Smart Home Features That Can Help You Save Green

by Leon on December 16, 2013

go green and save on energy costsIt’s not that difficult to find homeowners that are content with the amount they pay for their monthly bills. If they’ve done a decent job with their budget and they strive to live within their means, then chances are good that they’re meeting their financial obligations, spending a little fun money, and squirreling some away for a rainy day. Even so, you’d be hard pressed to find a homeowner that isn’t interested in the prospect of lowering monthly utility bills. And these days, smart home technology is leading the way when it comes to decreasing energy consumption in order to cut one’s carbon footprint and save some scratch in the process.

If this sounds interesting and you’d like to know more about smart home products that are sure to help you save, here are some you might want to try.

The first thing you’ll want to look into when it comes to smart home technology is mobile applications and the many devices that they can control remotely. A smart home setup is based on the ability to use sensors and wireless technology to monitor and control everything electrical from a central hub, i.e. your computer in most cases. However, the latest advances have expanded that functionality to allow for remote management via smartphones and tablets. And if you’re looking to cut your carbon footprint and shave down your utility bills in the process, then the best potential for savings is going to be offered by technology that lets you make changes at any time, no matter where you are (provided you have mobile connectivity).

But what kinds of devices can you hook up to such a system and how can they help you to save? It’s not uncommon to find programs that allow you to control your home alarm system, lighting, thermostat, door locks, garage door opener, and other electronics like devices in your entertainment center and even some appliances. Whether you forgot to arm the alarm, you left the coffee pot on, or your kids left lights and TVs on in their rooms, a smart home system could let you see your oversight and correct it on your way to the office. Of course, you’ll need to set up sensors and devices that allow for this type of control in order to monitor and manage your electronic systems remotely. But the upside is that you stand to significantly rein in your energy bill as a result.

The most difficult task you’re bound to face is finding an app that gives you universal control. In truth, one of your best options may be to install a Vivint alarm system, which allows for many of the remote controls functions listed above. There are plenty of independent companies that offer electronics management piecemeal, but you’re probably better off finding a whole-home system and then installing the components needed to give you control over various electronics in the home. You should know that smarthome functionality won’t solve all of your problems. You may still need a qualified technician for water heater or furnace troubleshooting. But with the right sensors you can receive alerts when your HVAC system is malfunctioning or your water heater springs a leak. And this can help you to correct the problem post haste and potentially save even more by stopping small problems before they turn in to major malfunctions.

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