As per the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), “about 1,410 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity were used by the residential sector in the United States in 2016.” Few would disagree that one of the biggest challenges faced by our generation is the conservation of energy.
Fortunately, tools like linear actuators make it possible for us to set up smart homes that help us reduce energy costs. This, in turn, helps us save energy and preserve the environment for future generations.
Speaking of smart homes, as per Statista, “smart home refers to a house in which a number of interconnected devices and home appliances are performing certain actions in order to save money, time, and energy.” It is estimated that the global smart home market will reach a value of over $40 billion by 2020.
Did you know that you can reduce energy costs significantly by installing simple home automation devices? The study titled ‘The Energy Savings Potential of Home Automation Technology’ indicates that home automation and IoT could reduce energy costs by 10%.
This post tells you how.
1. Install occupancy sensors
Energy is a precious resource and it is crucial to use it optimally and only when needed. With the help of occupancy sensors, this can be easily achieved. These are motion sensors that use infrared or ultrasonic technology to turn your home’s lights on or off depending on the motion in a room. Through this technology, you can reduce your energy costs and also facilitate the ease-of-use of home lighting systems.
Another method of monitoring energy use is provided by sensor-based technology. Energy sensors can be employed for daylight harvesting. This way, direct sunlight can be used to counterbalance the amount of electricity needed to light an office or home, thereby enabling you to make use of overhead lighting only when necessary.
2. Get programmable thermostat
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Space heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s energy use.” A significant amount of energy gets utilized when an empty room/home is unnecessarily heated or cooled. This is where smart thermostats and HVAC control systems come into the picture.
A feature that can turn your home into a smart home is the programmable thermostat. You can operate it via your smartphone, tablet or any internet-powered device. With this feature added to your home, you will be able to control the internal temperature and ensure that the air conditioner does not continue to run in unoccupied rooms.
3. Exercise lighting control
It can be quite distressing to realize that you’ve forgotten to turn the kitchen and bathroom lights off after you’ve hopped into your cozy bed. The mere thought of making the trip to the different areas of the house can seem inconvenient. But, with lighting control, you don’t need to disturb your comfort to turn off the lights. All you need to do is press a button and the lights will be taken care of.
You can either program the system beforehand or use a mobile device to switch the lights on and off from any location in the world. And that’s not all. You can also dim the lights and arrange for them to be turned on/off at specific times in the day. This way even if you forget to switch the light off in a room, you can rest assured that it will turn off automatically when it’s bedtime. This can save you a significant amount of money.
4. Use smart power strips
Whether it is your washing machine or your microwave, most household gadgets aren’t equipped with the technology to be able to detect whether or not they are actively being used. This is why they continue to sap electricity while they’re plugged in despite being turned off. This definitely reflects in your monthly electricity bill. Smart power strips will help control the flow of energy into dormant appliances.
Smart power strips are actually smart, in the sense that they can detect whether or not a particular device is being used and act accordingly. When devices are not in use, smart power strips switch them off, thereby controlling the power consumption to reduce energy usage. This helps you reduce energy costs.
An energy-efficient smart home can be created with the help of home automation systems. The best part is the installation cost is typically outweighed by the energy savings, depending on the automation systems installed and the construction of the house.
Smaller projects will likely reflect the savings sooner, while bigger projects may take some time. Nevertheless, the difference will speak for itself, not only when it comes to electricity expenses, but also in matters of conserving energy for the future.
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