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Compared to previous eras in human history, we are all more attuned than ever to the impact that our
lives have on our planet. So if you’re considering smart home automation for your home, old or new,
you might be wondering how home automation systems might affect the mark you leave on the Earth.
Home automation systems focus on elevating the level of convenience that you experience in your
daily life, but they also focus on improving efficiency and reducing wastage. Thanks to the latter two
aspects, they can really help you lower your carbon footprint on an everyday basis, resulting in
significant improvements in your total energy usage at the end of the month. When you consider this
on an annual basis, and across millions of smart home users, smart home automation can have a big,
impact across the globe when it comes to environmental sustainability.
Let’s take a look at a few instances in which smart home automation can help eliminate wasteful
expenditure of energy or help you perform a daily task more energy-efficiently.

Turning Lights On and Off

Smart lighting systems can ensure that you minimize or even eliminate wasting energy on lights when
they are not needed. Take for example a timer system; it can make sure that certain parts of your
house are only lit up when they are likely to be in use or required due to external conditions (e.g. the
garden lights only come on when needed after sundown).
Or consider a motion-detection system; lights in certain rooms would be turned on automatically when
the movement of a person is sensed and turned off after no movement has been sensed in the room
for some time).
In this way, smart lighting systems can help you minimize your energy consumption in the long run.
And this is a bonus for the environment and your energy bill.

Setting a Timer on Power Heavy Appliances

How many times have you forgotten to turn the iron off? Using smart technology such as smart
switches or similar, you can get this problem under control. For example, the timer feature on smart
switches could be used to ensure devices like your iron turn off automatically after some time has
passed. Or you would be able to remotely turn it off the smart plug or socket that your iron or other
power-hungry device is plugged into, by using a device like your smartphone that’s connected to the

internet. This means that even after you’ve left the house, if you remember that you accidentally left
your iron off, you’ll be able to turn it off right away without having to head back home.

Efficient Climate Control Systems

Many smart home systems feature devices that can monitor signals such as light and temperature
levels both inside your home and outside of it. Using such data, a smart home system could optimally
manage your cooling systems, such as your air conditioners. The data could be used to ensure your
air conditioners run at just the right levels to maintain the desired temperature that you have specified.
This means that when the weather is cooler, your air conditioner can be placed on a lower setting
since it needs to do less work to maintain your desired temperature. Additionally, if your smart home
system detects that there is a lot of sunlight coming in from one side of the building through your glass
windows or doors, it could decide to automatically close the blinds for you, preventing the room from
heating up too quickly. This would also reduce the effort required by your air conditioner to keep the
room cool, and thereby lower the energy consumed by it