A movement that wanted to force environmental awareness into the political arena, has set off one of the largest public global campaigns of all time. Protecting our blue planet is even more crucial in the present day than it was 52 years ago. Not only due to the environmental impact that our consumption has, but also the geo-political influences leaking in from Eastern Europe that are increasing the cost of living. There has never been a better time to start living an energy-saving, reduced-waste lifestyle.
The History of Earth Day
A United States Senator from Wisconsin noticed a huge discrepancy between the public’s environmental interests and the current political policies. He organised country-wide demonstrations to encourage people from all walks of life to come out and raise awareness. Schools, universities and community landmarks were turned into rallies which held 20 million people all over the USA. This huge, one day, international celebration pushed climate change into the political agenda and by the end of the year the Environmental Protection Agency was created. In 1990, the day was celebrated by more than 140 countries and today, over 1 billion people all over the world unite to keep the movement alive.
How can Smart Home technology help make your lifestyle more energy-efficient?
There are many simple ways to make a positive difference by creating a greener and more eco-friendly home. Adding smart devices to your living space can be beneficial and will significantly impact your home’s overall carbon footprint.
Dawn/Dusk Timers can reduce your energy consumption instantly.
It is easy to automate your lighting and heating using the addition of Dawn/Dusk Timers. The main benefit of a timer is to pre-set devices to operate at a set time and on certain days. Using Dawn or Dusk as a parameter for your timers means that as the seasons change, your Lightwave smart home adapts and optimises for to daylight hours.
By utilising the Honeywell Home Wireless Thermostat together with the Lightwave Smart Heating Switch, you can programme the heating to come on 15 minutes before dawn to warm the house in the colder months. Then set the heating to turn off after an hour to save energy and costs.
Turn off any unnecessary devices.
Life is busy. We are constantly required to multi-task, and it’s easy to leave household appliances on standby. Lightwave Smart Sockets can be installed in place of a standard socket without any additional wiring. By programming the sockets to switch off after use, you can reduce your energy consumption without thinking about it.
Use brightness limiters for noticeable savings on your energy bill.
By using Lightwave Smart Dimmers, you can pre-set all the lights in your home to come on at 70% brightness. They also have built-in energy monitoring. This feature makes it simple to stay in control of the amount of electricity you consume daily.
Reduce your carbon footprint with Lightwave.
By harnessing the power of smart technology, you can reduce your carbon footprint and help promote our precious planet for many generations to come. For more information on how you can do your bit to create a healthier environment, check out our article on formulating an eco-friendly action plan.
Let us know how you’re using your Lightwave devices to make your home more energy and waste efficient!