Many people want an energy efficient home, but don't know how to get there. The same goes for smart homes; many people love the idea of having a completely automated space but aren't sure how to get there. Both of these things are an investment, and in return, you want that investment to pay off. So how do you make your smart home more energy efficient?
We’re happy that you asked. Today, we will 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. However, with energy efficient smart home products, you can reduce this number by a third. From lighting to thermostat control products, there are a variety of products that homeowners can purchase to begin saving on energy costs today.
Smart Lighting To Conserve Energy
Do you forget to turn off your lights? Life can be a bit chaotic at times, we understand, it’s a simple mistake that can add up when you get your bill. Typically, 34% of an energy bill goes toward lights and appliances, however, a full 25% of the utility bill is actually spent on just lights. Luckily, with smart options, this won’t be a problem anymore and an energy efficient home is right at your fingertips.
Starting with an energy efficient bulb, you'll want to immediately swap out your old, energy-sucking incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent lights. You get the same exact amount of light, but CFLs use up to 75% less energy and last ten times longer. If you want something a bit smarter, you should try for a smart bulb.
A smart bulb is an internet-capable LED light bulb that allows you to customize, schedule and control your lighting remotely. The initial cost of bulbs compared to traditional light bulbs might scare you off, but smart bulbs have a longer life expectancy and are proven to save you money over time. Like we said it’s an investment, but you won’t regret it.
Motion sensors ensure that you never forget to turn the lights off. When a room has no motion for a long period of time, the lights will automatically switch off. When the sensor detects motion, the lights automatically turn on. A simple occupancy sensor can cut lighting costs by as much as 50%.
Smart Blinds For An Energy Efficient Home
Many homeowners struggle with keeping a bright and cooled off space, without paying a ton of money in energy bills. With the hottest days of summer coming around, you want a solution that will give you air, light and keep all heat out. Smart blinds could be just what you are looking for.
Do you have a Nest thermostat? These Hunter Douglas shades work hand in hand with the Nest thermostat and will adjust themselves in accordance with the temperature inside your home. When the indoor temperature of your home falls, you can automatically run your shades from anywhere in the world. Alternatively, when the indoor temperature of your home rises, you can close your shades and insulate your home.
Voice-controlled blinds could also offer a more energy efficient home, and a smarter one too. The Lutron Serena blinds are compatible with Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. When the temperature is rising in your home and you want to shut the blinds, all it takes is a simple voice command.
Smart blinds are the perfect way to achieve an energy efficient home and add an extra layer of smarts to your space. Whether you're home or away, you can have full control of your blinds, and in turn, you can have full control over the temperature of your home. Since you will have less of a need to crank up your A/C, you will save on your energy bills as well.
Smart Thermostats To Save Money
Every smart and energy efficient home needs to invest in a smart thermostat. It will save you a lot of money on your electric bills while maintaining the temperature of your home.
Typical features for any smart thermostat include programming temperatures you prefer, developing an ideal automated schedule, providing energy usage data that you can easily manage, and enabling control of your home’s temperature through your smartphone.
The Nest thermostat works with both Alexa and Google Assistant, giving you full voice control over the temperature of your home. You can auto-schedule your thermostat so it turns off while you're away, and it kicks in a little while before you get home, making your home the perfect temperature when you arrive. You will see a leaf appear on the screen, which means you chose a temperature that saves you energy.
The ecobee is another great option for a smart thermostat. They are quick and easy to install and reduce some electricity consumption. You will get sensors with your thermostat that you must place within 60 feet from your thermostat, which allows you to eliminate all hot and cold spots from your home.
All in all, smart thermostats save the most energy by minimizing temperature swings and regulating the temperature of your home.
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