The Top Trends in Energy Efficiency You Need to Know
Technology and consumer demand are driving the need for more energy efficiency. With energy efficiency, you get savings opportunities. You also get improved performance from your home appliances or business equipment. More importantly, you contribute to making the environment cleaner and better. And this year, you have multiple opportunities for achieving energy efficiency.
Here are the top trends in energy efficiency that should make your home or business more cost-effective and definitely smarter.
Simply put, if you’re using a generator for temporary power, you have a microgrid. The small-scale electricity grid, though, is seeing movement toward communities and out of single homes.
This development is further spurred by improvements in alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar, and fuel cells. The growth of smart devices is also fueling the expansion of microgrids. Smart devices enable efficient communication between appliances in your home to operate according to energy accessibility (i.e., HVAC systems turn down when energy is limited).
Companies like General Electric and Exelon Corporation are already developing components and microgrid programs, respectively. So expect more infrastructures, advanced components, and more innovation for microgrids in the near future.
Cooling and heating needs can take up a great deal of energy, and with it, a bigger chunk of your utility bills. With that in mind, it’s definitely worth knowing what new technology and products are promising greater performance but minimal expenses. This is especially true when you’re running a business and need to cut costs where possible.
The Wi-Fi Connected Thermostat
Welcome to the Internet of Things, when home appliances give you remote access online. Today, and well into the future, you can control anything in your home using your smartphone or laptop. And one such item to control is the HVAC thermostat.
Manufacturers have developed wireless-controlled thermostats that adjust the temperature according to your preference. It will also adjust indoor temperature according to the regional climate of your zip code, when you type it in your phone. And more importantly, you can monitor and change heat when you’re out of town.
The Air Conditioning System That Reduces Energy
Lastly, if you own or operate your business, you might want to look into the desiccant-enhanced evaporative air conditioner, or DEVap. The DEVap divides hot air into two streams: the liquid desiccant dries one air stream, and the other air stream is humidified. Combining the streams creates cool, dry air without the need for coolant.
The effect is no stale air, no high humidity levels, and no stuffiness. Also, it reduces air conditioning usage by 40 to 90 percent.