As we’re all faced with increasing energy bills, many of us are wondering how to take control and save some money. One of the main options is home automation, and with smart home owners reporting annual energy savings of around 40%, it’s definitely worth considering.

What is home automation?

Instead of going around manually switching your electrical items on and off, home automation allows you to control them remotely, through the Internet – by a tap of an app, or through a pre-programmed schedule. So if you would like your lights to come on when you plan to be home, you can schedule them for just that time, or you can adjust the thermostat to ensure that your home is at just the right temperature when you get back – so your heating doesn’t have to be on all day to get it there. Home automation can also bring together your security system.

But I’ve heard smart homes use more energy?

Yes, certain devices may not be as perfect as you might like. Speakers need to be plugged in to charge, smart blinds obviously use more energy than regular blinds. But the energy usage increase that they go through won’t be massive, so it’s not worth ruling out smart home control just yet…

So which devices do save energy?

Well, it depends on how much you use them, but most devices are designed to run using the lowest level of energy. In terms of energy savers, there’s smart thermostats, which adjust unlimitedly, according to the temperature throughout your home, so can conserve energy in the long run. Smart lights can be controlled in a number of ways, including with sensors, adjusting by how much natural light is in the room, as well as only activating when a room is occupied, or to your own pre-set schedule. Smart lights can be made even more efficient through working together with smart shading – sensing when the sunniest time of day is, and allowing in all the warmth of natural light, and closing once again to keep the heat in when the sun has disappeared. With both thermostats and lights, if you’re on the beach and you’ve forgotten to turn everything off, you can do it from your phone, while your away, rather than getting home to a huge bill. Of course, you can also switch your lights on and off, too, to make it seem as though you are home, as an extra security measure. Smart plugs and smart power strips can turn other appliances into smart devices, which conserves the energy wastage associated with standby power.

Is a smart home worth the investment?

It’s true, setting up a smart home will come with an initial outlay, but in the long run, the reduced energy levels that your smart devices will consume will recoup this expense in no time, and save you money for years.

If you’d like to discover your options and the best way to set up your smart home, please get in touch with us. We’d love to help.

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