Here are 10 helpful tips and tricks for minimizing your carbon footprint with the help of home automation.
Use A Programmable Thermostat To Implement Temperature Set-Back
Heating and cooling account for about 65% of the energy used in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. By setting the thermostat back 10-15 degrees for eight hours, homeowners can save about 5-15% on their heating billings.
Reduce The Maximum Level On Dimmable Lights
Even modern bulbs such as LEDs and CFLs reduce their energy consumption when dimmed. Dimming also has the benefit of extending the life of these bulbs so there’s less contribution to the landfills.
Use “Sunset” and “Sunrise” Events To Turn Outside Lights On And Off
Saves energy by ensuring outside lights aren’t left on during the daytime.
Use Remote Access
Control energy consumption from a mobile device while you’re away. Turn lights off that got left on and set the thermostat to energy savings temperatures while your’re away and then back to the ideal temperatures so that it’s comfortable when you arrive home.
Create A Green Scene
When activated, a “green” setting can put the house in energy savings mode. Turn off unused lights, reduce the maximum output on lights that are on, change the thermostat settings, lower shades and turn off vampire-power devices that are not in use.
Program Bathroom Lights And Fans To Turn Off After A Set Time Delay
When the bathroom light and fan are turned on, a timer will make sure they turn off automatically after a specified amount of time. As an added bonus, a fan timer can be used as a reminder to finish showering, saving water and energy.
Use Motion Detectors To Manage Lights
Motion sensors can tell when a room is occupied and turn lights on and off based on that information. Lights are only on when necessary, reducing waste while keeping the family safe.
Install Motorized Shades For Blocking The Afternoon Sun
Use a temperature sensor or set programming relative to current sunset, which reduces your cooling bill and increases your comfort.
Select Energy-Efficient Components
Make sure you component selections draw minimal amounts of power while they are in their standby modes.