Whether you want to save energy because you care about your impact on the environment, or you want to save money on your electricity bills, the two are not mutually exclusive. A simple way to do this is to reduce the amount of energy your smart home uses, and smart home automation and technology can help to make your smart home run more efficiently, economically and ecologically.
Energy Saving Smart Home Automation
In most cases around the world the biggest use of electricity comes when heating or cooling our homes, the US Department of Energy found that approximately 54% of American household energy goes towards this. A study by the US Environmental Protection Agency revealed that programmable thermostats could, in themselves, reduce energy consumption by 10-30%.
Leaving your air conditioner running while you’re out of the house, either from leaving it on by accident or because you want a nice cool home when you get back, can add huge amounts to your electricity bill. A 2.5 ton central air conditioning system can use up to 3500 watt-hours per hour of continuous use. To put this in perspective a typical 19” television set uses 75 watt-hours per hour of continuous use (see below).
Overuse of your air conditioning can cost you a small fortune, especially in countries with year-round high temperatures such as Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Smart home automation allows for more accurate and precise climate control to reduce your monthly air conditioning costs in several ways.
Reducing Human Error
Think back on how many times you have come home to realise that you left the air conditioning or the water heating on all day? Throughout the course of the year this adds up to some large electricity bills, especially for larger properties. Smart home automation can eliminate that with smart thermostats and climate control taking over the handling of the temperature.
Adding motion sensors to your smart home will help your climate control system learn and adjust. It allows a climate control system to focus air conditioning only on areas that are in use, rather than cooling empty rooms.
Pairing with other Smart Home Technology
Smart home automation means that at certain times of the day you can set your windows, shades and blinds to close automatically thus reducing the amount of direct sunlight heating up your smart home. This in turn means you will need your air conditioning less.