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3 innovations to make a serious dent in your energy bill

Russia’s attack on Ukraine, inflation lowering the purchasing power of the Dutchman every month. Life is expensive at the moment and everyone can feel it in their wallet. In particular, high energy prices remain a topic of discussion, but- if handled smartly -can be substantially reduced. Besides temporary compensation from the government, you can also make a serious structural dent in your energy consumption and reduce your carbon footprint. As an agency, we see many interesting innovations coming up. Below we discuss the most impactful innovations to cut your costs and reduce your carbon footprint.

1. Plug and play solar panel: movable, relocatable and delivers power directly back to the grid

Invest in a mobile solar panel that lets you plug in power. You plug it into the socket and from the socket the power goes to the connected group in the meter cupboard. Other appliances connected to this group can thus directly use the generated energy. Are you not at home or do you generate more power than you use? Then the power is fed back into the network via the energy meter in your meter box. Even then, your generated energy is put to good use.

Order the Plug & Play here for €699,-.

This panel can generate around 200 kWh per year. Assuming an electricity price of €0.84 per kWh, one panel will generate up to €160 per year, which means you will have earned it back within 4.5 years.

2. Recycle shower: inspiring concepts

To save water and energy, consider a recycle shower. We use 127 liters of hot water in our home per day. Shower water is over a third of all water use. What many do not know is that in addition to heating costs to heat the home, an average of 15% of energy is consumed while heating shower- or dishwater. To address this problem, GROHE, a leader in the plumbing industry, has designed a circular concept shower that works with two phases. The shower starts with fresh water like any ordinary shower. Once the user has finished using shampoo or soap, the recycle mode can be switched on. A regular shower consumes on average 120 liters of heated water per ten minutes, the recycle shower only up to 30 liters, when in recycle mode. That saves 65 percent in energy compared to a regular shower, according to Grohe. Depending on the price of energy, that’s roughly good for savings of €1,300 a year for a family of four.

Read all the details about the circular concept shower here.

In addition, Counterflow has a shower that can recover heat, using the counterflow principle. Here, hot wastewater and cold tap water flow past each other in opposite directions. Thanks to a copper tube, the heat is easily transferred. You can save up to 62.5% of the energy needed to heat the water – definitely keep that in mind when remodeling your bathroom!

3. Home automation: smart home apps to automate appliances 

With automation in your home, you can easily save energy and indirectly cut down on energy bills. With home automation, you can turn lights on and off automatically, raise or lower blinds or set the heating to turn off when you go to bed. Having the blinds open in winter when it gets light so the sun can heat the house and having them close earlier in the afternoon prevents the cold from moving in. Home automation is easy to set up with the Google Nest 2 Hub, which you can buy for about €65.00. In addition to Google, Homey is another brand that specializes in smart home hubs and is rated by many as the best home automation system. You can buy the Homey Bridge for as little as €69.00. But should you want the latest version, it’s best to wait until the Homey Pro is out later this year (available for pre-order).

If you have a dynamic contract, then it pays to make cleveruse of off-peak hours by having home automation turn on your devices  then instead of during the day. You can also keep a close eye on current hourly rates and respond accordingly. Your average total energy savings with dynamic rates will be about €160 annually. This benefits your wallet and the environment!

Moveable solar panels, showers that recycle water and heat, and home automation to automate smart appliances in the home are some examples of technological innovations that can easily help anyone reduce their energy bills. Do you have any tips on innovations that make it easy to save energy? We’d love to hear it at hello@fitzgerald.amsterdam!