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Automating Your Home To Reduce Energy Usage And Stress

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With all the modern technology available to homeowners today, those who haven’t improved their space with automation are behind the times. Recent innovations have simplified our lives, providing consumers with a way to reduce the stress of busy lives and their energy bills. Automating your home has dual benefits, making it an easy choice for eco-conscious homeowners.

These changes may not appear as outwardly impressive as the Jetsons’ apartment building in the sky or a robot maid that cleans the dishes, but there are alternatives to conventional products that you can purchase right now. And some of these products are just as neat!

Check out some of the additions any homeowner can make to alleviate their stress and conserve energy.

Smart Lighting

The clap-activated lamps of yesteryear were impressive when they first entered the market. Technology has made considerable advancements since then, of course. We’ve built on that initial idea to offer new solutions for homeowners with a progressive attitude. The way it works is simple.

Homeowners can deactivate all of the lights in their home with the single press of a button on their smartphone. From anywhere. No longer do you have to worry about the question, “Did I leave the bathroom light on?” as you’re stuck in traffic on the way to work. Automating your home can allow you to monitor energy usage on the go.

Certain programs allow you to schedule your preferences, so you can decide what time of day you’d like the lights in your home to turn on or off. With more control over when and where you use your power, the savings you’ll accumulate will add up to a substantial sum while decreasing your carbon footprint.

Smart Sprinklers

Gardening is rewarding but stressful. If you have a garden that you tend in the spring and summer seasons, you’re well aware of the stress it can place on your back and knees. In arid places, watering can become a labor-intensive and time-consuming endeavor that drains your enthusiasm and saps your spirit.

Fortunately, a smart sprinkler system can ease the task of manual watering in addition to saving you money. Smart sprinklers determine the most effective schedule for your lawn’s unique needs and activate only when necessary to stop unnecessary water expenditure.

No longer will you have to heft your watering can out of the garage during lengthy dry spells. Plus, you can stop relying on basic sprinkler systems that consume unreasonable amounts of water. A smart sprinkler system is a smart addition for any eco-conscious gardener looking for convenience.

Smart Garage Door Openers

In our busy day-to-day lives, important details often slip past our attention. Whether a homeowner forgets to turn off a bathroom light or neglects to close their garage door, consequences can range from a higher power bill to home intrusion. But there’s no reason to worry. Automating your home also involves this ever-important security fixture.

Smart garage door openers allow homeowners to combat their anxieties by affording them a long-distance solution. From anywhere in the world — 15 feet away from their home or 15,000 miles — all it takes is a WiFi connection and a smartphone device to secure your home’s garage door.

Unlike traditional models of garage door openers, smart openers don’t draw electricity on standby mode. Instead, they draw power only when you want them to. With the frequency by which most homeowners use their garage doors every day, this smart automation is a wise investment.

Smart Climate Control

Homeowners no longer have to toy around with their touchy thermostats to find the perfect temperature. Say goodbye to the days of waking up in an arctic tundra with only your blanket for protection, or tossing and turning in sweat-soaked sheets in the height of summer.

With the smart climate control options available today, issues with heating and cooling are a thing of the past. Devices monitor interior and exterior temperatures, modulating to account for changes in the environment while maximizing energy efficiency to save you money on your monthly expenses.

Similar to other forms of home automation, the owner accesses the climate control app through their smartphone. From this hub, they can adjust the settings to suit their personal preferences while letting the system decide the optimal temperatures in their absence.

The Future of Automating Your Home

What does this exciting market have in store for consumers a year, two years or a decade from now? We’re distant from the luxuries of science fiction, but with every innovation, the parallels grow more distinct. One point is very clear, however. Home automation has the potential to make a positive impact on our carbon footprints.

Holly Welles is a real estate writer with an interest in environmentally-friendly projects. She also has a passion for helping fellow millennials make the most out of homeownership. You can read her latest tips on her blog, The Estate Update, and follow her on Twitter @HollyAWelles.


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