In recent posts, we have discussed how automating your home can have psychological benefits, as well as many other benefits like comfort and convenience. The perks of home automation don’t stop there, however, as it has also been shown to be extremely beneficial for the environment. There are many ways that home automation reduces your energy consumption, no matter how you have chosen to incorporate this automation into your home. Let’s check it out!
It is fairly common knowledge that smart thermostats are programmable, allowing you to set a schedule of when you want your heating or cooling system to kick on, which cuts down on the energy used to regulate the temperature when you aren’t even at home to enjoy the atmosphere. Often these can be programmed with different schedules on weekdays and weekends, or have temporary schedules in place while you are on vacation. Some versions of smart thermostats aren’t limited to just programmable settings, however. More advanced versions of this technology include the ability to sense when doors or windows are open and shut the system off to avoid constantly running, wasting air and energy. In addition, they can learn your household’s habits and preferences, and make adjustments accordingly. All of this serves the purpose of cutting down on energy usage, which is beneficial for the environment.
Sensors can be a pretty broad category of smart home technology. There are many types of sensors and many benefits they offer. Light and temperature sensors can help adjust both outdoor and indoor lights, as well as thermostat settings, depending on what the conditions are. Leak sensors can let you know there is a plumbing problem before it becomes a catastrophe. There is even a motion sensor that can be programmed to adjust security systems, temperature, lights, locks, and more based on movement within the home. This all works together to trim down excess energy usage.
Irrigating your Las Vegas landscaping can be an energy and water consuming task. You could conserve up to 50% of your water usage simply by switching to an automated irrigation system. These systems can be programmed to only water during certain times and to sense when it has rained and may not need additional watering, saving you from excess water usage.
When it comes to smart lighting, the options are nearly endless. Smart light bulbs allow for more individualized control of lighting fixtures, such as remote control of each light bulb on its own. This lets you custom control how much of a fixture you are utilizing at one time, such as only turning on 2 out of 4 light bulbs when you don’t need full lighting. Purchasing LED bulbs can also cut down on the amount of energy being used. Another way to automate your lights are to purchase plug adapters. These are devices that you plug into the wall socket, and then plug your lighting fixtures into the adapters. This turns any device into a smart device, as you can control the flow of power to it. Having remote control of your lights has many benefits, but saving energy is one of them.
As you can see, there are many environmental benefits to automating your home, in whatever capacity you decide to do so. If you are ready to take the next step towards home automation, contact our team of experts today.