Did you know that Americans spend about $135 billion a year on wasted energy? Cutting down on that wasted energy will do wonders for your pocketbook. If everybody gets on board it will do wonders for the environment too.
These days it’s all about smart technology. There must be smart home energy saving technology, right? There is. Here are three ideas to get you started.
Heating and cooling by far consume the most energy in the average home. In fact, about 47% of energy use in your home goes to keeping the right temperature.
It makes sense, then, that this should be an area where you can make adjustments to lower that bill. Smart thermostats help you do this a few different ways.
You can program the thermostat to follow a routine. During the winter, it will maintain a lower temperature when everyone’s gone for the day. It will do the opposite for the air conditioner during the summer.
Some units you can program to perform several functions. For example, you can set it to drop the temperature and turn off everything else with one button. That way you can ensure you don’t leave any lights or appliances on while you’re away.
Many units work with an app on your smartphone as well. You can track energy usage and savings. Plus, you can turn your heater or AC unit on or off from wherever you are using your phone.
Your lights consume another large portion of your energy bill. Replacing all your incandescent bulbs with LED’s is a great way to save energy. The next step is smart lighting.
You can program automatic timers to turn the lights off at specific times. Or you can use motion sensors to turn lights on or off when you enter or leave a room. That might not work too well if you have pets though.
With smart lighting systems, you can also control your lights from your smartphone. If you forget to turn off a light, do it from wherever you are when you remember.
No more getting up as you were falling asleep and running downstairs to turn off the kitchen light. Simply grab your phone and voila!
Smart Electrical Outlets
Did you know that many appliances always use energy when plugged in? This can add up to quite a bit on big items like TVs.
You can get around that without having to plug in and unplug your TV all the time. Plug your TV into a smart outlet and you can control it from your phone.
Do you always forget to unplug your curling iron in the mornings? Now you can shut off the power to it from your smartphone.
Smart Home Energy Solutions
Saving energy doesn’t have to be difficult. It is just a matter of selecting the right smart home energy solutions for your home.
Looking through all the nifty gadgets may leave you a little overwhelmed. That’s okay, simply schedule a free consultation and we’ll answer all your questions.
You’ll thank yourself every time you get your electric bill. Plus, you can feel good about doing your part to protect the environment.