If you’re still on the fence about whether to go ahead and invest in a home automation system, one thing that might tip the scales is the energy-saving factor.
You might have heard that smart home automation may not only make your life easier but less costly too. And it’s true! Especially in the long run.
But what’s the relationship between the two? Read on to find out.
Why Home Automation Systems Save Energy
Smart home automation is not just about being able to boss around your home’s appliances. It can also be a real pay-off over time in terms of energy savings.
Why is that? Home automation systems at their core go beyond convenience; they are really all about efficiency.
They find the easiest way to get things done around the house, while also using the minimum resources required – and these resources include not just your effort and time, but also energy.
By keeping rooms at exactly the right temperature, and powering down lights and appliances when there’s no one around to use them, home automation systems save small amounts of energy for you every day.
And when you have a big home or look at it over the span of months, these savings can really add up.
How Do They Do It?
So how do these home automation systems do it? What are some of the ways that they can make more efficient use of energy in your home than you could ever hope to do manually? Let’s find out.
One way is with the use of a handy gadget called a Weather Station. This gizmo is installed on the outside of your home and is full of nifty sensors.
What does it do? As the Weather Station sits outside and is exposed to the elements, it’s in the perfect position to record climate data.
The Weather Station feeds the climate data it’s picked up into your home automation system. So now, your smart home knows what it’s like outside. It knows how hot or cold it is. How much natural light there is and so on.
But how can this help with energy savings? It’s what your home automation system does with this information that’s crucial.
For example, let’s say in the mornings, your home office’s glass windows always seem to face the sun – so much so that it tends to be a bit blinding and uncomfortably warm.
Once the Weather Station picks up on this lighting info, your home automation system will automatically respond by bringing down the blinds to protect your home office from the light. This has two effects. It makes your morning a lot better. But it also means that your office gets less heated up by the sun’s rays. As a consequence, your home cooling systems will have to expend less energy to maintain your ideal temperature.
Another way your home automation system can help save energy in this kind of scenario is by automatically turning off the lights when your blinds are drawn up. It can make this decision based on the information that the Weather Station relays to it, regarding the current levels of natural light outside.
Interested in learning about how you can incorporate a Weather Station into your plans for smart home automation? Speak to our team!
Editorial Staff at Shinrai Smart Home are experts on smart home technologies.