Houses fitted with solar panels are a clear sign that the future is unfolding before our very eyes, as we now have technological innovations that were unthinkable a few years ago but which now seem to be quite indispensable, in an age where we are seeking to create a new, truly sustainable and efficient housing model.
This is what the houses of the future will look like
The houses of the future will combine ancestral customs such as feng shui with home automation and the Internet of Things. Basically, it’s about drawing on (or reclaiming) the best of the past and improving it with modern-day technological advances.
We can clearly see that better materials and techniques are becoming more widely available. For example, ventilated façades or windows with thermal bridges (also called thermal breaks) are no longer an innovation; they have become just one more element to achieve the best possible home insulation.
Home automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) have also burst into the scene and into our homes. Many household appliances have their own Internet connection, allowing us to program them according to our needs.
In this sense, perhaps one of the most striking aspects of the homes of the future will be the application of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. The huge amounts of data and information that we generate continuously can be used to better manage our homes by learning how we use energy, water, or any other resource.
Thanks to all of this, in a few years’ time, we will have homes capable of managing themselves, even better than we could do it ourselves. They will be able to self-clean or automatically maintain the air conditioning, according to our tastes, and the outside temperature and humidity.
What are solar homes?
Talking about the future of housing also means talking about renewable energies, and, to be more precise, solar energy. Many houses are already equipped to be able to harness solar energy and convert it into electricity.
One such example is Seed, the first expandable solar house designed by the Australian company Prodengin.
Seed is an energy-efficient, or virtually self-sufficient, house. It incorporates solar panels and can generate up to 8 kW, as well as employing a water collection system and 360-degree windows to make the most of natural light.
According to its creators, Seed, which is 2.5 metres high and 6 metres wide, provides more than enough living space. One of its main advantages, apart from its “compact” size, is that we can take it anywhere, even to areas that the electricity grid doesn’t cover.
However, Seed is almost insignificant compared to other innovative alternatives for harnessing solar energy in the home, such as using solar and photovoltaic paints, photovoltaic glass, or photovoltaic roof tiles, three examples of how we will be seeking to take advantage of every ray of solar energy in the future.
At present though, the best way to harness this type of energy is by having houses fitted with solar panels.
Advantages of houses fitted with solar panels
- Savings on your energy bills
The prices of solar panel installations have fallen considerably in recent years. When we see that electricity bills in Spain have doubled in the last few months, houses with self-consumption solar panels are a safe and guaranteed investment.
- Increased property value
Houses fitted with solar panels increase in value compared to those with conventional electrical installations. This is clearly because future owners or tenants will be able to generate their own electricity without having to make the initial investment.
- Green energy production and consumption
We are becoming increasingly committed to looking after our planet. As a result, many people are opting for truly safe and eco-efficient systems, and photovoltaic panels are a prime example. They’re totally environmentally friendly because they don’t produce gases or waste, and the sun is an unlimited source of energy.
- More efficient
Solar energy is one of the cheapest renewable energy sources and has the greatest potential. The initial investment in photovoltaic panels can be recouped in the first 7 to 10 years. Moreover, in the last decade, the efficiency of solar panels has increased by a factor of 1.5, so the panels that are currently being installed produce more energy.
- Grants or subsidies
The owners of houses fitted with solar panels are eligible for grants and subsidies to get their photovoltaic installations up and running.
Do you need any more information?
Companies such as MyGreenHouse carry out all the paperwork associated with the installation of solar panels in your home, from the initial design to its commissioning, and including all the administrative requirements and permits.
If you have any questions, simply get in touch with us, and we will be able to give you the answers you need.