Cool gadgets in the home are really stepping up the way we are using technology to reduce the impact on the environment. There’s so many gadgets springing up now that are both useful, easier on the user, and save real money. The new home is a smart home, a buyer is like a honey to a bee when they are aware of potential smart home technology. The idea is really fashionable now and people are paying a premium for the bragging rights, as well as the genuine usability. Technology is really going to save our planet, it’s highly unlikely to be anything else, for that reason alone entrepreneurs such as Elon musk are being relatively left alone by governments, which is unusual for growing powers, and decentralised control mechanisms.
I’m going to take a look at a few gadget that as really moving forward, making a big difference, and as well as being high tech, remarkably affordable as well. I wan’t to start with motion sensor lights.
Motion sensor lights are a brilliant concept. They turn on when they detect movement. It’s really that simple but conceptually it solves a large number of problems that we normally face. Firstly it eradicates the scenario of forgetting to turn the light off. Timers can be set to turn off after the last movement. Typically a timer will be set to fifteen minutes, or maybe even thirty. Now this is brilliant because if your not moving, and your stationary in your lounge just watching tv, and your lazy like me that’s just cool. because to turn the light on means a simple arm wave. The security benefits are real as well. You’ll know if someone or something is in your space if that light turns on. Equally as good as a dog just without the noise. Then there’s the added benefit of having programming voice activated. This means you can tell your home to turn the light on or off. It means you’ll never be in the dark if you don’t want to be. No more getting up to turn the light on!
Timed pool pumps are another brilliant but simple invention. We need to have our water circulate to avoid algae build up, but we don’t want to do more than we need to. Simple maths calculations based on water volume, combined with a timer means we can turn that pump on for the optimum number of hours and this reduces significant waste. In a typical pool, a pump might need to be operational four hours, any more than this is pure waste and can be cut out with simple timing mechanisms.
Draught proofing systems installed to windows and doors are like a new must have. The first question you’ll hear in London regarding property will be “what have you done to save money in your home”. Indeed they even started a scheme called the Hip Pack which unfortunately got out of control, ending up causing many many homes to have sales fall through. Had the whole process been managed correctly without becoming a burden on the end user it could of been one of the single best turning points in environment protection in the home.