What if we tell you there is a way to prevent your electric appliances from being left on unnecessarily? Most people are familiar with the conveniences provided by a smart home. Lighting, music temperature and more can be controlled with a single click of a button or a simple voice command.  Home automation brings in various benefits. Energy conservation followed by cost reduction is one of the benefit. A smart home can  adjust lighting and cooling based on the previous energy consumption patterns and outdoor temperature. Smart sensors placed all around your home help in determining the most comfortable temperature. This helps to prevent wasteful usage of electricity. Within the course of time, the money saved does sum up to a lot.

Smart Lighting

Settings programmed in advance can further help save energy. Lights can be turned on only where and when you need them. Imagine the times when you cozied up in bed only to realize you have forgotten to turn off the bathroom lights. With smart lighting you can control your lights in bed using your smart phone. You don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn off the lights when you leave the room. We have all been guilty of leaving the house with lights and electric appliances powered up. This is more of a worry especially if you have kids at home. A smart home can detect if the room is unoccupied and turn off lights or simply increase lighting and brightness automatically as the sun sets. Dimmers can be used to help reduce voltage. Using your smart phone, lights that have been left on can be switched off no matter where in the world you are.

Cooling and heating cost can be reduced with motorized shadings

By controlling the amount of heat or air that enters a home, motorized window shadings help reduce energy. Having to shut down windows during various hours of the day can be tedious specially if you have a lot of windows. A series of actions can be programmed in advance. More over shadings can be controlled individually even when you are not around. Climate can be automated and the temperature of the house or any room in specific can be adjusted automatically. Heating and cooling devices can be switched on or off based on occupancy in the room. The temperature in the room can also be adjusted in case windows are left open.

Solar energy

If possible consider integrating solar energy panels into your smart home system. This can help you monitor electricity production and usage. You can also schedule certain functions that consume the most amount of energy.

Geofencing

Advancements in technology have made saving energy much easier. Geofence is a virtual geographic boundary defined by global positioning system (GPS) or radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. Programmed devices can perform actions when users cross this virtual boundary. By combining user location with mobile device capabilities, one can save energy by scheduling appliances to perform tasks, programming thermostats and controlling lightings. Electronic appliances can be turned on and off not only based on timing but also on physical location. You can simply have your air conditioner and lights turned on when you’re minutes away from home. Surveillance cameras can be turned on when your are away from home and turned off when you return. Forgot to lock your door? The door will lock its self when you once you leave home. Geofencing integrated smart locks can allow kids to enter the house without you having to worry about them losing keys or leaving the door unlocked.