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Eco – friendly steps for our home


Man’s impact on nature is disastrous. The development of civilisation destroys the eco environment and contributes to the formation of dangerous diseases. Burning of rubbish, emission of dusts and toxins into the atmosphere, waste of energy – this is our everyday life. We cannot predict when an ecological disaster will hit us. However, if we do nothing or do little, there will be no distant future. A series of natural disasters could affect us, our children, and almost certainly our grandchildren.

This awareness is needed in order to mobilise for change. Also, to seek an answer to one question. Generally – what can we do in our limited range to prevent this from happening? How can we not waste energy and reduce the transmission of pollutants into the air? There are many options – apart from replacing a coal-fired boiler with a eco one – there are many.

For being more eco, we can:

Improve thermal insulation of the house. Also, equip it with high-energy class devices.

Reduce energy consumption (with the use of pro-ecological Smart Home devices) control the heating during the heating season wisely.

Firstly: keep the heat in the house.

Even the most environmentally friendly heating technologies will not be energy-efficient, if heat escapes from the building through leaking windows and doors. This will result in unnecessary energy consumption through prolonged reheating of rooms, cooled down by poor insulation.

man installing the window

In the case of newly constructed buildings, energy efficiency is imposed in advance by the Ministry of Infrastructure already at the design and construction stage. Similarly, in the case of modernised buildings, the priming of the ground is imposed at the design and construction stage. The latest parameters allowing for the use of single-family houses are specified in the WT 2021 regulations. They come into force from the beginning of January 2021 (see: Heating and new WT 2021 standards). Until then – i.e. for two more months – the less restrictive regulations contained in WT 2017 apply. Due to the development of technology and construction, these guidelines are updated on average every 5 years.

But what can you do on your own while using our homes? Especially the older ones, whose energy standards are roughly speaking insufficient.

What should you remember to keep the heat in your home?

  • Do not cover radiators (with curtains, furniture, cushions, etc.).
  • If possible, seal the window joinery – this is where the heat „escapes” as quickly as possible.
  • It is also worthwhile to seal the entrance door, cellar and attic doors. Also it is worth to think about sealing the walls and roof.
  • Finally, it is good to consider installing automatic heating control systems. They will allow each room to maintain a separate temperature – appropriate to its function, e.g. lower in rarely used rooms or in the whole house when it is empty for a long time. Investing in a proven control system is also an excellent way to reduce heating bills.

Secondly: monitor energy consumption

Building automation by SALUS Controls – equipped with the Smart Home series – is a solution which will help to optimise the operation of home appliances.

Daily waste of energy is a plague. Meanwhile, such carelessness costs both financially and ecologically. We do not turn off the lights. Then we do not take chargers out of our sockets, we sleep with the night lights on. Nor do we always pay attention to what energy class of appliance we use every day. By this, we cause a huge increase in the running costs of our homes and unjustified energy losses.

First of all, thanks to appropriately programmed operating scenarios, temperature thermostats, Smart Plugs or intelligent relays can control not only heating, but also lighting and ON/OFF electrical devices. For example, at a fixed time the power will be cut off from selected devices, which automatically reduces energy consumption. All you have to do is create a rule that switches everything off at midnight.

Smartphone with usage diagram

In addition, the free SALUS Smart Home application records the energy consumption of devices controlled by Smart Plugs, indicating the largest sources of energy consumption. The consumption history (clear graphs) allows for a clear calculation. No more shooting in the dark – a radiator in the hallway, a lamp in the bedroom, a computer?

Which devices do not work efficiently and require a change of mode?

Also, which are not environmentally (eco) friendly?

Do the devices need to be replaced with new ones?

With specific data, you know what to watch out for.

Thirdly: avoid overloads

The largest part of the energy consumed during the operation of a house is consumed by heating. It is more than 70% of the building’s energy needs. It is important to adapt the heat of the rooms to their function and time of day. Keeping the bedroom cooler than the living room, while in the living room it is good to keep the economic temperature (not comfortable or, on the contrary, too low) during prolonged absence of the household members. These seemingly minor amenities not only increase the comfort of life and promote better health, but also relieve the overloaded effects of the development of civilisation. Only such a micro-scale of our actions will bring macro and eco results.

Uncontrolled cycles of overheating and cooling do not favour stable functioning of the heating system and increase its failure rate.

SALUS Controls temperature thermostats reduce unnecessary activity of a heating device. It is caused by maintaining an individual temperature set by the household members in rooms. They provide as much heat as needed, eliminating the uncomfortable and environmentally unfavourable overdrive effect.

Controlling the temperature at home reduces energy losses. Also wise control of CH heating is a highly eco solution. To sum up…

Quantum thermostat, modern house

Why use intelligent eco heating control?

First of all, by adjusting the room temperature to your current needs (for example 23 degrees in the bathroom, 21 degrees in the living room, 19 degrees in the bedroom), we avoid overheating less frequented rooms and paying for the heat we do not need.

Secondly, SALUS Controls room regulators operate flexibly. Their main task is to maintain a set temperature in the rooms (heating schedules). However, it doesn’t mean that while being out of the house, we do not have any influence on the operation of heating devices. Thanks to the SALUS Smart Home series, from the office, from the hotel – we can react in real time. The thermostats work according to the schedules, but they also take into account the ad hoc decisions of the user.

Thirdly, heating control helps to reduce energy losses during the daily operation of the building, which translates into environmental protection, improvement of the quality of the air we breathe (reduction of smog), as well as reduction of household charges.

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