Conservation is the talk of the century, and if you’re looking to go green, there’s no better way to start than in your home. It’s the little things that add up to make a major impact on your carbon footprint, and adding just a few smart products to your home can greatly lower your home’s energy and water usage and cut costs.
Here are 7 simple ways to your smart home can help you live a sustainable lifestyle:
1. Energy Monitoring
Knowledge is power, and detecting which appliances and devices are using the most energy can help you cut down on your home’s energy usage. A smart energy monitoring system can help you keep track of your energy consumption so you can make targeted adjustments to how energy is being used in your home.
2. Temperature Control
Leaving the heat or AC on at the same temperature all day can waste a significant amount of energy, especially if there are long periods of time in which nobody is home. A smart thermostat allows you to set a schedule for your home’s temperature based on your daily routine and can reduce your home’s energy costs by up to 15%.
3. Leak Detection
Anything from a small leak to a burst pipe can cause significant water waste and cause damage to your home. Smart leak detectors aim to solve this problem by monitoring your pipes and immediately alerting you if there is a leak in your home. Some systems even automatically shut the water off if a leak is detected.
4. Motion Sensors
When you’re constantly moving about your busy home, it can be a pain to turn the lights on and off each time you enter a room, but keeping all the lights on can be a major energy waster. Installing motion sensor lights that only turn on when someone enters a room or moves outside your home makes it easy to conserve energy in little ways that add up fast. The convenience of not worrying about leaving the lights on is an added bonus!
5. Smart Plugs and Power Strips
You’ve probably never thought twice about keeping your TV or small appliances plugged in all day, but they can suck the life out of your energy bill even if they’re technically turned off. A smart plug or power strip allows you to seamlessly connect your basic devices to your smart home’s integration system so you can remotely control their power supply and shut off the current entirely when not in use.
6. Smart Sprinkler Systems
As most homeowners know, sprinklers use a lot of water, and it’s often difficult to gauge just how much water your lawn needs. In fact, needless watering can waste thousands of gallons of water each month! By installing a smart sprinkler system, you can automate your lawn’s watering based on weather data and lawn conditions, greatly reducing your home’s water usage.
7. Light Dimming
As we’ve mentioned, lights can be a major energy waster, and you might not always want or need to keep your lights on at full brightness. Installing a smart dimmer or smart bulbs with dimming capabilities makes it easy to adjust your lighting based on your personal preferences. Dimming your lights by just 10 percent probably won’t make a noticeable difference in your home’s lighting, but your energy use will definitely go down.
Home automation is already making a major impact on people’s lives, and there’s no better way to use it than to lower your impact on the environment. Going green has never been easier, and adding just a few of these smart devices to your home can make a major dent in your home’s carbon footprint, lowering energy costs while adding major convenience to your everyday life.
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