4 eco-friendly benefits of smart home automation – Click Green
Smart home automation is the latest and greatest in home design today. Thanks to modern technologies, we have the power to control every aspect of our homes remotely from our smartphones. From temperature control to lawn irrigation, smart homes are becoming the next big thing in home improvements.
Besides the fact that this home design is extremely convenient and impressive, it’s also a great way to make your home more green and efficient. On average, smart home automation can save you 50 percent on your current energy costs. Here are some of the money-saving and environmentally friendly aspects of smart home automation.
1. Controlled Temperatures
How many times have you gotten home from work, only to realize that the air conditioning had been blasting the entire time you were gone? That’s energy (and money) down the drain, not to mention a significantly higher utility bill at the end of the month. Thanks to human error, both heat and air conditioning run far more often than necessary.
Smart home automation takes care of that. It allows you to remotely control the air from wherever you are, meaning that if you realize you left a window open before you left for work, you can shut off the air from your smartphone. You can also set your smart thermostat on a timer so that it turns off when you aren’t home and kicks on again shortly before you return, allowing the HVAC system time to set the perfect temperature by the time you arrive, without wasting energy. Some smart thermostats can even learn to detect a pattern in your daily living so that it turns off and on based on when you’re typically home.
2. Flexible Window Treatments
Smart technologies can also be added to your window treatments, which is a great way to control your energy consumption. Good window treatments can help let sunlight in on cold days and keep it out on warm days. They can also help to control the amount of air leakage within a room.
With smart window treatments, you can remotely program your shades or curtains to be open and closed when you want. For example, during the summer, you can program shades to open in the early hours of the morning to let in some light, but close during the afternoon when the sun is hottest.
3. Versatile Lighting
The ability to adjust lighting to your preferences is a highly sought-after commodity. Besides the fact that you can dim or brighten a light with the swipe of a finger, technology makes it possible to set timers on your lights and shut them off remotely. This significantly reduces the number of lights left on while you’re away from home.
Some smart lighting technologies are also equipped with sensors that allow you to save energy by detecting light. For example, when it’s light outside, it can sense that. It will turn your outside lights off, as well as indoor lights that are in well-lit rooms. When it gets dark again, it will turn on your outside lights. You’ll still have the power to manually adjust the lights according to your preferences, but this significantly cuts down on your energy bill by turning off lights you don’t need.
4. Saved Water
Both outdoor irrigation and indoor plumbing can be adjusted through this technology to promote water savings. Smart irrigation plumbing systems can save thousands of gallons of water each year through customizable settings. The problem with regular sprinkler systems is that they often put out too much water, and they’re difficult to customize to a specific yard and climate. They also can’t recognize when it’s raining.
Smart irrigation systems allow you to control the amount of water used and detect when it rained so that the sprinklers won’t engage. You can also easily adjust the amount of water your sprinklers use, which means that if your community is experiencing a water shortage, you can still water your lawn without going over the legal limit.
Smart home automation is one of the best inventions to date for helping to reduce energy consumption and promote a more eco-friendly environment. What will you implement?
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