While the greatest amount of electricity used by a smart home is usually for heating and cooling, lighting tends to account for a significant 25% of a typical home energy bill. Careful management is one way to reduce your electric bill, another is to employ some smart home automation to do the management for you.
Smart Lighting Timers
It’s a simple matter to program lighting to switch on and off at specific times of the day so that lights are never accidentally left on when you go upstairs to bed or rush out the door to work in the morning. You can also set smart lighting times for when you’re away traveling or for set times of the year.
Energy Efficient LED Light Bulbs
Replacing traditional incandescent bulbs for energy-efficient LED lighting not only looks great but has an instant impact on energy savings. The go-to light bulb for energy efficient homes has often been compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), however light emitting diodes (LEDs) are actually more efficient, last longer and produce even greater savings.
If you don’t really have a routine that you can pre-program into your smart home automation, motion sensor could end up saving you a fair amount of money and effort. These are especially useful for areas of your smart home that don’t have huge amounts of traffic, such as your garages, hallways and bathrooms. Occupancy motion sensors have been shown to cut lighting costs by as much as 50%.
Smart Light Dimmers / MyMoments
For much of the time you’re at home you don’t need to sit bathed in the full brightness of your smart home’s lights. Whether watching TV or having a romantic dinner, softer lighting is often more preferable as well as being energy efficient.
One of iHome’s most useful and unique features is the MyMoments scenario switch, which allows you to launch pre-configured settings that adjust the aspects of your surroundings. This includes your smart lighting as well as climate control, entertainment and other devices, giving you the perfect moment as well as saving energy.