Smart Tech: The Key to Sustainability
We are at a critical juncture in human history. Our planetary boundaries have been breached and “business as usual” is no longer an option. Luckily, smart technologies are paving the way in redesigning how we go about our lives and are providing solutions to transition to low carbon pathways.
Everyone needs to do their part in creating an energy and environmentally sustainable future. Sustainability remains a call to action in improving energy efficiency, carbon footprint reduction, and achieving reduced greenhouse gas emission. The good news is that everyone can help by investing in smart technology. Both homeowners and businesses can use smart technology to reduce the country’s environmental impact.
Building Sustainable Homes
From remote controllable home appliances to smart cooking instruments, homes are becoming smarter and more intuitive. Not only that these self-regulating and interconnected smart appliances also benefit the environment. In a previous post on Inspiring Design we talked about how smart technologies help save energy and are a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. Eco-friendly designed homes that maximise natural light and prioritise ‘green’ materials are becoming very popular.
Making your home eco-friendly doesn’t have to break the bank either. Tech Advisor details how simply changing your flash-mounted halogen bulbs with LED bulbs can significantly reduce your power consumption. Homeowners can also install energy monitors that allow them to see exactly how much energy they are expending for individual appliances. The information is sent to a personal computer or smart device, and according the government can save a household up to 15% on electricity bills. Affordable energy metres allow households to monitor and, consequently, change their consumption patterns.
The Internet of Things (IoT) also plays a crucial role in driving sustainable technology and is a critical enabler in initiatives such as energy efficiency. By using interconnected sensors and analysing real-time data, IoT applications, such as award-winning smart heater Ecobee, optimise energy use by specifically targeting cold spots in rooms. This ensures that energy isn’t wasted.
Smart technology is also helping homeowners cut down on fuel consumption in their personal vehicles. Smart vehicles, equipped with the latest energy-efficient engines and automation, can help reduce fuel costs. Additionally, data from a Transportation Research study showed that even low-level automated vehicles could trim fuel consumption annually by 102 to 450 litres per vehicle. Electric cars and transportation systems that rely on more sustainable energy sources are also leading the way in making our cities greener. This need to bring down waste fuel is also being enacted by logistic businesses. A feature by Verizon Connect explains how fleet companies are using modern GPS systems to improve fuel efficiency. With intelligent route planning systems, fleets also reduce unnecessary idling that wastes fuel. This same technology can be used by homeowners via their smartphones – apps can advise them on how to improve their driving habits in order to be more sustainable.
Tech-driven sustainable industries
From improved remote capabilities to better communication infrastructure, industries are also relying on technological innovation to improve efficiency and sustainability. Artificial intelligence company IPSoft notes that some agricultural companies are now employing micro-smart robots in their production lines to reduce food waste and increase efficacy. Companies are also using augmented reality in engineering to remotely design and assess infrastructure projects. This is a good example of how everyone from homeowners to big business can use smart tech to make a positive impact.
While there’s a long way to go in addressing the risks brought about by the current environmental situation, innovation through smart technology is catching up in keeping our lives more sustainable and eco-friendly. By installing smart tech into their homes and integrating it into their daily lives, homeowners can make big steps forward to becoming more sustainable.
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By Carol Cee