didn’t have much choice. Now you do but you should choose to do things the old ways sometimes.

Hanging laundry out to dry is a good example. People didn’t have dryers running all day back then. They let the sun and wind take care of it. It costs nothing to hang laundry out to dry. It can be done in the winter or when it rains too by having an area in the house dedicated to this when the weather isn’t ideal.

You should also downsize. Houses these days are much bigger than in years past. It is mostly because of all the stuff we have now. So if you curb your spending on unnecessary items, you save money in many ways. First by spending less in general and also because you don’t need as big a house. Which costs less to buy and also less money to heat and cool.

Lastly, people used to grow a lot of their own food. A yard wasn’t a perfectly manicured lawn, but an area that would help feed a family. When you do this, it reduces the impact on the environment since that means less trips to the store and also less produce that needs to travel to get to you. The supply chain for food is very intense from the resources needed to farm industrially and also then to get the produce to market.

By reducing the amount of industrialized food consumed, you can make a big impact. And if you plant fruit trees, not only are you getting free fruit, but also cleaning the air around your home and adding more oxygen to the environment.

 

Conclusion

All of these things are simple and effective. Aside from growing your own vegetables, it takes almost no effort and you won’t notice any difference in your lifestyle. Besides, growing your own produce is good exercise so rather than go to the gym, you can work in your garden!

posted Oct 29 by Divya Bharti

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For decades, security cameras relied on closed circuit television. That was the only way that a transmission could be seen in another location without anybody else able to view it like on a normal television set.

These days, the Internet of Things (IoT) has enabled home security to be a lot smarter than just a simple transmission. Using a home alarm system is a lot more sophisticated than ever and as a result, a lot more effective at keeping your home safe.

From smart locks to cameras there is a new way to secure your house that relies on the newest advances in technology. In this article, I will explain in simple terms how it all works.

 

Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is simply using computers to replicate human thinking. It is a way for a computer to not just complete complex computations, but solve problems in the same way that a thinking person would do.

The programming for this is complicated, but it involves collecting and using data to make decisions.

In the case of a smart security system, the devices are connected to a cloud based server that handles the computing so the device can work independently and not need to use a lot of memory.

It’s the program in the cloud that handles the decision making. Things like motion detection and then following an object as it moves is handled in much the same way that a human would go through the process.

 

How does the camera work?

The camera works as any ordinary camera does. It sends a radio signal to a receiver in much the same way that a closed circuit one would. The difference is that the receiver is connected to the cloud server. So, any authorized device can access the video. In other words, you can watch the transmission through your smartphone as the app connects it to the cloud server.

Another benefit to this type of camera is that it is wireless. If a thief were smart they would cut the cables to a traditional security camera. A smart one is connected by wifi so there are no cables that can be cut.

Many of them are equipped with motion detection so as soon as somebody comes within range, the sensor will activate the camera. Once it starts recording, the data is sent to a server where the video is being saved and can be watched in real time.

 

Smart locks

Part of many of these smart systems are keyless locks. The lock also sends and receives signals so if you use your smartphone and want to open the door, the app will send your password to the cloud and then send a signal to the lock to open. It can then be locked remotely as well.

Some of these locks also have motion detection so they know when you leave the house and automatically lock the door behind you. And many of them allow for devices to communicate with each other passively. If your phone is synched with the lock, it can unlock as soon as it detects that your phone is within range. If you have ever struggled with keys as your hands were full with bags, then this will be a welcome benefit.

 

Conclusion

The combination of the IoT and AI have made a lot of futuristic technology easily accessible to the general public here and now. In the case of a smart security system, it can put a lot of control in the hands of a homeowner that used to rely on a passive system that only worked to let you know when your house had already been robbed.

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