Part of our social responsibility is to ensure that our home is not bleeding unnecessary energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, each American household consumes as much as 90 million British Thermal Units (BTUs) of electricity annually. Sadly, most of this energy goes to waste. Thankfully, the era of smart homes is upon us. It allows us to unconsciously save energy while reaping the benefits of reduced energy costs. Here’s how intelligent homes can help you save money and the environment.
Allowing You to Set Up Smart Assistant Routines
By setting up smart home assistants like Echo or Alexa, it would be easier for you to develop a routine that can help you reduce your energy costs. One example is by integrating your home assistant to run your coffee maker or dishwasher at a predetermined time. Similarly, you can also create a schedule of when your household items should not be running. You can also set up these appliance operations to run on off-peak times of the day. These routines can mean that you no longer have to worry about turning off your appliances when you are not using them, preventing the waste of energy.
Reduce Energy Consumption During Power Downs
Do you notice how your TV set still has an LED light turned on when you are not using it? That light means that your TV set is still consuming energy even though it is not in use. When you have smart appliances, you can activate an automatic power-down mode, which helps in preventing devices from draining energy. You can use a smart home remote to allow you to streamline your intelligent home processes better. Some of the items in your home that you can apply the automatic power-down mode include heaters, air-conditioning units, lighting, washing machines and dryers, TVs, gaming consoles, and various cooking appliances such as microwave ovens, and refrigerators.
Audit Your Home’s Energy Consumption
To better understand how much you are consuming energy in your home, it would be best to check your actual consumption. You can download home connected applications that allow you to track and analyze your actual energy consumption. It also allows you to identify which appliances are consuming the most power so you can adjust your smart home routine accordingly. Once you have a better idea of your average monthly usage, you can change your residential plans to something that is a better fit for your household’s energy needs.
Use Smart Lighting
One of the most constantly used items in a household is the lights. As such, it would be best if you can invest in smart lighting, which can be accessed or controlled through a remote or a smartphone application. Smart lighting can be incorporated with timers, dimmers, and even motion detection, so the lights do not consume more energy than is necessary. Apart from energy savings, smart lights can also become an additional source of security for your home. For example, lights set on a timer can deter burglars from victimizing your home by making them think that someone is home even if it is unoccupied.
Install Smart Thermostats
Smart thermostats are excellent for ensuring that your home remains energy efficient. You have to understand that your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) make up at least 32% of your home’s energy use.
Bring the Smart Home to Your Outdoor Space
One of the common misconceptions is that smart home technology can only work indoors. Not true! You can also extend it to your outdoor space by installing an intelligent sprinkler system, which would allow you to regulate your water consumption. You can control it using your smartphone device from wherever you may be.
While intelligent homes can be quite pricey, they do come with various benefits that can help you save money and make your investment worthwhile. In the end, you not only save a lot of money in the form of lower utility bills and tax benefits, but you also improve the value of your home.