Items like lighting and temperature control, electronics, appliances and more can be controlled remotely or scheduled to perform at energy efficient times. You can achieve energy savings with home automation throughout your house.
Here are some of the top ways that owners of smart homes are benefiting from the energy savings of their home automation.
Automated Lighting and Temperature Control:
Lighting is indispensable to our everyday living, not only for our comfort, relaxation and enjoyment, but also for our productivity. However, it is an area which is continually being developed and enhanced by cutting-edge companies that are consistently investing in innovation to enable us to include sophisticated, energy-efficient and environmentally-sensitive options in our homes and workplaces.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to save energy is to install dimmers. An electronic dimmer component turns the light on and off very rapidly. When the light is off, you do not use any energy. The longer the component is off, the more the lights are dimmed, the lower the light output and the greater the energy savings.
Wireless occupancy sensors can be used to detect and react when a room is empty. When the you do not use the room, it turns lights off. They also automatically dim lights when enough daylight is present. Or they activate automated window shades so that the right amount of light is always present.
Different lights – different inefficiencies:
Also relevant to energy consumption is that certain types of the light sources are more efficient than others. For instance, LED lighting offers a longer lifespan. According to the Department of Energy, LED bulbs can use 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb. With traditional incandescent light bulbs operating at 20% energy efficiency only, you lose 80% of the electricity as heat. The long operational lifetime of an LED helps achieve even more energy efficiency, so you can make significant energy savings.
5 Energy Saving Methods to Incorporate into Your Home Automation
- Scene setting with lighting control will enable you to create the desired atmosphere for working, relaxing or entertaining at the touch of one button.
- Remote Access Control, so you can turn off all your lights from your mobile phone or tablet.
- Automated blinds help you manage the temperature in the house – keep heat in the winter and cool in the summer.
- Programmable heat thermostats help you manage temperature more effectively in your home or workplace, whether you are there or away.
- Automatically turn on appliances like dishwashers at the most energy efficient times using a home control solution.
These are just a few ways to get better performance from your home automation system. For more information on installing and maintaining home automation, call our office today to schedule a consultation.