Most of us cannot afford to move to a new, better climate address, so we’re going to have to respond to the new climate at your current home’s address. Some of the obvious changes you’ll want to make include:
1. Heat pumps are installed to extract natural warmth from the air outside to heat the home and its water. They are effective to -15° C and can use electricity from renewable sources. Combined with air conditioning in a ductless mini split system, they use 1/10th the electricity of a traditional central heat and air conditioning system.
2. Solar panels will provide much of the household’s energy needs without polluting the environment. The latest panels are designed to look like roof tiles so they blend in to their surroundings.
3. A smart refrigerator that dynamically responds to wider energy usage on the national grid is installed. It switches itself on and off in response to demand to reduce energy usage while keeping food fresh. Cameras installed inside also allow residents to check the contents without letting out cool air by opening the door.
4. The house has a smart clothes dryer that uses a heat pump to generate hot air, lowering energy consumption by 60 percent compared to conventional clothes dryers.
5. Advanced windows, use sensors to adjust shading based on the temperature and time of day, saving energy by both utilizing and toning down heat from sunlight.
6. Occupancy lighting automatically reduces electric lighting based on the amount of natural light in the room, and turns lights off when rooms are not in use.
7. Hybrid battery storage will store energy from solar panels when there is a surplus to discharge when there is shortfall, providing stable, reliable power for residents throughout the day.