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Modernize Your Home With These 3 Energy Efficient Upgrades

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Making your home as eco-friendly as possible seems like a no-brainer when you consider the amount of money you’ll save in the long run—as well as the extent of the damage that toxic emissions and ground water depletion are causing mother earth.

Across the world people are increasingly embracing energy efficient retrofits that significantly lower financial costs while preserving valuable resources that would otherwise be wasted.

Read on to discover three of the most popular ways you can modernize your home to become as energy efficient as possible. These upgrades will minimize your carbon footprint and make your home a healthier and happier environment.

Rainwater Harvesters

How can they help?

The environmental benefit of installing a rainwater harvester can be found in its ability to reduce the depletion of ground water, a practice that is having a dramatic impact on our world. The increasing scarcity of ground water is the result of human dependence upon the extraction of water from the ground to provide for the escalating population of the planet.

According to the World Economic Forum, feeding our world takes up 90 percent of our freshwater withdrawals.

Unsurprisingly, this has led to global anxiety over the possibility of a complete loss of water in areas where groundwater is naturally less plentiful. Rainwater harvesters also boast technology that can help cut down on the effects of soil erosion.

The benefits of these systems are supported by many high profile organizations.

How do Rainwater Harvesters work?

Rainwater harvesting systems – as you might expect from the name – harvest the rainwater that has fallen freely from the sky, typically onto the roof of your home. The collected water is then gravity-fed into an underground drain pipe before entering a filter specifically designed to remove leaves, soil and any other debris from water, thereby improving its quality for when it is distributed to a water tank ready for human consumption.

The underground rainwater tank also contains a powerful pump mechanism with the ability to recognize when water pressure drops, which indicates that the amenities of the home have been used in some form, such as when a toilet is flushed or a tap is turned on. The harvesting system then automatically transmits rainwater to the area of the home where water is required.

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A modern electric radiator.

Energy Efficient Heaters

How can they help?

Perhaps the simplest and easiest way to incorporate environmentally friendly technology into a modern home is to invest in the installation of quality electric radiators that run on eco-friendly engineering.

Modern electric radiator systems require only a third of what night storage heaters demand.

How do Energy Efficient Heaters work?

Modern electric radiators come equipped with the latest industry technology designed to lessen energy consumption while reducing costs. This involves the use of advanced capabilities like ceramic tablets, which help radiators generate heat quickly at any time of day or night. The electric radiator’s ability acts in complete contrast to night storage heaters which rely on wet systems that necessitate longer activation periods and use up large amounts of energy in the process.

Another popular technological advancement of electric radiators is the inclusion of a multi-fin design that behaves as a kind of chimney pot; transferring heat equally across the until all rooms are of an ideal temperature .

Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps

How can they help?

Ground source heat pumps are useful instruments that allow for the heating of radiators and underfloor heating systems, making them perfect for home usage. The great thing about these pumps is that they require very little electricity to run, and the means of natural heat extraction they use ensures that all energy consumed is renewable. This is thanks to pumps that eliminate the need for natural gas and oil, effectively reducing harmful emissions by up to 1.8 tons per year.

How do Ground Source Heat Pumps work?

Ground source heat pumps are able to extract heat using a network of water pipes buried in the ground surrounding a property, usually situated in the garden.

How do Air Source Heat Pumps work?

Air source heat pumps differ from ground pumps as they work through the use of a technology that absorbs heat from outside air, which can function in temperatures as low as 5° F or -15° C. Once absorbed, this collected air is then distributed evenly around a home via household appliances such as radiators, underfloor systems and air convectors, all as part of a process that resembles how a refrigerator is able to omit cold temperatures through an opposing absorption of cold air.

Consider modernizing your home with these innovative green systems. Leave us a comment below and let us know how they’ve improved the health of your home and your wellness.

This post was sponsored. 

Lindsay has spent her career at the intersection of media and social change. In her role at Eco-Chick, Lindsay has established partnerships and campaigns with some of the world’s most-recognized companies committed to sustainability and CSR. She co-created the popular interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay is the Marketing and Sustainability Manager at Health-Ade Kombucha and previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia. There she directed corporate advertising dollars to the nation’s most effective non-profits tackling urgent social issues in local communities and was awarded CBS Corporation’s prestigious Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine, EarthHour.org, Eco-Age.com, and for environmentalists Laura Turner Seydel and Susan Rockefeller. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.