Nowhere is the technology revolution more evident than in making our homes more eco-friendly. Here are some tech advances that are greening our homes:
Saving us money and time, and more importantly, our planet from environmental ruin are home automation systems which allow you to remotely cool or warm your home. What’s unique about smart thermostats is that you are not heating or cooling an unoccupied space. Sync these thermostats with your iPhone to remember your habits. Some tech companies also allow you to link your smartphone to temperature controls and lighting for added savings.
While laundering your clothes will never be a snap, smart washing machines guzzle less energy than their predecessors. Equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities, these machines can also sync to your smartphone to monitor your washer.
Ditch the Dryer
The dryer chugs through an inordinate amount of energy, rivaling your washer, dishwasher and refrigerator combined. Use folding racks to air dry your laundry, hang shirts from hangers, or hang half your laundry while machine drying the other half. Air dry heavier items and put lighter loads in the machine to cut down on drying time.
Use folding racks to air dry your laundry, hang shirts from hangers, or hang half your laundry while machine drying the other half.
Skip to the Loo
Dual-flush toilets are sensibly all the rage. Instead of flushing away six gallons of water with each flush, these toilets only use.8 or 1.6 gallons of H2O. If a family of three uses an older toilet five times a day each, nearly 100 gallons of water are flushed down the drain daily. With dual-flush toilets, you can select a water level for each flush.
If a family of three uses an older toilet five times a day each, nearly 100 gallons of water are flushed down the drain daily.
Eco-Padding Your House
While spray polyurethane foam insulation is a workhorse for keeping homes temperature controlled and draft-free, environmentalists frown on its lack of greening properties. A good alternative is soybean-based spray foam which does not contain the chemical (MDI or methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) which causes off-gassing. Castor-oil based lcynene is another option. Cotton denim batting or sheep’s wool are also eco-friendly insulations, though denim can be expensive to install and neither is easy to apply as foam.
ELDEN FREEMAN M.E.S., AGB, is the founder of the non-pro t organization, The National Association of Green Agents and Brokers (NAGAB). Mr. Freeman is also Broker of Record at Freeman Real Estate Ltd. FREEMANREALTY.COM
Sources: Mother Earth News, Better Homes & Gardens, Organic 4 Greenlivings, Eco Building Pulse, Green High Five