Green at Home: 5 Advances in Eco-Friendly Home Technology
By Dixie Somers
Want to lead a more sustainable lifestyle and are looking for eco-friendly advances in home technology that you can incorporate into your personal living space? The following recent advances in home technology will help you do so.
New appliances can be linked to the web, providing data on usage that can lower energy costs. Energy.gov reports that our homes will likely become even smarter after incorporating technologies from the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office. This project develops automated heating and cooling systems, and tracking of lighting, humidity, and occupancy to save energy. You will be available to track them online or even on your smartphone.
Reusable Heat to Dry Clothes
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric are creating a dryer that uses an innovative heat pump cycle to produce hot air for drying clothes. The new dryer will use a natural gas heat pump with an extremely low-emission combustion burner, also used in home heating, cooling and hot water production. As a result, your energy consumption can decrease by 60 percent and you will reduce your carbon footprint.
Maybe building a roof out of soil and vegetation sounds like something cool other people do. However, green rooftops offer many advantages, including water reclamation, insulation, and reduced urban heat footprint. There are tons of sites, including Green Roofs, with how-to videos on what kinds of plants to use and how to install beautiful and beneficial green roofing.
A new foam insulation engineered by the Industrial Science and Technology Network is made with eco-friendly, advanced composite materials that prevent heat leakage from your attic, walls and other vulnerable areas during winter. Nanotechnology structures and carbon dioxide define the blowing agent, replacing toxic hydrofluorocarbon insulation traditionally used for building foundations and walls, refrigeration and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
LEDs (light emitting diodes) consume 85 percent less energy than Edison’s incandescent bulbs. The Building Technologies Office supports R&D that lowers costs while generating brighter, more efficient and longer lasting LEDs. In the next few years, you will be able to buy bulbs that double in efficiency from the current 125-135 lumens per watt to 230 lumens per watt, promising a truly brighter tomorrow.
With climate change and other threats, you should continue to be environmentally aware. Consider how much money building a green home will save. Change your home from an emission-producing drain into a greenhouse using simple concepts that include everything you can think of and research to create a green home for your family.