We still may not have our flying cars, but when it comes to home technologies, smart homes are fast turning stories into reality. Smart home automation is turning ordinary homes into super efficient showcases, designed to save labor and energy costs all at the same time.
Sure, having an electronic assistant that will turn on your oven and play your favorite songs is cool, but the best part about creating a smart home is the way you’ll lower your energy usage with every smart home addition you make. You don’t have to do a complete makeover in one massive renovation. Start with one piece of technology and add more when they fit your budget.
The savings you’ll realize with each addition will make it easier to speed the process in a surprisingly short amount of time.
Save on Heating and Cooling
The biggest energy drain on your budget, by far, is heating and cooling.
Keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer can cost you 40 to 60 percent of your total energy budget. With figures like that, it’s natural for the smart technology industry to create multiple devices for your home designed to save money and energy.
If you’re building a new home or doing some remodeling, energy efficient HVAC systems can prove to be an enormous energy saver. But even if your current system doesn’t need to be replaced yet, smart home devices can save you money on heating and cooling.
The easiest and most economical of these devices is a smart thermostat for your home. The latest models come equipped with Internet capabilities, which allow the thermostat to react to local weather forecasts and adjust interior temperatures accordingly. Program it with your schedule so that your thermostat also adjusts to when it’s actually needed. By automatically adjusting your air conditioning system to your usage habits, smart thermostats can save you big money over the course of a year.
Some electricity providers are partnering with companies that manufacture smart thermostats and offering electricity plans bundled with a smart thermostat. Providers believe that smart thermostats will promote energy efficiency resulting in lower energy usage which translates into lower electricity bills. At ElectricityPlans.com these type of plans can be found by sorting for plan features ‘Electricity Plus Extra Stuff”.
Home lighting solutions have become incredibly smart over the past few years. These smart LED light bulbs are slightly more expensive than traditional incandescent or CFL bulbs. However, LED bulbs use a fraction of the energy and last much longer than their predecessors, so you save money in the long run.
Smart light bulbs offer features that let you schedule or remotely control their operation. Some bulbs use geofencing, which operates with the GPS on your smartphone to know your exact location and turn on or off when you reach a certain point. There are bulbs that change color to supply great mood lighting or bulbs that can even sync up with a movie you’re watching to add extra special effects.
You can also connect certain smart light bulbs to an Amazon Echo or other similar personal assistants and control them with your voice. Some smart bulbs can be integrated with your security system, thermostats, and other smart home devices so that they operate in conjunction with each other.
These smart light bulbs generally need a home automation hub in order for you to be able to operate them remotely. Other bulbs operate with Wi-Fi or with Bluetooth. The downside of Bluetooth bulbs is that they can only be controlled if you’re within Bluetooth range.
Smart lighting solutions are readily available and easy to find at places like Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Amazon.com. The way we use and control lighting is evolving rapidly and becoming an important part of an integrated smart home.
Fully-Integrated Home Automation
The newest part of smart home technology is full-fledged home automation. Having the ability to open an app and control multiple appliances and devices in your home is more than just cool. This convenient feature offers huge energy savings in the palm of your hand.
Home automation is all about combining technology with convenience. Technology that allows your digital devices that you use throughout the day like TVs, lights, security panels, and thermostats to work together and be controlled from a single interface. What if you want to start your dishwasher while you’re at work or can’t remember if you shut the garage door? No problem, with a home automation system you can operate all of these devices from your smartphone or tablet.
If you’ve got kids or roommates who are constantly leaving lights on or the TV blaring, smart remotes can be a lifesaver. One quick session through your app can turn off the lights, shut down the television and video game system, and even make sure the garage door is shut and locked. Your home will be safe and secure as well as energy-efficient, saving you money in multiple ways.