The consumer culture seen in today’s world is often detrimental to the wider environment. More products being bought and used typically results in more waste, and once you tack on the harmful impacts that the transportation of these goods has, we create a recipe for an environmental disaster.
But in such a technologically-advanced time, the equation isn’t as simple as that. In fact, many products are being designed with the primary purpose of helping to limit the consumer’s environmental impact. Whilst the concept of some of these items may have seemed alien a few years back, now, countless different eco-friendly technologies are commonplace in people’s homes.
In fact, it’s predicted that in the not too distant future, some tech will simply be unavoidable. For example, while you’re not under any legal obligation to use one, by working with energy suppliers, the government plans to have a smart meter installed in all British homes by 2025. What’s more, with the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars coming into force by 2030, it’s likely that electric vehicles will have an intrinsic part to play in the future of global transportation.
If you’re living with an eco-conscience, and want to get ahead of the curve, here are three ways you can embrace tech to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Whilst many drivers continue to overlook this innovative solution to polluting car travel, it’s clear that more people are embracing this change than ever before. And the popularity contest is only likely to swing further in the favour of electric over the next few years. In fact, according to government statistics, the majority of drivers below the age of 49 are likely or very likely to switch to an all-electric vehicle in the next decade.
There are so many reasons why drivers of conventional vehicles are looking to make the switch. Not only does it mean you’re no longer governed by unstable fuel prices, saving you money in the long-run, but it can also drastically reduce your carbon footprint. What’s more, many of the barriers that have prevented people from switching in the past are now less of an issue. For instance, manufacturers are designing cars that can go longer between charges, addressing a key concern of range anxiety.
Whether the investment is for comfort purposes, or you’re looking to do your small bit for the environment, there are so many reasons why EVs are growing in popularity – and may soon take over our roads.
When we talk about renewable energy sources, we aren’t just referring to the vast windfarms or hydroelectric power plants that supply energy to millions of people. There are many small-scale projects you can take on from the comfort of your home, without compromising too much space.
For example, solar panels are a popular and convenient way to generate your own electricity. Panels are installed on the roof of your home, and harness the sun’s energy to provide power. Any excess electricity can be sold back into the grid, so nothing has to be wasted.
If you are looking to install this tech, it’s advisable to get a professional assessment of your home carried out, to determine its solar compatibility. Solar panels will be most effective and offer the highest electrical output on south-facing, unshaded roofs, but should still be considered even if your property doesn’t meet this criteria.
What’s more, if you’re generating your own electricity at home and also drive an EV, these two things can be used in conjunction to bolster your eco-credentials even further.
Smart devices are revolutionising the way millions of people across the world approach everyday tasks. They are designed to make our lives easier, but many also are built with the environment in mind. Whether you test the waters with one or two gadgets, or opt for a full makeover and create a smart home, each little change could make a big difference to both your bills and the environment.
The smart thermostat is one of the most popular smart devices used in homes across the UK. It works in conjunction with your heating system and a mobile app, which allows you to control your home’s heating remotely. It can also allow you to set different temperatures in different rooms throughout the home, meaning you never have to heat an empty room – this can lead to huge savings of both energy and money.
It’s clear that technology can make a tangible difference to our individual carbon footprints, and thus the wider environment. With so many different options available, you don’t have to commit to huge lifestyle changes in order to make a difference – with a little research, you can be sure to find some options that are perfect for you and your home.