The Ultimate #LiveGreenSmart Step Is Living in a Green Smart Home

Being green conscious, we may recycle, reuse, reduce and repurpose.

The next and ultimate step is to live in a green smart home.

A green smart home blends green features with smart home technology.  Smart technology is used to manage and further improve on the efficiency and costs of running a green home.  Energy-and-water-efficiency – and comfort are maximised.

From monitoring the water level in the rainwater harvesting tank to adjusting one of the zone temperatures within the hydronics radiant heating and cooling system, smart technology makes living green, easier.

Schedules are set up to run the green features automatically.  We balance comfort and efficiency while doing our part for Mother Earth.  And homeowners who move from traditional homes to green homes are aware that they’ll save on monthly running costs.…

Heat Pump, Efficiently Makes Hot and Cold Water

Heat pumps are designed to work off air temperature.  They use a minimal amount of electricity and work like air-conditioners in reverse.

The heat pump is usually mounted outside the house where it comes into contact with free-flowing air.  Hot air is drawn into the heat pump, where it then passes over a refrigerant.  The refrigerant boils and evaporates, heating up a condenser coil which heats water in the tank – and warm water then flows to the taps.

Dual function heat pumps heats water, cools water down, or heats and cools water at the same time.  This leads to twice as much efficiency.

And while it isn’t convenient to climb into the ceiling to turn down the thermostat, in a smart green home, the adjustment is easily made on a smartphone/computer.…

Monitor and Efficiently Manage Home Temperature

The ability to heat up or cool down any area within the home is a special feature.  This is achieved through Hydronics radiant heating and cooling, which is a water-based method of temperature control that uses almost no electricity.  This is also an eco-friendly method.

The water in this system won’t cost much as it is circulated through the system over and over.

The home is divided into areas called ‘zones’.  These zones have temperature control options which are adjusted, meaning that each zone has a different temperature if required.  And as the hydronics system is installed below the surface of the floor, any temperature adjustments are felt within a short period of time.

Rooms are insulated, in order to maintain the set temperatures. …

Eco-living In Comfort, Really

In a green smart home, one is able to monitor and control every aspect.

At a glance, we see what our electricity usage is and take steps to reduce usage without sacrificing convenience or comfort.

Hot water is always on tap.

With water tanks being used to collect and store rainwater, the water level is checked at a glance, using the smart monitoring system.

The green smart home works with the environment.  A full weather report including the temperature and humidity levels is always available on the app.

And with hydronics radiant heating and cooling, and with comprehensive insulation being in place, one walks barefoot and in a t-shirt in winter.…

Smart Technology with Laptop and Smart Device App

Electricity usage is reduced with energy conservation, and smart technology is useful in reducing usage to an even larger extent.

With smart technology, data is continuously collected.  An app, laptop, desktop and/or smart devices are used to view information.  Data is available per minute, hour, day, over weeks, months and even years.  Patterns are thus identified and managed.

As an example, if we increase the temperature within the home at the start of the cold season, the hydronics radiant heating and cooling system takes 24-48 hours to adjust to the new temperature.  When the new temperature is reached, the data on the new electricity usage is available almost immediately.  Whilst maintaining the comfort within the home, we then lower the temperature by a few degrees or so to save on electricity usage. …

Your questions about photo-voltaic electricity answered

It’s the ultimate dream for every homeowner—being able to produce enough electricity to run your home without ever relying on the grid. The benefits to homeowners are twofold. First, it can significantly reduce your monthly electricity bill. Second, you’ll never be without power. Even if the grid goes down, your appliances and lights will carry on working.

Existing homes can also be retro-fitted with a photo-voltaic system, although this may incur some additional costs. We’ll look at what’s involved, how the system works and what costs and saving you can expect from using such solar power.

What is a photo-voltaic system?

Essentially, photo-voltaic means harnessing the power of the sun and converting it into electricity that can be used to power your home.…

Photovoltaic solar-powered green living: is it for you?

Despite the lack of rolling blackout in recent months, South Africa is still facing a power crisis. Investing in eco-friendly homes with photovoltaic solar panels is one solution to the problem. Though these homes are more expensive than traditional ones. If you’re a first time home buyer, does it make sense to splurge now and to save in the future? Here’s everything you need to know about owning a photovoltaic solar powered home.

The advantages of photovoltaic solar power

Beyond the obvious savings on the monthly electricity bill, photovoltaic solar power makes sense for a number of good reasons. Eco-friendly homes that run on photovoltaic power systems include the following benefits for homeowners:

Never run out of electricity

As long as the sun is shining, we’ll be able to run the home.…

Combining green features and smart technology in eco-friendly homes

More South Africans are starting to express an interest in living in eco-friendly homes. Once considered to be the preserve of the eco-conscious, more people are realising that green living has serious financial benefits. The same could be said about smart home automation systems. Although they’re not common in this country, as the technology develops, they are becoming more popular and have a number of benefits when used in green homes. In this article we’ll look at some of the ways smart home technology is used in eco-friendly houses.

Smart home automation for temperature control

The first thing to know about green homes is that they are properly insulated. Unlike traditional homes, green home developers understand that complete insulation makes it easier to manage the temperature inside the home.…

Which features should we look for in a green smart home?

A green smart home is one that combines both eco-friendly features and technologies with smart home technologies. The concept is still new to the South African market, and offers various benefits for savvy homebuyers. Not only is a green smart home energy efficient and cost-effective, the addition of a smart home technology system makes it easy to monitor and efficiently manage the green smart home feature’s resource consumption to maximise the monthly savings.

With only a few of these homes on the market, here are some cost-effective features making them sound investments.

Energy Efficiency

We would expect an eco-friendly home to be fitted with photovoltaic solar panels. Energy-efficiency is at the top of the list when shopping for a green home.…

What is a green smart home?

You may have heard of green homes. Eco-friendly houses that are built using green principles to conserve resources and reduce running costs are slowly gaining traction in South Africa and around the world. As the green trend develops, smart technologies are being incorporated into green homes to enhance their efficiency. The two work well together to enable monitoring and efficiently managing power and water resources. What does this mean for homeowners?

Increased energy-efficiency

Green homes are desirable because they use resources efficiently. This is particularly important when it comes to power consumption. An ordinary home relies on the municipal electricity supply. As the price of electricity continues to rise, homeowners are looking for ways to reduce their consumption and to save money.…