Upgrading your home with the most up-to-date tech is great. But it’s even better when you realize you’re helping the environment. Smart home technology can help us reduce our energy consumption and live more environmentally-friendly lives. Every day we look at the largest players in smart home tech. These are the ones that have the greatest impact on reducing climate change and plastic waste.
Ecobee is the first company to create an internet-connected smart thermostat. By being able to factor in local weather forecasts, leverage presence detection, and monitor humidity, Ecobee claims the increased efficiency of its thermostats has kept the equivalent of 17.7 million tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere. This energy efficiency has not only earned them Energy Star certification but also won them Partner of the Year status for 2021 and 2022. Ecobee is also conscious of e-waste. Ecobee has a strong repair and reselling operation and provides software updates that go back many generations. Ecobee thermostats are made from recycled plastic and its packaging is completely recyclable. You can see that Ecobee is truly committed to building a better world by its partnerships with community housing associations as well as researchers.
Rachio ranks among the top innovators in smart lawn irrigation. We’ve checked out Rachio’s stuff in the past and come away impressed, but it brings more to the table than just convenience, even lawn watering. As a certified B Corporation, it meets a wealth of sustainability criteria and has won awards placing them among the top B Corps out there. Rachio claims to have saved 45 billion gallons of water through increased efficiency, which is a big deal when many ecosystems are facing damage from thirsty cities. Rachio’s solutions will help us reduce our water consumption if we want to ensure that everyone has enough water.
About 15% of a home’s emissions come from water heating. A few companies are trying to optimize this usage with Wi-Fi enabled controllers. Aquanta is one of the most successful companies in this area. It can be retrofitted onto existing heaters and users can access the data via their smartphones to monitor everything. The app on mobile can keep track of hot water stored, how much has been consumed, provide maintenance alerts and allow Aquanta to learn user habits over time in order to optimize heating schedules. It doesn’t work well with tankless heaters or heat pumps, which are both high-efficiency water heaters. Aquanta’s main mission is to combat climate change. The controller’s technology was developed during the development of its first product, a solar water heater. It is an active member of a variety of renewable energy associations.
While many products focus on energy efficiency within specific categories, a new manufacturer is trying out reporting directly from the source. Span offers a smart electric panel that can be connected to solar panels and storage systems. The owner can remotely control their entire breaker system. The Span solution was also created with EVs and can provide level 2 charging speeds for your car. The mobile app can be used to set priorities and determine which devices get power during outages.
The most significant smart home upgrade is simply installing solar panels on the roof. Manufacturers have developed robust mobile apps that allow you to monitor the status of each module individually. They also integrate with other smart home features like voice assistant support. SolarEdge, a large manufacturer of solar inverters, has worked hard to create a reliable app. It monitors energy consumption in real time, energy production status and how much power you sell back to the grid. This type of management is key to getting people to take the leap. Because the inverters are so reliable, Tesla partnered up with SolarEdge to integrate them with Powerwall batteries. SolarEdge offers energy management services to homeowners. They also have a grid solution arm that helps ensure your home has decarbonized power.
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