Smart Homes Can Lower the Summer Energy Bill
Summer is fast approaching. The first day of Summer will be on June 20, 2021. However, if you live in the southern states, your air conditioner has already been on for a month or two. No one looks forward to those house cooling utility bills during the excessively hot months. Add to that, the kids home from school going in and out of that front door all day. According to a report by Direct Energy, your HVAC uses 46% of your home’s energy. This is followed by your water heater at 14%, other appliances at 13%, and lights with a 9% usage. Most have heard that integrating smart home devices into the home saves you time and money. Not only that, it adds to your home security system to give you an extra layer of protection. Exactly how is this done? Here are just a few ways.
Smart ThermostatSmart thermostats use a Wi-Fi signal to receive commands and schedules from your smartphone. You can manually make adjustments to your home’s temperature while you are away or have a schedule already programmed. But wait, some people may say that a simple programmable thermostat can do the same thing, right? True, but that takes a lot of programming and constant adjustments to make sure it stays on your schedule. The difference is that the smart thermostat is not just programmable but also uses analytics that ties in with the home’s other smart devices.
The smart thermostat uses your daily routine to “learn” your habits. It will start to identify when you will be gone or arrive back home. In addition, geofencing allows the thermostat to recognize you pulling in the driveway and make the adjustment necessary for your arrival home. Another area it can save you is monitoring your contact sensors. When your thermostat detects an open window or door, it makes adjustments so as to not waste energy. Your app keeps you informed as to your energy usage, the status of the A/C, and any issues that may need to be changed to get the best efficiency.