In recent years, the environmental impact of our collective actions has been highlighted in the media. The world we live in is precious, and it’s an immense task to preserve it for future generations. Our homes are one thing that we can pass from one generation of the family to the next. Happily, thanks to innovative advances in technology, it is possible to create and build more sustainable homes.
Build Strong Foundations
There are many strong foundations that you can put in place to build an eco-friendly home. With the advent of smart technology, you can incorporate Lightwave technology to automate your lighting, heating, and electrical devices to create even stronger foundations for your eco-friendly home. By investing in thick insulation to insulate loft and cavity walls, double or triple-glazed windows, solar panels, eco-paints, environmentally-friendly wood varnishes and sustainable building materials, you will be well on the way to creating a sustainable home.
By implementing some simple and cost-effective strategies, your home can become more sustainable, allowing you to benefit by reducing your overall carbon footprint. So, with that in mind, let’s make a plan to build your unique eco-friendly home.
Create an Eco-Friendly Action Plan
A great way to understand how to build an eco-friendly home that fits in with your lifestyle is to create a plan. Start by working out how much energy you use by looking at utility bills. Think about how you can utilise light switches, heating systems, security systems and smart speakers to reduce your daily energy consumption. One helpful exercise is to sit down as a family and discuss your current home routine and lifestyle. Next, brainstorm an outline of how you use each area of the house and what key Lightwave elements would be needed to create a more eco-friendly home. This exercise will help you decide which elements are needed for each room and highlight the practical considerations of integrating Lightwave technology into your eco-friendly home.
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Start with a Central Hub.
The next step to building an eco-friendly home is to install a Link Plus Model LP2 (Smart Series). It is straightforward to connect thermostats, lighting, power sockets, and sensors to the hub. Having a central hub enables you to regulate and automate all elements of your home. Pair it with the LP2 Link Plus to enable app & voice control of Smart Series devices and enable Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for extra convenience and peace of mind.
Download the Lightwave App to monitor energy consumption.
Download the complimentary Lightwave App to manage and monitor your home with the touch of a button. The Lightwave App allows you to control heating, lighting and power devices from your phone. An excellent benefit of the App is that you get notified if a light is left switched on while you’re away from home. In addition, by pairing an L92 Smart Heating Switch with your App, you can pre-load energy tariffs connected to your smart heating system to monitor your energy usage within the home over seven days. This is great for creating an eco-friendly home, as you can make sure you are only using the energy you need.
Create smart lighting routines.
One of the simplest ways to create a more eco-friendly home is to automate lighting. By creating a series of pre-set automations, you can ensure lights are only switched on when required. Lightwave Smart Dimmers allow you to control your lights and have built-in energy monitoring as standard. This feature affords you the extra comfort of monitoring the amount of electricity you consume daily.
In addition, consider using LED lights, as they have positively impacted energy efficiency in recent years. The intensity of the lights can efficiently be regulated. By fixing the lighting to 70% brightness, you can reduce your carbon footprint. You can manage all Lightwave smart devices via the Lightwave App and adjust the lighting in each room as you wish. Or ask your Smart Speakers to set the kitchen lights to 70%. This way, your smart home works with your day-to-day requirements in real-time, thus helping you to create a more eco-friendly environment.
Set up a sustainable heating plan.
One of the key benefits of smart heating is that you don’t have to surrender comfort when reducing expenditure. Underfloor heating is a great example. Using a Lightwave Smart Relay or Smart Heating Switch to manage underfloor heating gives you the capability to only heat areas of the home you are currently using. Movement sensors can detect when a room is in use. The Lightwave Magnetic Trigger is easy to fasten to windows or door frames. Once fitted, it can automatically command any Lightwave Smart Series device. This gives you the option to turn off the heating of unoccupied rooms to conserve energy. Power is only consumed when necessary by utilising smart heating to work with your daily routine. The outcome is fewer emissions.
The Honeywell Home Radiator Valve (Model HR91) allows you to conserve energy and reduce expenditure by customising the temperature of individual rooms. Pair it with The Honeywell Home Wireless Thermostat (Model DTS92E) to trigger any Lightwave device based on a room’s target temperature. For example, you could set the heating to go off once it has reached the required temperature. In addition, you could pre-programme the heating to come on 15 minutes before returning home.
Using the Lightwave app, you can turn off any unnecessary appliances, monitor your energy consumption, and control your lights’ brightness and your home’s temperature. By harnessing the power of Lightwave technology, you can automate your lighting, heating, and electrical devices to save money, reduce your carbon footprint and create a more eco-friendly home.