Smart Home Automation Products Save Energy

Andy Lindus
Written by Andy Lindus
Updated July 1, 2016
smart home lighting with smartphone
Smart home lighting, controlled with your smart phone, is an energy-efficient addition. (Photo courtesy of Philips)

By installing energy-efficient automation accessories, homeowners can make any house a smart home.

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It’s safe to say that popular interior color combinations and must-have accessories come and go at a rapid pace. In fact, any time a trend stays popular for a substantial length of time, it’s worth sitting up and taking notice.

The home improvement realm has seen a move in recent years toward accessories that not only make a home as energy-efficient as possible, but also have automated capabilities to make life easier. Here’s just a sampling of home accessories that now come with smart house technology.

Smart thermostats

In most homes, 50 percent of a monthly utility bill is comprised of expenses associated with climate control. A smart thermostat is an investment that will rapidly pay off. Some models are so intuitive they use motion detection sensors to understand your traffic patterns, and as they learn your habits, they program themselves.

They can also factor in the current weather to determine if a temperature adjustment is warranted. A perk of these units is they’re significantly smaller and more attractive than older models.

Automated lighting

After heating and cooling, lighting is the second most expensive contributor to your energy bill. Installing motion detection sensors that identify when an area empties out can quickly lower your bill because they eliminate the cost of lighting an unoccupied area. Some models are intuitive enough to detect when natural light levels are strong and artificial lighting is unnecessary.

Connected washing machines

With advancing technology, the cell phone is becoming the remote control of the home. There are even energy-efficient washing machines that homeowners can start remotely via an app on their smart phones. The smart washers also come programmed with technology that allows them to determine times of the day when utility rates are the lowest, so a cycle can run during non-peak hours even if the homeowner is away.

Window treatments

During daylight hours in the winter months, it’s wise to keep window shades open to take advantage of solar heat gain. However, as the sun sets, closed window treatments can act as a barrier to keep heated air within your home.

The problem is it’s common during the winter for a homeowner not to return home until after dark. Several window treatment manufacturers have created shades that can be programmed or are reactive to your location’s sunrise and sunset times.

The best part is many work with your smartphone, making the shades adjustable from anywhere at any time. These automated window treatments provide substantial energy savings over time.

Smart power strips

Many electronic devices continue to siphon energy from your smart home even when you aren’t actively using them. Power strips equipped with motion detection technology are able to sense when a room is unoccupied and shut off the device so it ceases to waste energy.

What automation technology do you want to install to make your house a smart home? Share your ideas in the comments section below!

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