Home Automation to Save Energy

Home Automation

Home Automation to Save Energy

We are living in a time where technology develops at a fast-moving pace. A couple of decades ago all we had were the fax and telephones for communication. And, that was the time when parents taught their kids things like, ‘switch the lights off when leaving the room’, and ‘don’t leave the tap running’.

Technological advancements have made our lives easier. Home automation technology involves appliances, gadgets and home systems connected to a network. This can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet. This means the thermostat, lights, television, music systems, air conditioner, security cameras and even windows can be remotely controlled with a smartphone.

Apart from the usual benefits of having a centralized control system, enhanced security, and the flexibility and convenience associated with handling multiple devices, home automation also helps reduce your energy costs. Read on to discover how.

Smart Thermostats

These help to remotely control the temperature of your home with your phone or tablet through an app. Smart thermostats also learn from your behavior and the temperature of your surroundings to provide you with real-time information about your energy consumption. Certain brands also provide email alerts about  your thermostat usage and  your daily increase or decrease in temperature. These alerts and emails encourage you to reduce your energy consumption. Some brands reward the users with star or leaf symbols depending on the amount of energy they have saved.

Smart Power Strips

Most electronic appliances draw power when they are plugged in even if they are switched off. Of course, it is not convenient to pull the plug out after each use. This could damage the plug and the cable. Smart power strips sense that a device has been turned off and shuts off completely to avoid phantom power loss. They come integrated with a mobile application that lets you remotely control appliances. They will also notify you when someone else in the household turns on an appliance or device. This is helpful in homes with children as it can also help serve as a parental control device.

Smart Lighting

Smart lighting allows you to control lights remotely and thus save energy. Besides that, they come with a lot of other advantages. One of which is that you can adjust the light’s intensity by dimming the light according to the task you are performing. Smart lights come in various colors so that you can arrange them to create the right mood and ambiance in your living space.

Remotely controlling the lights when you are away on vacation gives an impression that the house is not vacant. This helps to deter burglars from targeting your house when you are not at home.

Smart Faucets

Smart faucets help sustainability by providing options for water conservation as they are designed with facilities for low flow rate, aerators in the spout and to prevent leakage. They can be connected to most showers, kitchen sinks, and bathroom sink models. They also help with saving energy, especially hot water faucets. These become even more green-friendly when they are powered with renewable and environmentally-friendly energy sources.

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