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Improving Energy Management Through Home Automation

How many times has your family forgot to turn off the air conditioner while at work, or realize you forgot to turn off a light while you are away on vacation? Smart technology and home automation is transforming comfort, convenience, and savings at home by offer energy management technology to help home owners around the world. This technology has the ability for users to turn off their lights or adjust their smart thermostat throughout the day from the touch of a smart app on your phone.

Electricity is used in almost all homes, and electricity accounted for 44% of household energy consumption in 2017. Reducing your home’s energy use not only lowers monthly utility bills, but also helps protect the environment and conserve precious natural resources. Energy management technology such as smart thermostats, smart lights, and smart sensors can help lower your monthly bills all while adding convenience into your life.

Smart Thermostats

Regular thermostats let you adjust the temperature in your home—it's just a control panel for your heating and air conditioning system. What makes most smart thermostats so "smart" is that they learn from your behaviors, allow you to control the climate in your home remotely, show you energy consumption in real-time, and can even adjust themselves based on ambient conditions like humidity.

Smart Thermostats such as Nest Thermostat has the ability to adjust temperature to conserve energy while your away, saving you money on your monthly bill utility bill. For example, you can tell them to shut off after you leave the house for work, and then spring back into action in just enough time to make the house nice and toasty (or cool and comfortable, depending on the season) by the time you to get home.

A study by Nest concluded that customers saved an average of 10 to 12 percent on heating costs and 15 percent on air conditioning costs. This isn’t just some throwaway study done by Nest to make themselves look good either. In fact, there have been two more independent studies of Nest thermostat usage that found similar savings.

Additionally, Nest will update you about any temperature changes through a mobile app on your phone . You can receive alerts and notifications from another room or another state. Wherever you and your mobile device go, your WiFi thermostat tells you exactly what's going on at home.

Smart Lights

Replacing the bulbs in your home with LED bulbs is an excellent way to slash the price of your home lighting costs. What's more, almost all smart lights use LED bulbs. Being careless with your lighting can cost you energy, and therefore money. But with smart lights, you can save yourself both time and energy!

You even have the ability to combine smart lights such as Philips Hue light bulbs with voice control devices like Google Home, or Amazon Echo into lighting that listens. Then, whether it’s movie night with the family or a quiet night at home, you can create a softer mood with just the sound of your voice.

Smart lights especially provide convenience and savings while you are gone. Pairing Phillips Hues light bulbs to a home automation system gives you the ability to turn the lights on or off while your traveling. Just set custom lighting rules to create the appearance that you are home to ensure peace of mine while you are away.

Smart Outlets & Power Strips

Did you know that electronics and appliances that are plugged in often use power, even when they are turned off? It's called phantom load. This small amount of energy may not be much on its own, but can really add up over the course of a month. And that means your paying an inflated energy bill.

Smart power strips, on the other hand, work to reduce your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode. These devices connect plugs to the wall and turn many regular appliances and electronics into smart ones. In addition to helping you get phantom load under control, you'll be able to remotely turn on and off appliances and electronics, such as coffee makers, and fans from the touch of an app on your smart phone. Smart outlets and power strips are especially useful for businesses where it may not be as easy to unplug everything at the end of the day.

Statistics vary, but experts say standby power consumption in an average home ranges from 5 percent to 10 percent of your household energy consumption. It can also account for about 1 percent of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions.

Final Thoughts

Managing your lights and temperature settings with automated schedules can add comfort, convenience, and savings to your life. The more conscious you become of your home’s daily energy consumption, the easier it becomes to implement energy-efficiency strategies. Not only can you take pride in your contribution to the environment, you may be able to save a lot of money in the process.

Limitless Security Solutions Energy Management Smart Technology

Through home automation, our experts at Limitless Security Solutions can install smart lighting and thermostats to save your family some extra money each money on your energy bills. Though the simple touch of an easy to use app you will have access to lights around your house as well as setting comfortable temperatures for when your family is home and away. Call us today to learn how we can tailor a unique system to fit the unique needs of your home and family!

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