In honor of Earth Day, we have some home energy saving tips that will help you get into the Mother Nature-loving mindset all year long. With simple and budget-friendly possibilities, smart home technology is a smart investment to reduce your carbon footprint while saving money. Plus it’s fun and convenient! There are companies available to execute automation projects for you, or you can DIY it to take your home into the future. Check out these ideas for making your home more energy efficient.
Home Energy Monitors
In contrast to individual appliance monitors, household monitoring devices provide comprehensive control over all your home’s electrical functions via connection to your electrical meter. Different products provide a variety of capabilities, including solar power monitoring, appliance recognition, and real-time cost tracking.
More than likely, you’re familiar with at least one of the dozen smart speakers that utilize voice assistance – Alexa, Cortana, Siri, etc. While they can perform a variety of functions on their own, such as tell you the weather conditions or the joke of the day, these speakers also connect to third-party companies that provide control of a number of home operations such as lighting and entertainment.
Heating & Cooling
Programmable thermostats have been around for decades, but the new smart thermostats connect to your smartphone and the internet, making them far more convenient and easy to use. Related smart products include motorized window shades and automated ceiling fans.
Installing occupancy sensors or motion sensors is a simple way to manage electricity usage when it comes to lighting. Additionally, smart switches and sockets and smart bulbs offer more control in monitoring your interior and exterior lighting via programming apps on your smartphone.
Water waste can feel like a difficult thing to monitor, until now. Smart water valves utilize leak and flood detectors that will save your home from future water disasters and damages. A more comprehensive device, smart water meters let you know your water usage for activities ranging from showers to toilet flushes. They can also help prevent water disasters.
New internet-connected smart televisions and refrigerators are top examples of the extent to which smart home technology has gone in its capability to manage energy usage and maximize the abilities your home appliances offer. There are also a cornucopia of smart kitchen gadgets to satiate your tech appetite, including smart forks, coffee-makers, thermometers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and inventory and grocery ordering assistants.