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5 Ways Home Automation Can Reduce Energy Costs
17th November 2021
Reducing Energy Costs with Home Automation
Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular, with everything from intelligent thermostats to automated lighting helping to create the ultimate living environment. With energy prices rising, people are also looking for ways to bring household bills down. So, here are six ways that automation can effectively reduce energy costs.
Reduce Power Usage Through Lighting Control
Does home automation save money? The simple answer to that is yes. Automated lighting controls, for instance, can reduce your power usage, with systems allowing you to turn lights on and off remotely and to set timers. There are also dimming and shading solutions that can significantly reduce the amount of energy you use – with cost-saving benefits.
Lighting controls can also minimise energy waste if you accidentally leave a light on when you go to work or head on holiday for the week. All lights can be switched off via your smart device meaning you can make those all-important final checks, even when you’ve already left.
Smart Thermostats Learn Your Routine
The newest smart thermostats take it upon themselves to learn your routine and will only kick into action when it’ll benefit you. Some smart heaters, for example, know when you’re back from work, with the newest models using geo-fencing technology to track your smartphone location. This allows the thermostat to activate whenever you are near to ensure the house is warm and cosy in time.
Smart thermostats can also be controlled from afar which means you can set the heating to come on later if you’re staying for after work drinks or have an unexpected catchup with friends. With geo-fencing, the device will know this information without even being told.
Automated Climate Control Monitors Activity
There’s no point in heating up or cooling an empty room, right? That’s why automated climate control monitors activity and will only activate the heating or cooling system as necessary in specific parts of your house. It’s all about comfort and convenience, rather than waste with home automation.
Motorised Shades Help Reduce Cooling and Heating Costs
Motorised window shades and blinds allow you to automatically regulate the amount of heat that’s allowed to enter and escape your house. This can help reduce heating and air conditioning bills and will also save you a lot of time putting the shades up and down – particularly if you have plenty of windows that need attention.
Automation Can Reduce Phantom Energy Use
Did you know that your electrical items still use power when left on standby mode? This can account for up to 10% of your total bill. Thankfully, there are now automated energy management systems that allow you to negate the standby modes of appliances in a much more convenient and eco-friendly way.
I have been in the AV industry for over 20 years, working alongside some very high profile brands. More recently I have been heavily involved in Smart Home Technology, Home Cinema & Lighting Control which I very much enjoy discussing with clients, as well as providing CPD's for a variety of construction partners.