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Save Energy the Smarthome Way

Smarthome products not only make your life safer, more convenient and more fun, they can also help you to save energy and money. As a member of the Flex Your Power energy efficiency campaign, we can show you how to be a friend to the environment and your wallet through energy conservation.


The average home spends almost $2,000 on energy costs every year. Lower your energy bills and improve comfort by making your home more energy efficient. The average household could cut a third of its current energy bill by switching to energy-efficient appliances, equipment and lighting. From lighting to thermostat control products, Smarthome offers a variety of products that homeowners can purchase to begin saving on energy costs today.


How We Use Energy in Our Homes


Percent of Residential Energy Usage
Figure 1 - Source: 2005 Building Energy Data Book

Heating and Cooling


As you can see in Figure 1, nearly half of a typical utility bill goes towards heating and cooling in a typical house. A programmable thermostat offers the flexibility and power to control the climate in your home efficiently to save energy and lower energy bills. Programmable Thermostats

With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature to different levels during set times throughout the week. For example, during the winter, you can set the inside temperature to a lower level when you are at work and the house is unoccupied. This can save you nearly $150 on your yearly utility bills -- depending on climate, home insulation and other factors.


With home automation technology, like INSTEON, you can lower the thermostat setting and also turn off all the lights and appliances in your home by hitting a single preprogrammed button on the way out the door.


Lights


While 34% of a typical energy bill goes toward lights and appliances, a full 25% of the utility bill is actually spent on just lights. Reduce your energy usage by simply turning off lights when you don't need them with automatic timers and motion detectors. You can also use light dimmers to reduce wattage and output to save energy.

Automatic timers Automatic timers: Program timers to turn on holiday and/or porch lights after sunset and off at bedtime.
Motion sensors Motion Sensors: Never forget to turn lights off by using motion sensors that automatically turn off lights when a room is left unoccupied for a long period of time - perfect for garages, hallways and bathrooms. Occupancy sensors can cut lighting costs by as much as 50%.
Light dimmers Light Dimmer: You often do not need the full brightness of lights in a room, especially in the den while watching TV or having a romantic meal in the dining room. Use INSTEON technology to preset brightness levels to match the occasion.
Energy-efficient light bulbs Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs: It only takes 18 seconds to change a light bulb. Save money and energy by swapping your existing incandescent bulbs for energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). For the same amount of light, the CFLs use up to 75% less energy and also last 10 times longer, according to Home Energy Saver. Click here to see our fluorescent bulbs and LEDs.

Pool Pumps


Pool Pump TimersYour pool pump uses more energy than most of your home appliances. So why pay to run it more than you need to? No need to run the pump for 6 to 8 hours a day: Install a timer to control the pump’s cycling and only run the pump for 3 hours per day for short cycles during the day to prevent debris from collecting and keep the pool clean all day. This will garner up to 60% savings on your energy bill.


Pool Heating


Solar pool heatersWater heating accounts for 13% of the energy consumed in your home. Drastically reduce your bill by installing a solar pool heater. These affordable and environmentally friendly heaters channel the energy of the sun to heat your pool to a comfortable temperature.



Conserve Water


Automatic Irrigation SystemsIn addition to energy savings, you can save on your water bill by using an automatic irrigation system. Using the Cyber-Rain (pictured to the right), you can have the sprinkler system run depending upon local weather conditions or not at all if rain is expected. You can even monitor water usage, program schedules and more directly from your computer.





Visit our Solar & Energy Savers Index to view all our energy saving products.