How Smart Home Technology Can Improve Energy Efficiency in Waterfront Homes

March 17, 2023

 

We’ve all been digging for ways to make homes more energy efficient as the rate of utility bills is on the rise as well as limited resources for energy generation are at stake. Today’s segment covers some highly-effective smart technologies, particularly for homes by water bodies like the ocean or large lakes.

These homes are exceptionally located as they enjoy a bulk-load of resources like water, air, and sunlight that act as great renewable resources. The following home techs are some special suggestions other than solar energy that can potentially omit the need for energy from external authorities.

Top 3 Latest Home Technologies for Saving Energy

Who Owns Smart Home Technology. Source Coldwell Banker & Marketing Charts

 

AI thermal controllers:

Automated thermostats can regulate the temperature inside homes depending on need. The inside temperature of homes might not seem important to many, but having some control over it gives some implicit value.

For example, HVACs are usually active all day long after being turned on, but when there’s no one home, the AI can turn off the cooling system to save some energy. Since your thermal assistant is continuously keeping up with the temperature changes, it also suggests when you might want to slow down your HVAC or when it’s taking up too much energy.

Waterfront bodies are always experiencing diverse weather and seasons, and ending up with a large utility bill is a normal observation.

For homeowners who want to retain a tight budget for utilities to maintain other expenses, this small yet smart tech can be a big saving move. A decent automated controller should cost between $2000-$5000. The price may come off as unreasonable for a small fit like this but several sensors work simultaneously in a large house to give precise results and actions.

Kinetic energy converter:

Hydro-power is one of the most fun ways of producing energy that gives the highest yield compared to other energy sources, and beach houses can enjoy it all. Ocean waves and sea waves are inherently very strong, especially during tides that create an unimaginable amount of energy. Homeowners can install converter plates on seashores so that every time the waves hit them, the force is turned into energy and stored in a battery.

You can expect it to produce at least 20-60 KW of energy per wave hitting the plates. You can use smart monitors to supervise the power generation and also manually change the supply destination or appliances to be powered by it.

This is more than enough to power the entire lighting system and HVAC too, inside your beach house, saving you a massive part of your bills. The best part of hydro energy is that it’s always available, no matter the time of the day. So, you have pretty much a constant source of energy to rely on. Hydro energy is undeniably the best advantage a waterfront property can have in terms of efficiency.

A major downside is that it’s very expensive to install since it’s not very commercial yet and requires custom installation. It costs as much as a few million dollars. But because it produces a massive amount of energy, a few homeowners can collectively place a full set of WECs to power their homes.

Smart turbines:

Turbines are not innovative technology or are close to ‘modern’ because they have been with us for decades. They are frequently used as an efficient way to create energy for self-sufficient factories, mills, or farms where electricity from power grids couldn’t reach smoothly yet.

The question may arise: how is it smart for waterfront properties when it’s pretty traditional? Well, waterfront bodies experience more airflow than other places due to frequent changes in atmospheric pressure and humidity. The smart version of wind turbines does not only collect the kinetic energy from wind flow, but they can detect the direction of the wind.

That means these turbines don’t wait for when it’ll be flowing, rather they follow where the air pressure is created that would start pulling the air from neighboring areas. They also monitor the intensity of flow at different atmospheric levels and adjust their height. So, eventually, they power themselves, and because it consumes very little energy, remaining of the storage can easily power a handful of appliances. A homeowner should expect a budget of $75,000-$150,000 for home turbines, minus the installation expenses.

What’s the Current Market Price of Energy Efficient Waterfront homes?

Smart Home Statistics. Credit: Alarms.org

Energy-efficient waterfront homes have become increasingly popular among homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint and save on utility costs. As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, the demand for energy-efficient homes is on the rise. The market price of these homes varies depending on several factors such as location, size, amenities, and age.

If you're considering purchasing an energy-efficient waterfront home, it's essential to research the market prices in your desired area. Most of the time this type of home is priced higher than conventional units due to the added costs of energy-efficient features and technology.

For instance, a brand-new home in Flordia with state-of-the-art energy-saving features may cost up to 3 million. Same size home with fewer features you may buy under 1 million in the same market. Additionally, properties located in highly desirable areas may command a higher price tag compared to those situated in less desirable locations.

However, the long-term cost savings on energy bills and the potential increase in resale value may offset the initial investment.

As expensive as these additions sound, they are substantially the initial investment and don't require much maintenance cost later on. More importantly, it’s high time that more property owners and home builders start investing in these green energy systems to compensate for environmental damage. Increasing investment in these technologies would also rapidly cause the prices to become more economic and available for all.

 

 

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