In recent years, technology has become an inextricable part of every modern household, and the relationship contemporary families have with in-home tech will only deepen in the years to come. Not only does household tech aim to alleviate some of the pressure of the hectic modern lifestyle off your shoulders, creating an oasis of comfort and positivity, but it also serves the purpose of reducing your home’s energy consumption.
In the modern age when global warming and violent climate change are wreaking havoc on ecosystems around the world, lowering its carbon footprint becomes the duty of every household. Here are 5 high-tech design ideas that can help you transform your kitchen into an eco-friendly haven, and allow you to make long-term financial savings with little to no maintenance.
Smart Kitchen Display
Touchscreen technology has been around for quite some time, yet, it is only now finding its way into modern homes, and becoming an essential amenity in contemporary kitchen layouts. The art of meal preparation might not require the help of smart technology. However, digital cookbooks, online assistance, and AI-driven gadgets can really help homeowners cut back on energy consumption while making the entire cooking process easy and stress-free.
One of the tech innovations that can elevate your performance in the kitchen is the built-in display on the wall or in between your kitchen cabinets that you can control with your voice or your fingertips. This display can also be integrated into your kitchen island countertop and boast everything from a Wi-Fi connection to a cooking timer. With this smart addition, you can easily search for recipes on the go, and make your time in the kitchen as productive as possible.
Kitchen gadgets have always been a staple of a productive kitchen, helping moms and dads around the world cook with efficiency and efficacy, avoiding many a nasty spill or burnt casserole in the process. Nowadays, you can replace your kitchen gadgets with their AI-driven counterparts for increased control and cooking efficiency.
Innovations such as smart egg timers aim to bring order and organization to your kitchen, offering you step-by-step video tutorials of numerous recipes, helping you assemble shopping lists and even make weekly meal lists. Gadgets such as these wouldn’t be so interesting if they didn’t boast cross-platform connectivity, allowing you to monitor their performance from your smartphone – using a dedicated app, for instance, you could monitor and alter the performance of your oven, microwave, or crock-pot.
Modern, Smart Appliances
By far the biggest and most prudent change you can make in your kitchen is to upgrade your old appliances and switch them out for eco-friendly, smart models. Modern appliances not only aim to minimize energy and water consumption in your household, but they’re built to last as well. What’s more, contemporary models come in a variety of aesthetic designs.
For instance, 2018 kitchen appliance trends emphasize the need for connectivity between appliances and smart handheld devices, but they also highlight the importance of aesthetics in the modern kitchen setting. With that in mind, be sure to complement function with pure form by opting for French door ovens, sleek induction cooktops, and beautiful quartz countertops.
Eliminate Power Cords with Wireless Technology
The concept of the wireless kitchen is not a new one, yet the majority of homeowners are still a bit apprehensive about having no power cords in their kitchen. Just imagine, a battery-powered mixer without a charging cord – how can that be? Well, such novelties aim to transform the kitchen as you know it, giving you unparalleled freedom of movement throughout the room, with all of your gadgets and appliances fully charged at all times.
Boasting wireless technology across the board, the modern kitchen can render the power cord completely obsolete, and in turn, create a safer place for you and the children. Your mobile devices such as smartphones and laptops, as well as cooking gadgets, can all be charged and operated seamlessly through wireless counters.
Smart Bins that Make Compost
One of the biggest problems around the world has to deal with waste management and disposal. As the oceans are swelling up with garbage, and the global landfills are no longer able to support the rapid increase in waste production around the world, homeowners need to find new ways to minimize waste production in their own homes.
Aside from recycling, reusing, and repurposing, you can also let smart technology lend a helping hand. Innovative solutions such as smart bins aim to reduce your food waste production by converting it into compost (organic nutrients that can be utilized to feed growing plants) that can be later put to good use in your garden or given to local farmers.
Smart home technology might sound appealing because of the promise of unparalleled comfort and convenience, but in the end, it might serve a far greater purpose than helping you boil an egg perfectly. With these high-tech solutions, you can effectively reduce the energy and water waste in your home, and thus aid the preservation of the environment while making long-term financial savings in the process.
About the Author:
Derek Lotts is a Sydney based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology, and business. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.