Advances in home automation technology are making life simpler and making it easier to reduce your carbon footprint and live a lifestyle that is more environmentally friendly. As more and more homeowners aspire to green living, this technology continues to gain in popularity—but does smart home automation really have a significant impact on energy use?
Yes, it does!
From simple innovations like lights turning off when you leave the room to complex systems that monitor how many people are in space and adjust the temperature accordingly, smart living can help you save money and help you do your part to save the planet. Here’s how:
Even if you’re diligent about turning lights off when you leave a room, your kids likely are not. That’s not an issue anymore with lights that automatically turn on when you enter and off when you exit a room. Over time, this feature alone could provide impressive energy savings.
Automated HVAC Systems
It sounds rather futuristic that a system could detect the number of people in a room and then adjust the temperature based on that information, but it is the 21st century and this technology is available to homeowners right now. Automated systems can also learn your routines and automatically adjust temperatures based on time of day and other factors.
Remote Control of Systems
When running out the door at the last minute, it’s easy to forget to adjust the thermostat or turn off the TV—but now you can adjust your home appliances, HVAC system, and electronics from anywhere via a simple app on your phone. Remote control functionality also provides conveniences such as being able to nudge the temperature up when you’re on your way home, so the house will be warm when you arrive.
Some home automation systems provide reports that show detailed energy usage and offer suggestions for simple ways to save. Being aware of these additional opportunities makes it easier to reduce energy use even beyond the savings the home automation provides.
How Much Can You Save?
The exact amount a homeowner will save depends on several factors such as which automation features are installed and current energy use. What you can be sure of is that the savings will be impressive. Let’s look at a smart thermostat as an example. This affordable update can improve heating efficiency by up to 12% and cooling efficiency by up to 15%.
Intrigued? Contact Miami Electric Masters today to learn more about all of our home automation products and to learn how easy and affordable it is to further your green living goals! Call today, or fill out our online form now to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate.