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Green Households – Part Two


Sometimes, the accelerated rhythm of daily life takes away the focus from small details which have an impact on the extent to which we pollute the environment. The expert community passed on to the public various ways to reduce the environmental impact of daily life. Countless campaigns educated about how water can be saved if we don’t leave it the taps running, how to save energy by unplugging electronic devices when they are not being used, selective waste disposal and countless other methods to the reduce carbon footprint in the household.

Fortunately, while people were introduced and educated in this direction, technology was working on accessible solutions for the population.

On the other hand, not only technology can help us deal with these issues.

Here are some widespread solutions that can keep you on the loop with energy consumption in your house:

Smart Sensors

Smart sensors are devices that automatically collect data from the surrounding environment to monitor and control appliances from a wide application range. They are usually connected to the user through a mobile app which allows them to control the device from anywhere at anytime. These tiny gadgets which can be implemented in your home are designed for a variety of purposes, they come in different shapes and sizes and can offer various energy saving features.

In this article’s context, smart sensors can be a valuable investment as they can help reduce water and energy consumption, thus making the house more environmentally friendly. There are a number of solutions on the market that can reduce considerably cut costs on energy by custom-heating of the house. That can easily be managed through the application on your phone. Other such sensors will download a whole week’s weather forecast and adjust sprinklers water intake accordingly. Sometimes household appliances have integrated smart sensors so they can perform depending on the installed features.

With examples provided, we are able to re-imagine and scale the usefulness of smart sensors to any aspect of the household, this would help to alter behavior and lead to a more sustainable household.

Green Roofs

Scandinavians have been using them for centuries. Today, modern urban design is considering green roofs a solution to reduce CO2 emission level in cities. Actually, Copenhagen adopted a policy of making them mandatory.

Green roofs are rooftops covered in soil so that plants can grow on them. They represent a complete solution to raising a home’s sustainability. How come? Well, one of their main advantages is that they are an excellent heat insulator, keeping the house cold in the summer and warm in winter. You can even grow your own vegetable garden, reducing the cost of your shopping bill. And why not grow a vegetable garden when a green roof can absorb 80% of the rainwater? Moreover, having a rooftop garden is also beneficial for the community by improving air quality.

The idea of a green rooftop is spreading fast and why shouldn’t it if the advantages are undeniable? If you want to make a difference in monetary and environmental costs, you should definitely opt for a green roof.