5 ways home automation saves you money

November 3, 2015

The idea of investing in new tech for your home may not seem like a money-saving tactic because of the upfront costs. But when it comes to home automation, you can enjoy the latest in technology while also saving money.

5 ways home automation saves you money

1. Thermostats

  • Programmable thermostats allow you to heat or cool your house only when you're at home to prevent wasted energy.
  • Programming the thermostat to be several degrees cooler or warmer while you're sleeping or away from home can save a considerable amount of money.
  • The newest models even provide internet connectivity that lets you adjust the thermostat from any location using your smartphone.

2. Motion detectors

  • Connection lights to motion detectors ensures they will never be left on in an empty room.
  • You can also purchase smart dimmer switches and set up programs for different lighting levels throughout the day.
  • Motion detectors can be installed in your home as well as outside, such as along the driveway or path leading up to the house.
  • If you have pets, you can purchase motion detectors that ignore pets that weigh less than 18 kilograms.

3. Energy monitor

  • With many companies mandating smart meters for electricity, it is more expensive during peak times for any consumption.
  • The installation of an energy monitor allows you to keeps tabs on your electricity use and bill.
  • While the monitor itself does not help save money, users can benefit from understanding when they're using the most electricity and when it's most expensive. With that information, you can cut down on your electricity use.
  • Once you understand your energy use, you can program appliances such as dishwashers, attic fans and more, to operate only during off-peak hours.
  • Depending on your energy consumption this can save you a considerable amount of money yearly.

4. Window shades

  • Windows are often a source of energy loss, so automating your shades to open and close according to the sun's position allows you to take advantage of its heating properties during the winter, while blocking its rays during the summer.
  • Instead of turning up the AC, you can program the shades to roll down to keep the sun from heating up your house.
  • In the winter, program the shades to roll up in the day to let in as much warmth as possible.

5. Home security

With cameras connected to the Internet, you can use your computer to set up and monitor your home security system without having to pay high fees to a monitoring company.

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