Drought and water restrictions are things we’re all too familiar with living in Australia. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your water usage or maybe just save on the power and the water bill, then this article is a great place to start your research. Here is a list of technology that can help you stay on top of your water usage, so you can do your bit to conserve our planet’s not-so-renewable resources.
Smart sprinklers will change the way you keep the garden flourishing – from being controlled in apps on your smartphone to calculating the chance of rain and the speed at which water evaporates, smart sprinklers can do it all. Using these sprinklers can result in less water usage because they are often self-operating and adaptable based on weather conditions. Never again will you leave a sprinkler running in a garden and forget about it, nor set your sprinklers to go off overnight and find you wasted water because it rained anyway.
Smart home technology saves the day again with the introduction of leak detectors. Place a leak detector on the floor in proximity to a sink, washing machine, shower or tub. When a leak is detected you will be notified via your smartphone whether you’re at work, or on holiday (provided you have an internet connection). Once you’ve been notified you can act quickly to reduce the amount of wasted water.
Using smart lighting can reduce your home’s energy usage, but It can also make life a little easier. Smart lighting is aptly named because, when installed into your home, it can make intelligent energy conscious decisions for you – such as dimming or increasing the light at different times of day. Not only do LED bulbs consume less energy than incandescent bulbs, they can make life a little easier since you can control them from your tablet or smartphone.
Smart thermostats in tandem with an air conditioner or heat pump can save you lots of energy on heating your home. Smart technology enables your heat pump or airconditioning system to adapt to the temperature around it, then it can switch off or idle when it reaches a point that is close to a desired temperature (which you can select form your smartphone or smart home hub).
Many smart appliances are built with modern energy saving technology. Similar to household temperature controlling systems, smart refrigerators have intelligent thermostats that can reduce the amount of energy usage once your refrigerator reaches an appropriate temperature. Smart washing machines, particularly front loaders, typically have a higher energy start rating and use less water than older models.