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From Your Electrician: How to Save Energy Through Smart Home Systems

June 26, 2019

All of us have should be taking a close look at our energy consumption and finding ways to reduce it for the betterment of the planet. One highly effective way to decrease your energy usage while not sacrificing any comforts is to install smart home systems. Here are some smart home systems and monitors you can use to be green and save some green!

Thermostats

Your electrician would tell you that your HVAC system is responsible for about half of all of your energy consumption. That really adds up! Most people leave their heat or air conditioning on even when they are not home because they do not want to come home to a cold or hot house, respectively. Installing a smart thermostat is a great solution because the thermostat can adjust the temperature while you are at work for 8+ hours to save energy, but it can also turn the air conditioning or heat back on an hour before you arrive back home so that you still feel comfortable.

Lighting

While half of your energy bill is consumed by the HVAC system, another 25% is consumed by your lighting system. Your electrician would tell you that turning off lights while you are not in a a room or in your home is an easy way to save on electricity bills, an even better, more consistent way to save energy is using a smart lighting system. This goes beyond automatic timers and motion sensors to allow you to check if your lights are on via an app, and you can also use the app to shut them off! Additionally, you can set your app to alert you if too many lights are left on, so you can take full control of your energy consumption.

Appliances

When families across the country start using their appliances all at the same time (e.g. dinnertime), it can put a strain on the electrical grid. Smart appliances can help your family lessen their contribution to that added strain by utilizing more efficient heating methods. A smart convection oven, which uses carbon fiber heating, eliminates the need for preheating and cooks food much faster while maintaining food taste and quality. Using smart appliances, like a smart oven and smart refrigerator, can slash your electric bill by up to 25%.

House Energy Monitors

After you have installed all of these smart home systems, you probably want to be able to keep track of how much you are actually saving, right? Your electrician would suggest buying a house energy monitor to keep yourself aware of the total amount of energy you and your family are consuming. This monitor works by connecting to your power meter and monitoring how much energy is being consumed. A smart monitor can pinpoint the usage to specific appliances or rooms, so you know where you are doing well and where you have room to improve in your energy usage. You can also set limits your your energy consumption, and the monitor will alert you via text when you are approaching that limit.