The energy consumption in European winter is especially high. As the days get colder and shorter, the electricity consumption rises with higher heating and lighting usage. However, more and more energy-efficient technologies are appearing on the market to provide us with sustainable solutions for homes as well as for a global impact. In this article, we would like to share three efficient solutions that can help us to save not only energy but also money on electricity bills.
A smart thermostat
The first one of these solutions is a smart thermostat: a device that is responsible for controlling a home's heating and/or air conditioning and can be used remotely from your laptop or smartphone.
A wide variety of features available in the most advanced smart thermostats will help you to save significantly on heating and cooling costs. For example, some thermostats are able to learn a user’s patterns of heating or cooling and automatically adapt the temperatures based on that learning. Some thermostats can realise when no one is at home with the help of sensors installed in the building, and it can suspend the heating when it is not needed. Many of the smart thermostats can perform diagnostics and tell you when the system is in need of maintenance.
New generation heat pumps
Another technology for optimising the energy not only in winter but throughout the whole year is a newly-developed heat pump, which can be an energy-efficient alternative to air conditioners or furnaces. The basic working principle of a heat pump is collecting heat from the air, water, or ground outside your home and concentrating it for use inside.
Today’s new generation heat pumps can reduce your electricity consumption related to heating by approximately 50% compared to electric resistance heating, such as baseboard heaters.
Although it might seem that windows do not have such a great impact on a home’s energy consumption, the numbers say different. The energy use of residential heating and cooling can go up by 25%-30% because of the heat gain and heat loss through windows, which is why it is so important to choose the most efficient windows that are available on the market.
There are two options to choose from: you can either update your existing windows to make them more energy-efficient or replace the old windows completely. Going with either one of these alternatives, you will be able to reduce your carbon footprint, your energy bills and also insulate your home from the outside noise.
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