Demand for eco-friendly innovations grew rapidly this past year most especially the solar-powered ones. With the Paris Climate Agreement closing out, 2015 and 2016 promise to be a year for major acceleration of environmental policy changes and green living trends. The deal’s lofty goal—keeping average global temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius, and as close to 1.5 degrees Celsius as possible. According to Fortune.com reports, the demand for home roof solar paneling grew 70% year-over-year in the 1st quarter of 2015 only, which is reflecting the growth in recent months. The Solar Energy Industries expects this to continue into 2016.
As this will improve our energy storage, get better asset management and smarter technology, this will make 2016 a critical year for solar. Some other trending innovations are smart home energy management technology and electric cars.
Here are 5 emerging innovations that can help you GO GREEN.
Community Solar Power
The primary purpose of community solar is to allow members of a community the opportunity to share the benefits of solar power even if they cannot or prefer not to install solar panels on their property. This is one of the most promising environmental innovations which is increasing availability of solar power to American consumers. Solar power can help save big bucks for homeowners. In an increasing number of areas, consumers no longer have to pay such installation costs in order to enjoy the benefits of solar power. There’s a new utility distribution methods such as Clean Energy Collective’s community solar or ‘roofless’ facilities which enables other residents and businesses to share the clean power generated by a centrally positioned solar array like in New York.
Tesla, an electric car manufacturer, introduced a solar-powered rechargeable home battery product called Powerwall. This is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. This could provide backup electricity supply against power outages. You’ll need at least $7,000 cost after installation, which is a bit pricey to an average homeowner. Increasing competition from other companies will presumably drive the prices down.
Smart Heating Controls
While you’re sleeping or even at work, turning the thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours can save you as much as 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill. Just always remember to do it. With the smart home technology, it will automatically manage your home temperature without worrying if you’ve set it right.
The 2nd largest percentage in consuming home energy is the combination of lighting, appliances and electronics. By using the smart lighting dimmers and sensors, you may actually cut your cost by 60%, according to a report for California Energy Commission. This innovative device lets you control your lights from anywhere with your smartphone or mobile device, and you can also set an automatic switch off when you leave home or go to sleep. Also, using of energy-efficient bulbs will further add to your savings.
There are lots of electric vehicle manufacturer in the market right now. You can easily choose a “car of the future” that suits your needs and budget and charging them while on the road is easier than ever because right now there’s a mobile app to search the nearest charging station like the WattStation.
So, let’s keep it GREEN and keep it CLEAN! Save the Mother Earth.
Sources: realtytimes.com, wired.com, energysage.com, createautomation.co.uk, recombu.com, earthtimes.org
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