When you think about saving money at home, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? The natural answer usually involves remembering to shut off lights, turn off faucets and strive for shorter heating and cooling cycles. These are obvious methods for cutting back, but remembering them day to day? Easier said than done. What if we said you don’t have to go out of your way or sacrifice comfort, and you can save money? Home automation is a realistic solution for any homeowner who is looking to improve comfort, safety, and control while slashing energy bills.
Close to half of your home’s energy costs are associated with heating and cooling (EIA). Unless you’ve already invested in a great programmable thermostat or taken the plunge with a Wi-fi model, it’s highly likely your HVAC system isn’t reaching its efficiency potential. The system probably runs constantly when you’re gone, heats/cools room you don’t often use, and depends on you to adjust the temperature throughout the day. These are all characteristics of inefficient heating and cooling. Automated temperature control and zoning capabilities heat and cool only rooms that are occupied and reaches the desired temperature much faster—improving HVAC system performance and reducing your heating and cooling expenses.
Leave the room, turn it off! This is something you very well tell your children (and remind yourself!) all the time. Rummaging through remotes, climbing stairs or trekking across the house to your home theater to do so isn’t top priority—you’re busy, we get it. What if we told you that with smart home technologies you’ll never leave a light, TV or other appliance running longer than necessary again? Strategic placement of occupancy sensors and motion detectors does the work for you, so you can spend your time and energy doing something else.
Lighting is another area in your home that’s extremely inefficient. Not just when you leave the house and forget to flip the switch, but when you’re home and moving about from room to room. Depending on what types of bulbs you use, electricity cost fluctuates, but so does operating life—both of which affect energy costs. Timing-based automated technologies, like lighting control, can be optimized on a schedule so lights instantly turn on when and where you need them, and turn off without thought. What’s more is that you can use dimmers to reduce wattage and output to save energy.
Water consumption is a major source of energy in homes. Smart shower heads and touchless faucets are just several new technologies that help you cut back. Kitchens and baths are the first places you may think of when it comes to saving, but outdoor water use is a big factor. Per the EPA, nearly 1/3 of your water consumption is outdoors, and about 50% of it is wasted. Just like lighting and home security is controlled by a single device, smart irrigation systems work similarly to stop waste and save money. Newer models even react to real-time weather so you don’t have to give it a second thought.
Beyond energy savings, automated technologies can reduce home insurance costs. Although insurance companies are in the business of paying claims, they also want to prevent them and mitigate loss. They understand home automation lessens the incidence of claims due to fire and water damage as well as theft. Automated systems with security features, smoke, flood, carbon monoxide and other detectors may make you eligible for a generous discount on your home insurance policy. Some insurance companies offer up to 20% reduction in premiums for such systems.
Start saving—one smart technology at a time!
With automated technologies, you’re not just in control over the intelligence, safety and comfort of your home, you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to your energy bills. Check out any residential energy expense breakdown and you’ll see just how much impact home automation and smart technologies can make on your consumption and monthly expenses. Interested in learning more about how you and your family can benefit from smart home automation?