Live Smart and Reduce Energy Costs with Automation Technology
Scorching summer temperatures have returned and as air conditioners everywhere kick into overdrive, rising energy costs are on most people’s minds. Reducing energy costs isn’t as difficult or as uncomfortable as it might seem. In fact, small changes can add up to big savings.
On the surface, purchasing a home automation system may feel more like a luxury than a necessity, but did you know that automating your home will actually save you money and help you manage your energy use more efficiently? When it comes to energy conservation, your home automation system will do all the work. By automatically controlling lights, thermostats and other energy sapping devices, your utility bills will begin to shrink.
A lighting control system can reduce your utility bill up to 40%. Save energy by automatically turning lights on and off based on the time of day and seasons. Install motion sensors in places like bathrooms and playrooms to trigger lights only when needed and turn them off when people leave the room. Ambient light sensors can automatically adjust lighting levels so that you never use more light than you need. Dimming lights by just 25% reduces electricity consumption by 20% and quadruples the life of your light bulbs as an added bonus.
Automated Window Coverings
Installing automated shades in your home or business can result in an energy savings of up to 30%. Heat from uncontrolled sunlight is a major burden on air conditioning. Motorized window coverings allow you to program when shades open and close based on your heating and cooling needs. Shades can be set to automatically lower when the sun is at its strongest, and you can even program your zip code to automatically load sunrise and sunset times.
Heating and cooling accounts for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. Utilizing a programmable thermostat allows you to automatically adjust settings based on the weather conditions. You can program it to set back 10-15 degrees when you’re not home and set it to turn up just before you return.
Solar energy panels harness the energy of the California sun and put it to work for you. A solar PV system can drastically reduce, sometimes even eliminate, the amount of electricity you have to purchase from your electric service provider to power your home or business, in addition to saving you money on your electricity and gas bills. As an added advantage, a solar energy system offers fixed energy costs as well.
All of these automation elements will help your home or business run efficiently and decrease energy costs on their own. But when you put these smart technologies to work together your property will function at its highest potential. With whole home automation you can turn off all your lights, reset your thermostat, shut off electronic devices and even lock your doors with just the push of a button. An energy management system allows you to monitor and control your consumption of electricity, heating and cooling system, lights, electronics and water heating. You can even monitor your energy usage to help you fine-tune your consumption for even greater energy efficiency.
Contact Hi-Tech Home to learn more about the advantages of energy management technology. We can build an affordable solution customized to your lifestyle. Isn’t it time you started living smart?