Given the current economic climate, raised awareness regarding the environment and increased concern over home protection, having a high quality home automation system has never seemed more important. There are many great home security systems available on the market, but before making a purchase we should first consider the huge benefits.
Put On the Green Lights
We all want to do our bit to help the environment by reducing our energy consumption and lowering our carbon footprint. Home automation systems can help us realise our green goals in a number of ways. One of the best methods is to fit your interior lights with occupancy sensors, which can in turn have photocells and infrared installed. This means your house lights will only come on when there is someone in the house and will be dimmed to suit the light levels inside and out.
Naturally, this will conserve energy, by only turning house lights on when completely necessary. You can also integrate these systems with energy saving fluorescent light bulbs. The International Energy Agency (IEA) released shocking statistics that revealed 19% of worldwide electricity generation is consumed by lighting. Surely you want to join those switching to efficient lighting? The IEA says a global move in this direction would cut world electricity consumption by 20%!
Don’t Stand-by To Cut Energy Bills
Using the stand-by option on home appliances can increase your energy bill by 8%. Don’t be lazy, turn off and unplug. An alternative is to set your home automation system to program climate controls so that electric heaters and air conditioning systems only come on when the property is occupied. You can also integrate smart power strips into your automation system, which can read when an appliance has been turned off and completely cuts power to it.
It is also a good idea to integrate a power monitor into your home automation system, which reads the amount and cost of your energy consumption. They can be set to identify the best time of day to use appliances like the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher by detecting off-peak periods when your electricity provider charges lower rates.
Protecting Your Home and the Planet
Every homeowner needs to step up to the plate and meet the challenge to reduce carbon footprints and help save the environment. There is no reason why you can both maintain full protection of your property and cut back your levels of energy consumption. Many home automation systems have already integrated energy consumption meters within their software, enabling the data to be check on a daily basis.
There are energy efficient security cameras widely available. Using them in combination with fluorescent security lights, with motion detectors installed so they only shine when a presence is detected on your property, will drastically reduce your energy consumption. Contact an established home automation system provider for expert advice on how you can protect your house and the environment and take the action required to make a difference.
Sebastian frequently spends his time finding ways to save energy and money through high tech trickery. He’s recently invested in a home automation system that not only saves money, but has given him his technology fix for the year.
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