POSTED ON October 8, 2019
If you’ve been trying to decide whether or not to pull the trigger on smart home technology, there’s one key area you should be considering – energy efficiency. By utilizing the latest and greatest innovations, you can seriously improve your energy consumption and therefore drastically reduce your energy bills. It may sound too good to be true, but with smart energy efficient homes you can enjoy a more convenient and comfortable lifestyle and save money while doing it.
Of course, you will spend some money to invest in smart home efficiency, but most homeowners find the long term benefits far outweigh the out of pocket costs. Smart home technology can help you see what devices are using the most energy and how you can improve. For example, when you set up a device like a smart thermostat, you can see what times or what rooms are using the most energy and tweak your behavior to improve over time. Even better, you can program your smart devices to run on an energy saving mode that automatically regulates itself, saving you time and money.
It’s actually not too complicated to increase your smart home energy efficiency. In fact, the technology will do all the work for you. You just have to make sure that you have the best devices and that they are installed correctly. Partnering with a professional installation service like Super Electric can help you figure out the best set up for your home design and have peace of mind knowing it’s all programmed properly.
Now, take a look at which devices you should consider moving forward with to improve your smart home energy efficiency.
Smart technology can impact a lot of different devices in your home including light bulbs, heating and cooling, blinds, outlets and appliances. This may seem overwhelming at first, but when you trust your energy usage to home automation, you can be sure that your household is running more smoothly and more efficiently. Let’s look a little bit further at how each one of these energy efficient devices operates.
Smart home thermostats are usually the first investment homeowners make to improve their energy efficiency because the benefits far outweigh the costs. Many models have shown to conservatively save around 10% on heating bills and 15% on air conditioning. That means your smart thermostat could pay for itself in about 2 years.
Your family will also benefit from increased comfort. With smart thermostats, you can program the air conditioner to turn down at the right time each night before bed or ramp up when more people enter a room. Certain models even incorporate geofencing technology that tells your unit how far away you are from home and to adjust your home to a comfortable temperature by the time you get there. Imagine how nice that will be on a chilly day when you arrive home to a perfectly heated house.
Smart lighting utilizes led light bulbs to improve your energy usage, but it doesn’t stop there. You can program your lights to turn on with your alarm clock each morning or dim when it’s bedtime. And, how nice will it be when you don’t have to think, “did I turn the lights in the closet off?” when you’re three hours into your road trip.
With smart lighting, you can have total control over your home’s environment from any of your smart devices. Or, just program Alexa to take control so you never have to stub your toe after turning off the bedroom lamp ever again.
Smart blinds allow you to work with nature’s heating and cooling system so you can actually reduce electricity costs. How do they work? Well, in the hot summer months, your blinds will automatically shut during the hottest hours of the day to prevent your house from warming up. In the winter, they will allow in the perfect amount of sun to help heat the house. When you set up your smart blinds to work with a smart thermostat, you can maintain a comfortable temperature in the home without running your heat and air conditioning as frequently.
Of course, you can always choose to operate your blinds on a schedule that matches your lifestyle as well so you can wake up with natural sunshine each morning.
Smart outlets allow you to prevent energy usage from devices that aren’t currently in use but aren’t totally off either. Some examples would be a computer that is in sleep mode, a coffee pot that remains plugged in or a phone charger that is no longer powering a phone battery but is still drawing electricity from the wall. This may not seem like all that much, but Berkley labs have estimated that a typical home has about forty products that are constantly using power, accounting for 10% of total electricity use!
Smart outlets can help you “power off” some of these devices when you’re not home or not actively using them, without the inconvenience of having to go around and unplug each one individually. This can have a huge impact on your electricity bill and requires minimum effort on your part. Talk about a win-win!
Smart appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and more can help you save on energy efficiency without changing a single step in your daily routine. Because these devices are constantly communicating with what’s happening in your home, they are able to shut off their own power if there’s an electrical surge or turn off the main water supply if they sense a failure. Smart freezers can tell you when they need to be defrosted, smart ovens can tell you when they need to be cleaned, and smart microwaves can tell you exactly how long your food should be cooked for.
This is all super cool, of course, but how does it translate to energy efficiency? Well, your refrigerator can automatically adjust its temperature based on the amount of food it is storing, and your dishwasher and washing machine will use only the absolutely necessary amount of hot water. These seemingly small adjustments will actually end up saving you quite of bit of energy usage, meaning huge savings for you!
When it comes to improving your smart home efficiency, installing any (or all!) of these devices can help you reduce your utility bills and make your household run smoother. Super Electric can help you figure out which devices will have the biggest and most immediate impact on your home. Plus, we’ll make sure they are set up correctly and work with any other smart home technology you already have installed or want to install in the future. Contact us to learn more about smart energy efficient homes today.
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