When you think about reducing energy costs at home simple behaviors are probably the first things that come to mind. In order to save energy you do all those little tasks your parents told you about growing up – turning off lights when you leave a room, unplugging unused electronics, closing windows and keeping the thermostat turned down low. These are some methods of cutting back on energy, but they are tedious tasks. If you want to cut your energy usage without sacrificing your comfort, you should consider home automation.
There are many ways to make your home more energy efficient. Climate control within your home is a good way to begin conserving energy. Almost half of your homes energy costs are related to heating and cooling. Home automation is a simple solution to this problem without having to worry about adjusting thermostats yourself. Programmable thermostats can be adjusted at the touch of a button or a swipe from a smartphone, even when you are away from home. Home automation includes a zoning capability feature that allow you to heat and cool separate rooms accordingly. This not only improves performance, it cuts down energy usage and money spent on utilities.
The amount of water you use is a huge source of energy in your home. New appliances such as smart shower heads and touchless faucets that can help you cut back. However, if you want to save on it water related costs, then the first thing you need to do is look into your local energy providers. Professionals will be able to teach you about home energy conservation and how home automation can help preserve energy, even energy spent through water usage. Home automation has made it possible to make use of smart irrigation systems that work to stop water waste. Make sure you use an impartial energy comparison service before making any decisions.
Phantom energy simply refers to the power that is drained through electronics that are in an idle or stationary mode. This energy is spent through any electronic that is left plugged into a normal outlet. Most appliances continue to use energy even when they are turned off. Televisions and computers are main contributors to wasted energy. In the past, the only solution to this problem was to unplug everything that was not in use. Home automation helps you save on this energy by using sensors and motion detectors to cut back on phantom energy.
Lighting is another inefficient contributor. Forgetting to turn lights off when you leave or move from room to room is only part of the problem. The type of light bulbs you use also have an effect. By installing a home automation system you can automate and control your home’s lighting to make it more efficient. Set timers to schedule when the lights come on and off in individual rooms and use wattage and power reduction dimmers to save energy.
Saving energy in your home does not have to be tedious or expensive. Most providers can set you up with an automation system that will not only make your home more energy efficient, it will save you money on your utilities.