It is no secret that we are in the middle of a serious climate crisis. The UN has warned that we are no longer on track to meet climate change targets. The ice in the Arctic Sea is in danger, and the world is getting hotter.
People around the world are encouraged to take any steps they can to combat this. Energy saving technology is one answer to the climate change issue. This guide is split into two sections to help you make a difference:
The following technologies are at the cutting-edge of energy saving technologies. They are therefore less affordable but by no means less exciting. Technology has caused a significant proportion of climate change issues and it also has the power to reverse some of its affects.
Solar Window technologies are a company that produce regular windows that could generate 50 times more electricity than today’s solar PV panels. According to their website, they guarantee your financial return in less than one year. This energy saving technology is cutting-edge and says its windows on a 50-storey building could generate enough to power 130 homes every year.
The concept focuses on liquid coatings for glass and plastic with small solar cells within which group together as arrays. The organic layer is applied from the inside, to fight against the effects of bad weather, whilst remaining transparent.
The University of Bristol created this innovative energy saving source from man-made diamonds. They discovered that placing this diamond close to a radioactive source has produced an electric current, acting as a battery. This could definitely be a renewable energy source for the future if produced on a large scale.
The energy from such a power source could be held safely within these diamonds for 5,730 years. Its uses could potentially range from powering pacemakers and satellites.
Another exciting energy saving gadget is the SolPad Mobile device which offers a scaled-up solar charging and battery solution for both home and off-grid applications. This device has the power to store enough energy to power a laptop, fridge or even a TV, all from solar energy. Unlike other products on the market, the SolPad is a portable energy saving device which contains all the components in one handy gadget. The first model even had its own Wi-Fi!
The energy saving gadgets in this section are more affordable. ‘Green technology’, specifically refers to energy saving devices that have been designed to lower or reverse the effects humans have on the environment. In this section we describe the most effective ones that will fit in your home.
If you want to make a substantial difference in your home, investing in an energy monitor is a wise decision. An energy monitor calculates the cost of all your household appliances, along with lighting, to give you a full report of your spending. Installing this energy saving device can help you to identify where you need to make energy changes. Choosing to install a monitor can save you up to 15% on your gas and electricity bills.
It must be noted that that many energy suppliers provide a free monitor when you join their company.
Most people will have a multi plug adapter strip in their home and probably not think much of it. The problem with these extension plugs are always switched on. TVs, game consoles and computers are just three examples of electronics that are continuously on standby.
Smart power strips look exactly the same as a regular power strip but are explicitly designed to control power usage. This clever energy saving gadget senses when devices are plugged in, yet not in use, and cut off the power, avoiding any wasted energy.
Eco showerheads allow you to enjoy an equally as strong stream as a conventional shower but using less water. The average persons showering length is 8 minutes, and when you consider a normal shower uses 2.1 gallons per minute, there is room for change.
Ecocamel produce these energy saving devices and they focus on integrating aircore technology to lessen water usage. When switched on, high-pressure air is forced into the water stream, which causes turbulence. The combination of increased pressure and turbulence feels the same as a standard showerhead but uses less water. A flow regulator is built-in which limits water flow to 8-litres per minute. Cutting 2.1 gallons down to 1.8 is one big saving of energy!