When the pandemic of COVID19 first hit, we all noticed a considerable difference in the traffic on the roads. There was hardly any! The air felt cleaner and many were commenting on the reduction in CO2 emissions and carbon footprint as a result.
Unfortunately, a year on and the roads are back to normal and toilet roll feuds have been replaced by never ending petrol queues.
But we are able to build a sustainable life within our homes, as well as outside of them, by using home automation technology.
What is home automation?
Sophisticated wireless home automation solutions, such as those offered by GIRA, means you can install a flexible modular automation system tailored to your needs without compromising on the aesthetic design of the home.
Home automation systems enable users to control functionality of many household appliances and systems through a switch, a mobile app or even voice control. This can include controlling your heating, lighting and even your kettle! There’s also the ability to incorporate security solutions including access to a home.
Technology advancements over the past decade have seen a huge increase in the number of homes having home automation technology installed in order to live a more sustainable life.
To find out key ways you can use home automation in your home read our blog on home automation systems here.
Why is home automation sustainable?
Incorporating automation into your project can make a home more energy efficient.
With the ability to control thermostats you can keep energy usage down when heat is not needed, or switch lights on and off remotely helping a home be more energy efficient which in turn can provide cost savings.
You can also keep an eye on the usage of appliances to ensure you are mindfully using electricity within your home.
Government support for sustainable living
The UK Government further demonstrated their want to improve the environment with the announcement of a Ten-Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. The plan includes details to help make buildings more energy efficient.
Part of this plan includes the Future Home Standard. This will set standards to help future-proof buildings by incorporating low-carbon heating helping to prevent retrofitting which incurs additional cost. This standard is set to be introduced in 2025 Europe wide, although the UK Government currently plans to bring this date forward in the UK.
As part of the governments ten-point plan it has extended the Green Homes Grant. This means that homeowners and landlords have up until the end of March 2022 to complete energy efficiency home upgrades with the help of a voucher of up to £5,000 to be put forward to the cost of eligible home improvements.
How can we help?
At GK Electrical Contractors, we help our clients including builders, architects, property developers and homeowners, to create smart homes with energy saving solutions including appliance thermostats, delayed start thermostats and smart heating controls. The places control with the building user helping them to keep energy usage down when heat or appliances are not needed.
And don’t forget, since the Government’s latest announcement all new building will require an Electrical Vehicle (EV) Charging Unit to be installed; making home automation even more relevant for every day households. You can find out more about EV charging units here.
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