A smart home with Smart Energy is a green home. Home automation makes it happen by providing control over various systems (lighting, security, temperature, electrical, and more) while the homeowner is away with just a few smartphone taps. In this case, home automation, smart Energy management / home technology helps conserve energy and save money rather than waste these precious resources.
Ultimately, setting up home automation gives you peace of mind knowing that your budget—and the planet—won’t get hurt by high power consumption. Go smarter and greener: adopt home automation and reap its cost-saving and energy-saving benefits.
1. Monitor energy consumption efficiently
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Every eco-conscious person knows the value of tracking energy usage at home. But doing it the traditional way is inefficient. It takes a month for the next power bill to arrive, and checking your energy meter every now and then can take much of your time.
Smart meters or energy monitors allow homeowners to monitor their power consumption in real time and identify power-hogging systems, including ones that are still using power even in standby mode.
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Tip: Maximize your use of a smart energy monitor. Review its previous logs so that you know how you’ll adjust and improve your home’s overall energy efficiency.
2. Ensure home security while conserving energy
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Many things can happen at home while you and your family are on a holiday vacation. The fridge door might have been left open. Your pet might accidentally turn the faucet on. How can you prevent possible disasters while you’re away?
Home automation will save the day. Smart home security systems do double duty of keeping your home safe from intruders and managing energy usage at home.
For example, a security camera does more than just preventing break-ins. It also allows you to see what’s going on at home—including what your pet is up to. Reduce your surveillance camera’s power consumption by adjusting the motion sensor such that the camera records a footage only when it detects motion.
Tip: Your home security is only as reliable as its alarm power supplies. Regularly check if your security system supplies are working fine, especially the alarm power transformer and back-up battery.
3. Reduce HVAC energy consumption
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Are you guilty of leaving your thermostat setting on default before getting out of home? That makes your heating and cooling system work harder than necessary. Don’t be surprised to see a surge in your monthly power bills.
Expensive power bills won’t be a problem if you install a smart thermostat at home. While you’re away, you can control your home’s temperature remotely using your smartphone. This smart device learns and remembers your preferred HVAC settings according to the time of day, and then controls the system accordingly.
According to a study, having a smart thermostat can lead to as much as 10% savings on heating and 15% savings on cooling. These equate to a yearly savings of $131 to $145.
Tip: Reduce your air conditioning system’s power consumption by setting your smart thermostat to turn the A/C off while you’re away and turn it on again just before you get back home.
4. Save energy on plugged-in devices
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Did you know that around $19 billion worth of electricity gets wasted each year on plugged-in appliances and electronics that aren’t being used? In an average household, this translates to $50 to $150 wasted energy costs.
Tip: Before you leave home for the holidays, make sure to unplug your TV, oven, and other appliances that won’t be used while you’re not around. Alternatively, invest in smart plugs that help you save energy with the ability to control plugged-in electronics remotely from your mobile device.
5. Switch to energy-efficient lighting
Lighting can be adjusted from afar using your smartphone or a control panel in your home, as long as you have smart lights installed.
A smart home lighting system may send you a text notification when you’ve left a light bulb on, allowing you to turn it off immediately from your mobile device. This feature is especially helpful in ensuring that no light bulb is left on all day when nobody is at home.
Smart lights can also be controlled to switch on just before you get home or as soon as the night falls.
Tip: Look for smart lighting solutions that provide monthly energy reports so that you know how you can save further on your energy cost.
6. Save gallons of water
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Like energy, water is a precious resource that shouldn’t be wasted. The sprinkler in your lawn or garden may be using too much water without you knowing it. In fact, an average US household consumes around 320 gallons of water every day, and a third of that goes to watering plants.
Home automation isn’t just for cutting down your electricity consumption—it’s also useful for conserving water. Using a smart irrigation system can save you thousands of gallons of water and hundreds of dollars every year.
Powered by artificial intelligence, this smart home tech adjusts the amount of water and irrigation schedule based on local weather forecasts. When it’s rainy, your plants won’t be overwatered. And during summer, they’ll get enough moisture.
Tip: Look for smart irrigation systems that can be customized based on the size of your yard.
Contrary to popular belief, technology can be your partner in making your home greener, your wallet thicker, and your life simpler. Using smart home devices is a great place to start. But remember to pick only the ones most useful to you so that you’ll get to maximize the energy-saving and cost-saving benefits of home automation.