Climate Change, Energy Consumption and IoT monitoring

Published April 9, 2020 
-2min-

 

Home heating plays a significant role in climate change and we all know that European countries need to tackle this issue in order to meet their climate change targets.

Let’s have a look at (or remember) the following facts from Eurostat*:

  • Households represented 27 % of final energy consumption in 2017 in the EU.
  • Natural gas accounted for 36 % of the EU final energy consumption in households.
  • The main use of energy by households in the EU in 2017 was for heating their home (64.1%).

 

Regarding Belgium, did you know that it was the 6th European country in 2017 with the greatest natural gas consumption? Actually, a share of 25.7% in total final energy consumption, which includes total petroleum products, solid fuels, natural gas, derived heat, renewable energy, electricity and other energy products. Knowing that heating represents more than two-third of the EU households’ energy consumption, it is essential to reduce our heating consumption to be able to reduce the final natural gas energy consumption.

 

You can cut down your heating consumption by changing everyday behaviours, and this is possible at no cost! (check out our article about saving energy at home https://www.bcheck.be/saving-energy-at-home-a-few-tips/). Moreover, decreasing your heating would cut greenhouse gas emissions as well as carbon monoxide emissions. And last but not least, it will make you save money!

But how can the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) help you?

You may already know that there are now various smart boilers on the market. However, getting a new boiler costs and may not be interesting and useful when your actual boiler works properly. Thankfully, bcheck’s self-innovative IoT solution allows to improve existing heating systems. If you wonder what the meaning of IoT is, it refers to “a network comprised of physical objects capable of gathering and sharing electronic information. The Internet of Things includes a wide variety of “smart” devices, from industrial machines that transmit data about the production process to sensors that track information about the human body”[1]. In brief, smart objects using machine-to-machine (M2M) communication to make our lives easier, better and/or greener!

So, if you are ready to adopt this technology, bcheck’s easily mounted remote monitoring system will help you to optimize your boiler performance and to get more insight into its operations. Not only this would reduce your energy consumption, make you save money and emit less carbon, but it will also prevent you from unnecessary maintenance costs!

 

Battling climate change starts at home: each action, however seemingly small, counts!

Start with bcheck!

 

*These are the most recent figures presented about this topic from Eurostat.

Sources:

BBC, Central heating boilers ‘put climate change goals at risk’. Business, 15.10.19 (online: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50041077, last retrieved March 31, 2020 at 1 p.m.)

USA Today, Internet of things can battle climate change. (online: https://eu.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/03/02/internet-battle-climate-change/5899331/, last retrieved March 31, 2020 at 1 p.m.)

Eurostat, Final total energy consumption in EU countries. (online: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cache/infographs/energy/bloc-3a.html, last retrieved April 1, 2020 at 2 p.m.)

Eurostat, Energy consumption in households. (online: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php?title=Energy_consumption_in_households, last retrieved April 1, 2020 at 3 p.m.)

 

 

[1] Definition of the Internet of Things (online: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/internet-things.asp, last retreievd the 10th of February 2020)