How to Lower Your Energy Bills with Smart Home Technology
If you're looking to save money every month, your home or apartment electric bill is a good place to start. Smart, green tech updates will save a lot of electricity ,and money, over the course of a year. Even small changes add up quick.
The sustainable living movement and the smart home have come of age together over the last few decades, enjoying a beneficial but sometimes uneasy partnership. Yes, smart home devices can save resources. Smart home appliances are designed to make life easier and can also reduce your electric bill. So, if you’re not using them, you may be missing out on significant savings.
Yes, you could manage your energy usage manually with a conventional thermostat, light switches and appliances, but the trouble is, it’s not always an easy routine to sustain and economic principles sometimes fail to account for human error or unexpected events. We get rushed and forget to hit the lights as we leave, or a heat wave arrives over vacation and suddenly a setting of 68 degrees is no longer the money-saving maneuver it once was.
Below we have highlighted smart home technology gadgets that can lower your energy bill.
Depending on where you live, the best candidate to save energy in your home is a smart thermostat. These devices offer the ability to monitor and adjust your home’s temperature even when you are away. More importantly, they can be used to automatically turn down your heating and cooling when it’s not needed. Smart thermostats that have earned the energy star go through an independent certification process that verifies energy savings based on extensive field data. Below we have highlighted some of the amazing things smart thermostats can do for your home.
If your household operates on a typical schedule, set your heating and cooling to ease off when you don’t need it, using a smart phone or tablet app.Or, some products will even learn your schedule on their own.
If you don’t have pets or plants and are going away for extended periods of time, tell your thermostat to ease way off – keep your home protected from freezing pipes and such, but don’t waste energy keeping your furniture’s feet warm.When you’re returning, you can turn the system back on remotely, so the house is comfortable when you arrive.
Some certified smart thermostats provide monthly reports of energy usage which you can use to compare performance over time.
Smart thermostats can be controlled remotely. If you forget to change the thermostat before you leave for vacation, you can adjust it from anywhere with a cellular connection.
Many smart thermostats can automatically determine when your home is empty and ease off on your heating and cooling system.For instance, they might do so using geofencing (detecting whether mobile devices you identify are nearby) or direct presence detection.
Smart Lighting Control
While it’s true that heating and cooling costs make up the bulk of energy expenditures, lighting is right up there, too. At 11%, it’s the second highest category of energy use. Does it seem like there’s one room of the house where the lights are always on, even though no one ever seems to be in there? Fight back against wasteful lighting and switch to smart lighting control light bulbs such as Phillips Hue.
Although motion detectors have been around for over 30 years, recent developments in the tech world in sensor technology has allowed occupancy detectors to become much more accurate at sensing activity in a space. Occupancy sensors can tell when rooms are left empty and turn the lights off automatically. This in turn makes them more suitable for use in the home, helping you drive down those lighting costs.
Smart light bulbs Connecting to the internet through Wi-Fi, or networking with another Bluetooth-enabled device. The bulbs’ connectivity allows users to turn lights on and off using voice control or smart-home routines, or remotely through smartphone apps. No need to get up to use a light switch any more: a simple command can turn on every light in the building.
Additionally, smart lighting is known to provide a longer life span. The average incandescent bulb has a lifespan of 750 to 2,000 hours. In contrast, the LED smart lights can work continuously for 35,000 to 50,000 hours, causing your lights to last longer.
Smart Power Strips
Your home entertainment center is likely hiding a large number of energy vampires – devices like video game consoles that can suck up large amounts of electricity even when they’re not in use.
But energy monsters can be stopped with the help of smart power strips. They come complete with motion detection systems that shut electronics off when they sense that you’ve left the room, and reduce the overall amount of energy they consume. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that installing smart strips could result in a net savings of about $200 a year and require a $30 initial investment.
Most smart power strips feature generous spacing between outlets, so you can use several bulky plugs without any problem. These strips are customizable to your needs; if you need to charge a phone, run a blender and link up your television, you can do that without issue. The strip has a lifespan of up to twenty years, so it can be a cost-effective investment.
Other Smart Appliances
More and more appliances are adding smart features. Refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, dryers and room air conditioners use less energy – those that are connected offer consumers new functionality that can enable added convenience and even more savings. They also come with future-oriented “smart grid” capabilities that could support a more reliable, less polluting electric grid.
Here are some cool things you can do with smart appliances:
Receive an alert if your or someone in your family left the refrigerator door open
Take a look inside of your refrigerator without opening the door and wasting energy each time a family member wants a snack.
Schedule your laundry or dishwasher to operate when your electricity rates are lowest
Have your dryer adjust cycle time automatically with incorporated sensors to help you reduce your dryer’s energy use. This feature ensures that your dryer will automatically shut off when clothes are dry
Turn off your room air conditioner remotely from your smart phone if you forget before you leave home
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Manage your lights and temperature settings with automated schedules. Create easy rules to have an added layer of smart automation based on system activity.
Smart Thermostats fit seamlessly into your smart home system. With the touch of an app, you have the ability to start your air conditioning on your way home or keep your home toasty during the winter. Combine your smart light bulbs with voice control devices to create lighting that listens. Whether its movie night or you're hosting a dinner party you have the ability to set a softer mood with just the sound of your voice. Get in touch today!