Smart Homes: Energy Saving?

Energy-saving has become increasingly important these last few years. Even though it may seem obvious to use to save energy by using less, the practical aspect of it is really difficult. Smart homes really are the wonders of the 21st century with its benefits like keeping our homes safer and keep track of what is going on, and with the amount of freedom it provides the owner, you can save a ton of energy and money. 

Smart homes are eco-friendly and even cheaper to live in because they save energy and heat or cold. The elegance through which they save energy is the beauty of it. Instead of restricting our energy consumption or forcing us into doing it ourselves, smart homes can keep track of our lifestyles and try not to spend energy when you don’t need it. With the design aspects that let it use most out of the available energy, it shouldn’t be a surprise that smart homes can save up to 40% of energy. 

What is a Smart Home?

A “smart home” is a residence equipped with a number of devices that automate tasks normally handled by humans. Some are built into the structure itself and some added later, and homeowners operate them with applications, voice commands, automation, or using artificial intelligence. Intelligent and connected home devices along with the phones we carry in our pockets, a smart home is safer, more comfortable, and durable. 

1. Remotely Manage Home Devices :

One of the biggest chunks on the monthly energy bills is from heating and cooling. Various studies have shown that a smart home can help cut energy consumption by 10%. You’ll be able to remotely turn off the AC from your smartphone if you left them on when you left the house. A smart home also gives you the option to create different sets of rules and create scenarios such as automatically turn on the boiler before you wake up in the morning, so you’ll start your day with a warm shower. 

2. Keep your Home Cool :

A smart thermostat and door/window sensors can work together to achieve the most efficient cooling of your smart home. If you let a door or a window open, the thermostat will detect it and automatically reduce the temperature setting and will return to the original setting once the door or window is closed to help reduce the waste of energy.

3. Automated Lighting :

Smart bulbs can automatically regulate their brightness depending on the amount of natural light and be scheduled to turn on and off at designated times reducing energy wastage. An overlooked big energy sucker is the unnecessarily turned on lights in the house. 

Must-Have Appliances 

1. Thermostat 

You can remotely monitor and control the temperature of their heating and cooling systems with smart thermostats such as Nest. The biggest advantage of a smart thermostat is that you can override the scheduled programming to raise and lower the temperature remotely compared to the old-fashioned “dumb thermostats”. These thermostats will give you an analysis of energy usage. 

2. Lighting 

A lighting system can turn lights on or off depending on the presence of people in the room with the help of sensors. If you have connected lighting systems, you can override the sensors; for example, for security purposes. You can have significant savings from a smart lighting system.

3. Window Shades

Modern window shades contribute to energy economics significantly apart from just being decorative. Like, for example, sensors outside the shades will open them automatically to provide natural sunlight. You can also get thermal window shades that insulate windows from both hot and cold weather, enabling you to run your climate control system much more efficiently. Top-of-the-line motorized window shades come with exterior solar panels so that you don’t even have to pay for the energy required to open and close the shades! 

Check out our article Save Money with Sustainable House on our blog. 
Amit Pramanik

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