The Sustainable Home
By Shawn Sturges
Infinity Property Ventures, LLC
What might the home of the future look like? We might see the homes of the future lean towards more of a green smart home model. These homes might include many self-sustaining features such as geo-thermal heating, rainwater collection systems, solar panels to collect and store energy, security systems activated remotely through smart devices, energy saving appliances, and many other technologies of the near future. We can see many individuals begin the transition towards these types of homes and as time moves on many more will begin to adopt these technologies into their homes.
In today’s economic climate this idea of a green smart home might be out of the reach for most, but this technology will become more affordable as more companies compete in these emerging technologies. At this point in time these types of homes lean more towards being luxury items with these homes mostly being the second or even the third home of the wealthy. This however will not always be the case due to younger generations that demand sociopolitical change along with being more environmentally conscious. This fact alone could see a dramatic lean towards greener smart homes much more quickly.
Millennial are the next generation in line in the home buying market so many real estate companies should pay attention in order to capitalize on a potentially lucrative market. We can see this generation already supports sociopolitical movements on social media along with having an environmental consciousness, so naturally the demand for a green smart home is just on the horizon. Do not be surprised if home builders begin erecting these homes from the ground up, or even if real estate investors purchase homes in order to convert them into a sustainable model so as to plant themselves firmly into this market.
Let us take a moment to visualize the home of the future. The home would have solar panels to collect and store energy which in turn will limit the amount of energy consumed by traditional means. A rain water collection and filtration system would be able to collect rain which then would be able to be used for showers, baths, laundry, drinking along with many other possible applications. Geo-thermal systems would be able to heat the home which would lower the electricity used, and even allow homes in the Midwest to rely less on natural gases for heat during harsh winters. The home’s security system would be connected to the owner’s smart device in order for the owner to always have the ability to monitor their home whether they are local or even on vacation. A multitude of other applications could be integrated from touch screens being able to replace key entry, and even voice activated artificial intelligence that would help to learn the owners habits in order to adjust the environmental controls. These technologies are truly not far off, and can potentially lessen the impact that we have on the environment around us.
These technologies may still only be accessible to the wealthy, but pay attention because competition tends to drive down price in the market. This means that this technology will eventually lower in price in order to become much more affordable to many economic groups throughout the United States and across the globe. Homeowners can already begin to adopt some of these various technologies into their homes which can move them in the right direction to lessen their individual impact on the environment that surrounds them. Take the time to be educated on green smart homes because at some point in time this will become the home of the future.