Should electricians look closer at home? | Schneider Electric


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Nikko van der Merwe, vice president of homes and distribution at Schneider Electric, takes a look at why our industry needs to educate homeowners if we are to meet ambitious ‘net carbon emissions’ targets in the future. Over the past few years, we have all done our part to reduce our impact on the environment, and change our daily behavior to try to reduce global warming. However, we are all limited by our understanding of the real challenges that lie ahead. While individuals play a role in countering the threat, they cannot do it alone. Smart data-driven technology will be essential, and digital home retrofits should become the norm to ensure success. A recent Schneider Electric survey highlighted how consumers underestimate the potential impact of their homes on the planet. Consumers believe that industry causes 50% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while homes emit only 7-8%. However, reality offers a stark warning: Buildings alone are responsible for a staggering 35% of global energy end use and nearly 40% of energy-related CO2 emissions. Moreover, by 2050, household electricity use is set to more than double, outperforming industry as well as commercial use and transportation together. Despite our efforts, it’s clear that household and consumer activism has been largely overlooked when it comes to tackling climate change. One thing is for sure: To achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, our individual homes must be net zero. Introducing Fitbit to the home: Not surprisingly, ‘energy efficiency’ resonates better with consumers than ‘sustainability’ or ‘climate change’. Two-thirds of consumers feel that energy efficiency in the home is important, while only half of them feel that their carbon emissions are a threat and that reducing their carbon emissions is important. Sustainability and climate change appear to be below consumer priorities across the United States, France, Germany, and Sweden. Good intentions are there. More than half of Britons (55%) say it is important for their homes to reach net zero emissions during their lifetime, and that percentage rises to 60% for those between the ages of 35 and 54. Homeowners now need to adopt sustainable features to meet the challenges of climate change, and they aim to generate as much clean and renewable electricity as they consume. Most homeowners don’t seem to know how to do this, though, without sacrificing their lifestyles. We know that the most effective “diet” is not one that limits our consumption. It’s where we understand how much energy we’re using, and whether there’s a better way to make a long-term change without “relapsing” into bad habits. The role of technology in our homes should be to set the context for analyzing our energy efficiency efforts to come up with an achievable, healthy target for us. Basically, we need a Fitbit equivalent for our homes to keep us on the right track. Monitor energy habits in the home: Smart home technology is already popular. The majority of American households (69%) now own at least one smart home device, according to the Consumer Technology Association. UK household penetration is projected to reach 63% by 2025. What’s more, half of multiple device owners are interested in purchasing a position. Generally speaking, consumers are turning to smart home devices due to their ease of use and installation, as well as the benefits they provide in terms of cost and energy savings. However, what we see is that even though most consumers have a piece of smart technology, it is not revolutionizing the way we live and how we save energy. In fact, it has the potential to add to our environmental footprint. What consumers need is technology that enables unprecedented visibility into home energy habits, and that provides goals that consumers can easily understand and adjust their energy use to meet. The importance of integrated solutions, which connect and analyze data from a wide range of smart products in the home, cannot be overstated. Once our homes get really smart, a realistic path to net-zero will be revealed. Some things remain outside of our control. Nearly two-thirds of the energy consumption by buildings is provided by fossil fuels for direct use or for upstream power generation. There isn’t much a single individual can do to change this, but it is important to remember that it can have an impact on a more local level. With evidence that individuals now want to prioritize energy-saving improvements in their homes, the outlook for the future is more positive. Technology that delivers easy-to-understand insights to guide us towards decision making will be key to the next phase of sustainable development in the home. Get more details on the Schneider Electric suite of energy management solutions by clicking here


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