There are now a myriad of ways to cut down your home’s energy use. Smart appliances that control lights and even mobile apps that can communicate with smart electronics are now widely available to help lower energy costs in households. Sustainable products for the home continue to grow in popularity as these energy saving solutions offer innovative ways to help homeowners lower their monthly costs.
A survey conducted by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) found that consumers are now more concerned about the cost of their energy expenditure. The problem however is that most are still unaware of all their energy management options. An estimated 60% of the country’s adult population are concerned about their rising electric bills but barely half of them know what to do about it.
So, if you’re having a hard time figuring out how you can reduce your energy expenses, take a look at some of the newest home technologies that can enable your household to utilize energy more efficiently:
1. Smart Thermostats
Newer smart thermostats now can set your home’s temperature based on your schedule and lifestyle. These devices are very sleek and modern, and they have sensors, cloud computing and algorithms that will learn your habits and will automatically adjust the internal temperature of your home according to your needs. You can also control the thermostat using an app or your computer so you can access it remotely.
2. Smart Appliances
There are now refrigerators, washing machines, TVs and air conditioners that are not only smart, but are also environment-friendly. Many of these appliances are smart-grid ready and they can even work during non-peak hours to you can cut down on energy costs.
3. Home Automation
A few years ago, home automation was only possible with LED lighting but now the technology has evolved greatly that even security cameras are already fully automated. You can program your home appliances to switch on or off, as needed and they can be controlled even if you’re a thousand miles away from home. When you use this technology, you are assured that energy is never wasted in your home.
4. Energy Meter
There’s a device that you can install wirelessly in your home to keep track of your energy use. The smart energy meter will let you see your electricity and gas consumption in real time so you will know just how much energy your household is using. Some devices will also tell you which of your appliances are currently on.
There are other ways you can save energy in your home. You can put solar panels in your roof, use solar batteries, or perhaps install a geothermal heat pump. Smart home technologies will continue to improve and become more efficient in the near future, and pretty soon we’ll be introduced to innovations we have never even heard of. Get started by taking a good look at the energy consumption in your home and determine where you can save energy.