As a homeowner, trying to save on energy costs is such a hassle. Trying to remember to turn out all the lights and turn down the AC every time you leave the house can get old, fast.
The solution? Smart home technology.
If you know anything about smart home technology, it is a investment up front.
Typically, consumers choose a smart home upgrade in hopes to have more control over the many elements of their home, right at their fingertips. They also hope to spend less time taking care of every little task that a homeowner has to deal with.
While this new technology can relieve some of the stress of home control it also has great benefits beyond just accessibility, integration, and security.
Today, consumers are not only concerned with the environmental impact but also the cost of high-energy usage by this new smart tech.
What they don’t realize is that this new tech can actually save them money on energy costs in the long run.
Let’s take a look now at some exciting smart home tech that will help you achieve those savings.
Smart home technology companies offer a wide variety of products that will help cut down those recurring energy costs.
The two largest consumers of energy in a home are heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting.
To manage these elements of your home you need smart tech that works even when you aren’t there.
This tech includes:
Photo Sensors - If you are the type that enjoys having natural lighting in your home you will definitely want to check out photosensors. Photosensors detect the amount of light both natural and artificial in a specific space. They will adjust the amount of artificial light based on the detected amount of natural light in a room at that time. The adjustment is based on a previously set minimum level of light. Using less artificial light while making the most of the natural light will save you lots of cash over time.
Motion sensors - Everyone, at least once, has left a room and forgot to turn the light off. This mistake can cost you a lot as time goes on, though. To solve this problem you should strongly consider installing motion sensors into each room. A motion sensor is a device that detects motion, particularly human motion. The sensor knows when you enter a room, turns the lights on and turns them back off again when you leave. By installing these sensors you eliminate the hassle of forgetting to turn the light out, thus creating savings in another way.
Auto shading - Thinking back to the photosensors, automatic window shading is another way to manage the lighting in your home. Auto shades can be scheduled to open or close whenever you prefer. During those hot days in the summer you may want to schedule the blinds to close during the hottest hours of the day. This will assist the air conditioning in keeping the house cool. That is just one example of how auto shading can help lower those energy bills.
Smart thermostat - Heating and cooling (HVAC) make up the majority of any homeowner’s energy costs. To properly manage this you need a thermostat that will take into account your preferences and your schedule, completely customizable. A smart thermostat has the capabilities to be scheduled to turn on and off when you need it. It also allows the homeowner to save settings like temperature and change them quickly and effectively from an app or remote. Having such a user-friendly system to manage HVAC will dramatically lower energy costs.
Individually this tech can lower energy costs but together they can maximize your savings.
Connecting these devices together allow to you fully manage all energy-using elements of your home.
For example, take the motion sensors mentioned in the last section. Imagine walking in the front door of your home and the motion sensor near the door detects that you are home. The lights automatically turn on, the auto shades reveal the window next to your favorite chair, and the AC flips on to your desired temperature.
All day while you were gone your smart home was managing the energy consumption all on its own, adjusting to changes in natural lighting and temperatures.
Another benefit of this energy saving smart tech is the mobile accessibility. No longer are the days of forgetting to turn off the lights, AC and heating, and closing the shades. Now you can make setting changes, turn off and on, and schedule actions with just a touch.
Smart homes are becoming more and more popular in the world today. They remove some of the responsibility of taking care of your home that you may not have the time or energy to take care of.
If you are seriously thinking about doing the smart upgrade for your home, consider the energy saving tech we discussed in this article with your local smart home experts.