Going Green

is extremely popular in 2018. And it’s popular for good reason. Creating eco-friendlier homes, apartments and flats is incredibly important to the health and well-being of all people on earth and our environment going forward.

With a larger percentage of homebuyers and renters being made up of millennials (even though it’s quite difficult at times for millennials to buy their first home), high-tech and green homes and apartments seem to be on everyone’s list these days.

Smart home features often pair well with green building and eco-friendly designs, because many smart features offer the resident greater control over areas of their apartment or home that consume the most energy.

And it doesn’t matter where you live. You can work to create a smarter home or apartment whether you live a small apartment in Houston, Texas in the United States or in a penthouse in London.

No matter where you are, here are a few tips to get started on creating your smarter, eco-friendlier home.

Smart Thermostats

Your thermostat controls the temperature of your home. It signals to your HVAC system when to go on and off. Older thermostats need to be manually, but if you forget to turn down the temperature when you leave for work or vacation, you lose both energy and money while you’re not at home.

Smart thermostats change all of that. Now you can set the temperature ahead of time; or you can change the temperature from your mobile device with just one click of a button! This will save you a ton of money and energy on your next bill and it’ll make for a healthier environment with less wasted energy.

smart thermostat

Smart Light Bulbs

How often do you leave a room at home and leave the lights on? Perhaps, you fell asleep last night and left all of the lights on in your kitchen. Or maybe you left the bathroom lights on all day while you were at work?

With smart light bulbs, you can control all of the lighting in your house from your smartphone. And you’ll be able to turn off the lights in rooms that people have vacated, in order to save more money and energy on your next bill. You can even dim the lights to set the mood without ever leaving your couch!

Monitoring Systems

One of the smartest purchases you can make for your home is a smart monitoring system. A monitoring system can improve your home’s efficiency in energy use as well as security. These systems will allow you to: unlock your door for your children, check in on security footage and cameras, adjust the thermostat, turn the lights on and off and set and receive reminders for tasks to do around the house.

Monitoring systems will make your life easier and they will allow you to save energy and money by helping you use the light and heat/air only when you’re at your home.

Overall, making a few small, smarter additions can help you create a more sustainable home that will help both the environment and lead to many money saving opportunities for you and your family!