Home automation has come a long way since the days of automatic garage door openers, programmable coffee makers and electrical outlet timers. In those days, people chose to automate based on convenience, but today’s homeowners are all about creating energy-efficient homes and green living. Whether you choose to automate your home to save on your utility bills or to save the planet, investing in smart technology is a solid way to improve your home and reduce energy costs.
Home automation is the term used to describe the way that homeowners have chosen to automate and control normal home processes using smart technology. Most often these technologies are Wi-Fi enabled, which allows them to be remotely controlled anywhere they can get a signal. Your regular home becomes a smart home once you decide to automate its functions.
Accounting for about 25 percent of your utility bills, the largest consumer of energy in your home is your HVAC system. By installing a smart thermostat, you can control the temperature of your home using a mobile app. You’ll stop wasting energy on climate control for an unoccupied home without sacrificing the comfort of having your home at the perfect temperature the moment you walk through the door.
Many electronics use energy simply by virtue of their being plugged in. Dubbed energy vampires, these devices are responsible for up to 10 percent of your total home energy consumption—even when they are not turned on. With the use of smart technology, you can eliminate that waste without having to physically unplug those items. A smart power strip will allow you to disable or enable those devices using a mobile app.
Leaving the lights on in an unused room is a common source of wasted energy. By replacing your incandescent bulbs with LEDs and using an automated lighting system that includes timers, motion sensors and W-Fi enabled control, you’ll save money and be well on your way to greener living and lower utility bills. Smart lighting systems are often a part of home security systems. Smart lighting ensures that you will never have to sacrifice safety for lower electric bills.
With a commitment to green living and a dedication to converting traditional homes into energy-efficient homes, homeowners like you can enjoy a smart home with lower monthly energy bills, tons of amenities and all the creature comforts your heart desires.
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