How My Home in Ten Years Will Change the Market

Smart home technology has come so far and is becoming more common to see in homes today. The smart home technology saves us time, money, energy, and connects our homes appliances to one another. My future home, in ten years, should be able to be a cleaner more self sustaining home. With the progression of global warming we need to utilize smart home technology to its maximum potential to make homes as efficient as possible to save energy and resources. However, the look of it also has to provide for progression in homes to a futuristic look and feel. It also has be attractive if it is going to survive in the on the market and become popular.

The home that I see to be my ideal home in the future, should run off of as much energy as it can from resources that are provided from the environment it is in. The house should be equipped to run off of energy sources such as solar energy and wind power. In combination with smart home technology, if all our appliances are connected, the house can figure out how to utilize the energy it receives in the most efficient way possible to power these devices. When getting this energy from its surroundings it needs an efficient way to store the energy so that the least amount of energy is lost. A very effective means of storing energy for these smart homes I believe is to use hydrogen fuel cells that can be kept in a basement or garage. These provide energy storage with very little to no self discharge and stores almost all power that is provided to them.

The house should have the ability to utilize energy not just in the form of electricity but also in the sense of heating and cooling. The setup should offer easy air flow on the inside of the house, but also allows you to open up the house on nicer days to use natural air flow as it source of cooling. However, the house needs to have very good insulation to be able to keep you from losing heat or cold to the surrounding air and protect against the outside elements. As a source for heating I see geothermal energy as an ideal way for future homes to heat their climate and water. Utilizing smart home technology the house could decide when is the best time to open up their windows to either heat up or cool down the house.

Lighting for smart homes should utilize natural lighting as much as possible during the day whether that be by mirroring light throughout the home, or if the setting of the house is already in a place that the house can be illuminated by light flowing into it. In the case of the mirroring, the smart home can adjust the mirroring based on the time of day to keep the entire house lit up throughout the day.

The goal of this house to is to leave as small of a carbon imprint as possible. I plan to use wood as a backup heat source. Using wood as a backup heat source would not impact the environment as harshly as oils used today. I would take the wood from the property surrounding the house and any wood that is removed to build the house. If branches need to be removed from trees in the lawn or surrounding area this wood should also be stored for the alternative heating source.
The landscaping of the home should be focused on plants and trees instead of grass because grass produces less oxygen in its life span than the carbon dioxide that is created when the grass is being decomposed. To add a beneficial process to the plants and trees around the home they should be fruit or vegetable bearing plants or be able to provide some benefit to the owners of the house to make it more appealing of environment, but also to make the house more self sustaining. To water these plants the house should have a way to collect rain water or precipitation from the natural elements to be distributed to the plants only in the most efficient manner utilizing a possible new form of smart home technology. This would connect the condition of the soil to an irrigation system so none of the water goes to waist. Also, collected rainwater can be channelled through small generators on the way to a water tank and that collected water can also be used to flush toilets.