5 Green Technologies to Try At Home

Do your part for the environment from the comfort of your own home.

Green technology has been gaining popularity these past few years as concerns for our planet rise. Earth is our dear home, and we should take good care of it. One of the best places to start is in our own households. Starting at home can make a huge difference, so here are some green technologies that will help with leading a cleaner, more sustainable lifestyle:

SOLAR PANELS

Solar energy is renewable and plentiful, especially if you live in a sunny area. Converting your home to solar energy will help your pocket and the environment—a win-win situation. Installing solar panels is cost-effective, as you can then power your home with a low electricity bill. It also increases your home’s value (up to 4.6% in Florida), as homebuyers pay a premium for properties that run on solar energy. Overall, it is environmentally friendly, as it reduces greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption.

RAIN BARREL

Fresh water is a limited resource, and rain is one of the best ways to get it. If you’re interested in gardening, investing in a rain barrel will help you and your plants thrive. Water is a need for plants, and most of the time, the water from the public supply contains more chemicals and a higher pH, meaning utilizing rainwater is actually healthier for your greenery. Rain barrels also help reduce storm runoffs and will be friendly to your water bill.

FOOD COMPOSTER

Food waste contributes significantly to greenhouse gases and produces methane as it rots in landfills. A food composter at home will reduce food waste produced by your household and can make a nice fertilizer for your garden. Vitamix’s FoodCycler is convenient and easy to use with carbon filters that eliminate odor and methane emission. Its compact size means it can fit almost anywhere in your household, and it transforms food waste into fertilizer faster than traditional composting.

SMART WATER HEATER

A conventional water heater runs throughout the day because of the need for hot water. Every time it runs, it gives off harmful emissions that contribute to pollution. Smart water heaters solve this problem by giving you controls through your phone. Rheem’s Proterra Hybrid Electric Water Heater can be controlled through an app, is four times more efficient than a standard tank, and saves you hundreds of dollars.

SMART THERMOSTAT

Smart thermostats can learn the pattern of occupants’ heating and cooling adjustments, which minimizes energy costs. While standard thermostats can save energy if programmed correctly, installing a smart thermostat can make programming easier and more convenient with the ability to control it through your smartphone. This way, you can track energy usage throughout your home and save money and energy, which is a win-win for you and the planet.

If you’re looking for more sustainable technology with which to fill your home or searching for houses for sale in South Florida, do not hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to show you Boca Raton’s premier golf and waterfront community, Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club.

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