Investment in these green projects also ensures a positive return
Investors increasingly realize that social and environmental factors
Making home energy efficient is one of the major aspects of a ‘Smart Home.’ As technology advances every day and the society progresses, we’re being presented with state-of-the-art home features with designs elevated to a more futuristic level, making these smart and energy-efficient homes to be the future of housing. These energy-efficient houses are not only worth more, but investment in these green projects also ensures a positive return on investment (ROI).
Smart Home – what’s that?
A ‘smart home’ consists of an internet connection to which various electronic devices and smart appliances can be hooked up and controlled remotely from anywhere using a smartphone or any other networked device. The connectible electronic devices include Lights, Thermostats, ACs, Washing machines, Refrigerators, Geysers, TVs, Home Theatres, Digital Lockers, Master Door Locks, Cameras, and many more. All of these devices in a smart home system are connected to each other through the internet, allowing the user to control their functions remotely.
At the heart of a smart home is a strong internet connection or the Internet of Things (IoT). This Internet connection, along with well-engineered building automation, offers comfort, relaxation, security and productivity in homes. This IoT support all smart home appliances and gadgets.
And, as technologies are continuously evolving, the possibilities are endless.
Installation of energy-efficient features in homes including renewable energy systems, energy-saving lighting, and Energy Star-certified appliances, will help homeowners not only reducing their energy consumption but also enhancing the value of their properties. Thus, futuristic home design, for example, the Honda Smart Home prototype that has incorporated all the best features of smart and energy-efficient designs, will find new ways to enhance the sustainability and energy-efficiency of smart homes.
Main advantages of a Smart Home
Energy Efficiency is at the heart of any smart home system. Smart electronic gadgets and appliances help save energy and consequently cut down on the electricity bill of the consumer. Gadget automation and remote control facilities provided by a smart home setup help turn off gadgets like heaters, ACs, and lights when not in use. Proximity sensors built into these gadgets can automatically sense when the user is nearby. Based on that data, the gadget, like a smart bulb, turns on or shuts off automatically to save power. An ambient light sensor can automatically detect the ambient brightness in the room and adjust the light brightness too.
Smart heaters, coolers, and ACs can detect the ambient temperature of a room and set the desired temperature setting on its own. Other types of gadgets can make use of ML (Machine Learning) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) to ‘learn’ user preferences from their inception and to adjust inbuilt settings accordingly.
It’s not fun to get up and manually turn off those lights or lock those doors anymore. Comfort is the name of the game when it comes to smart home solutions. Being able to give voice commands to get things done is a novelty. We’ve all grown accustomed to voice searches on the internet, so why not control everyday home appliances using the same voice to turn up the ‘smartness quotient’ by quite a few notches? By setting up location or time-specific scheduling or proximity information in advance, one can fully automate various smart appliances.
Security and Safety
Security and safety are some of the main advantages of smart home solutions. A smart home provides added safety layers to protect your home from unauthorized access and break-ins. Cameras, motion-sensing alarms, smart doorbells revealing the identity of the person at the door, and surprise lights can greatly contribute to making your home-sweet-home a home-safe-home. When you are not in your home, these smart appliances can even thwart burglary attempts.
Automating boring Household Tasks
In case one wishes to take the burden of boring yet tedious household tasks off one’s shoulders, automated and connected devices are ready to help there as well. The obvious example is an AI-powered vacuum cleaner that senses dust and starts cleaning automatically or an ML-enabled smart cooker that’s ready to heat up the milk when it’s time for its consumption. The possibilities are uncountable!
“Alexa, play Hips don’t lie!” – There goes one simple voice command, and your favorite track is played on your favorite speakers right away. Smart homes call for smart entertainment without much manual operation. And then again, what is a smart home if it’s not also a hub to hang out and relax? Users can get their daily dose of entertainment and stay updated with the latest happenings around them. Connected speakers, automated home theater, smart TVs, etc. can offer curated content based on one’s media consumption habits.
Investment Opportunities in Energy-Efficient Future Smart Homes
The World Bank, in 2018, stated that over 34% of the Indian population lived in urban areas. By 2030, this figure will increase to about 41% of the population. As per the Digital Market Outlook, Smart Home market revenue in India is expected to soar to a massive 10.4 billion USD by 2025. These are tell-tale signs of a booming smart home market in the country. The future of homes is definitely gearing up to be ‘smart.’
Nowadays, investors increasingly realize that social and environmental factors have an impact on the value of a real estate property, and there is growing interest in investing in “green” and sustainable buildings.
Across the globe, “Green” building standards include LEED, ENERGY STAR, BREEAM, DGNB, HQE, and ISO 14001. These standards cover overall environmental and social issues such as energy, water, indoor air quality, occupant comfort, access to public or alternative means of transportation, waste, and sourcing of construction materials and ongoing procurement. Therefore, these energy-efficient houses are worth much more.
According to builders, the additional expenditure incurred to make a home energy-efficient can be recovered in 3-4 years in saved energy costs. Owning the home for 4 years will give you the benefit of the increased property value as well as reduced energy costs.
Conclusion and Way Ahead
Making home energy-efficient is now a top infrastructure priority, and that need investment offering long term revenue prospects. There is ample scope for investors to invest in these green projects of ‘sustainable & energy-efficient homes’ and ensure steady revenue. You should take the help of your advisor to know more about the investment opportunities.
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