TOP 10 inventions to take care of the environment from home
Written by Curtis M. Wong
Recycle plastic containers, separate garbage in containers, reuse shopping bags … Surely you’ve ever wondered if you’re doing enough with those measures to protect the planet. If you are one of those who care about the environment, you should know that there are other ways of taking care of the environment from home and without investing much time or effort.
Efficient appliances, household appliances connected to the Internet of things or devices that monitor your energy consumption can help you. We review the most surprising and futuristic inventions that will facilitate your day-to-day tasks and also make your home more ecological.
1. The ground that transforms energy when you step on it
Turning on the lights of your house simply by walking through the rooms and corridors is possible. The Pavegen company has devised a type of tile that transforms the kinetic energy of the footsteps into electricity. Every time someone sets foot on the ground, its hybrid technology generates 7 watts of energy.
That current is stored in internal batteries that can be used when needed. At the moment, these futuristic tiles are already installed in the shopping center of the Federation Square in Melbourne, and soon they could reach our homes.
2. Showers to avoid waste
According to data from the World Health Organization , every minute you spend in the shower, 20 liters of water are spent. Drought is an increasingly worrying problem in many regions of the planet, and this year is being especially critical in Spain. Therefore, any measure is good to reduce daily consumption.
The Hydrao company has designed a shower that favors water saving through a simple mechanism: it has a light system integrated in the head that illuminates the water that falls and changes color depending on the liters you have spent. From 40 liters, an intermittent red tone warns you that it is time to go dry. On the other hand, the Nebia shower helps you reduce up to 70% of the water according to the company with a system that creates a cascade of tiny powdered droplets.
3. Control the expenditure of resources from the mobile
Not only in the shower can you waste water. The rest of the appliances also need large quantities of the precious liquid. That’s why devices like Ôasys help you regulate your consumption . This device allows users to understand how they use water inside the house thanks to a sensor placed in the tube, a screen that allows you to see the data in a simple way and an ‘app’ with which to control and analyze the information thoroughly from the mobile.
4. Smart thermostats
In addition to helping the environment through water control, there are devices that facilitate the task of reducing energy consumption from your mobile . Applications like Nest, one of the most famous smart thermostats , help you regulate the temperature of the home and set the heating. Thanks to this, we can make our house warm up just when we are going to get there, instead of wasting energy having the heating on throughout the day so as not to freeze after returning from work.
5. A water pump without packaging
“Don’t recycle the packaging, eat it.” That is the invitation of the British startup Skipping Rocks Lab , which has developed a water pump that fits in the mouth and does not use packaging . According to the company, when you are thirsty you just have to put the water bubble in your mouth and bite, since its coating, being composed of algae, can be swallowed and digested. The company intends that the invention will soon be accessible to all, although it is not yet commercialized.
Other projects, such as the social company Aura , use recycled plastic to make their water bottles. In addition, this Spanish initiative has a social purpose: they allocate the benefits to finance water purification projects in different countries.
6. A smart home garden
The best way to promote organic farming is to take the initiative yourself. The founders of the Greek company CityCrop have designed a greenhouse with sensors in which to grow different vegetables by monitoring the entire process from our ‘smartphone’. This smart device automatically controls the water and nutrients that must be provided to these hydroponic crops. Now, CityCrop is not the only project in this area: other companies also offer solutions for you to have your smart home garden.
7. The home recycling plant
According to the NGO Greenpeace , European seas suffer an unsustainable situation due to the accumulation of plastic waste. Therefore, there are more and more initiatives that promote alternatives to plastic pollutants, which take decades to degrade.
A Dutch designer has created Precious Plastic , a sustainable project that shares detailed tutorials and videos to learn how to build a small recycling factory at home. The objective is to reuse containers to make other objects or to obtain plastic fiber . Thanks to this homemade recycling plant, you can redecorate your home while avoiding contributing to environmental pollution.
8. Solar windows
Can you imagine that the sun not only illuminated your house with the rays of the day but also through your light bulbs? A group of researchers from Michigan State University have developed windows from fully transparent solar concentrators that transform light energy into electrical energy. If you do not want to do work in your house to change the windows, you have the option of hanging solar blinds, such as those of SolarGaps , which are also sustainable and are more easily installed.
9. Re-energizing the LED lights
LED bulbs consume less energy and have a longer life, so it is advisable to opt for them in your home. In addition, there are even those who are developing futuristic inventions with them.
Can you imagine an LED bulb that in addition to saving Levitical energy? The Flyte bulb captures energy by induction and magnetism. According to the manufacturer, the invention needs little energy to emit light and although it still has no capacity to illuminate an entire room in the dark, it is a good sign that there are new ways of lighting the house with an eye on energy savings. In addition, it should be noted that a Spanish researcher is developing more economical and sustainable biological LEDs .
10. The garbage bin of the future
It has all happened to us: you are going to throw something in the trash and when you arrive you see that it is full You can’t escape and it’s your turn to empty it. The Spanish company Smart Qube has created a smart garbage can to monitor the quality of recycling at home: share the data on the bucket’s own screen or in your mobile application. Through graphs and statistics, you can control the kilos of waste generated by the family.