In today’s world, there are dozens of tips and tricks to save energy and cut costs.
We can ask Alexa or Google to turn on our lights and music or set timers on our washing machines. Smart devices are able to do a lot of things, but are you taking full advantage of the smart devices available on the market?
If you are a regular user of virtual assistants and devices, or if you are interested in a smarter home, you may want to learn more about how you can make your home smarter and save money at the same time.
Smart home device installation requires an upfront investment but is the payoff worth it in the end?
Home automation can decrease your yearly home operating costs by an average of 10 percent. This may not seem like a lot right now, but 10 percent yearly can accumulate into a considerable amount.
Not only can you save money with smart devices, but you will also waste less energy. In fact, Americans spend $130 billion dollars on energy waste.
So, while your smart devices can’t save you money on your entertainment, rent, or mortgage, the implementation of home automation could lead to savings in unavoidable costs- like your utility bills.
The more devices you have in your home, the more money you will save.
How does this all work?
Check out our guide below to save money with smart devices.
Beyond the scope of programmable thermostats, smart thermostats optimize your home’s heating and cooling processes.
A smart thermostat will adapt to your daily routines and stop warm or cold air that is being sent to rooms or spaces that are not in use at certain times.
The airflow and heat can be redirected to rooms that need it! This means that your furnace and air conditioner never waste fuel, gas, or electricity.
A smart thermostat is controlled by an internet-connected device, such as your phone, a home automation hub, or a tablet/computer. This means you can control your thermostat from wherever you are, even while on vacation!
Some smart thermostats can also learn the times when you are typically home and the amount of time it takes to heat or cool your home.
In order to have a smart thermostat help you in saving the most amount of money and energy, it is important to remember that there are various factors that determine your home's energy-efficient.
The age and location of your home and any retrofits you may have made (such as new windows, efficient insulation, or leak-free ducts) will have an impact on your smart thermostat’s usage.
Once your smart thermostat learns your patterns, it will automatically adjust your thermostat so that your home is not heated or cooled when empty when you leave your home for the day.
It will then turn on prior to your return so that you do not walk into a frozen or hot home.
Coupled with an energy-efficient home, your smart thermostat will help you save money on your energy bill and your HVAC system can last longer because of reduced run time and less use.
When you outfit your home with smart security systems like security cameras, spotlight cameras, or video doorbells, you may be surprised at your potential to save money.
Systems like RING, Wink, or Nest can be merged with your other smart home devices to be controlled by voice commands to a virtual assistant already in the home, as well as via your own voice commands or on your smartphone, automation hub, or computer/tablet.
Smart security systems help you save money as they minimize your risk of theft and break-ins. They can also alert you to a sudden drop in the temperature of your home, which may protect you from frozen pipes that lead to floods.
Similar to the smart thermostat, a smart security system can save you money with a reduction in the amount of time that your electricity is used. A smart security system will turn lights on for you at a predetermined time, or, you may choose to turn on your lights via your phone, computer/tablet, or automation hub.
You also may be able to take advantage of homeowner’s insurance discounts with a smart security system.
Your smart security system may also have additional features to help you save money, like:
- Synchronized lights with sensors that turn the lights off when a room is unoccupied, and back on when someone re-enters
- Lights turned on or off from afar with your connected smartphone or tablet
- The use of voice commands to turn the lights on when you are ready to enter a room, instead of leaving lights on ‘in case’
The more features you use on your smart security system, the more money you will save and the more convenient your life—and home—will become.
Smart plumbing options like the Flo by Moen and smart valves are excellent ways to save money on your water and electricity bills.
The smart valve can be voice-activated to perform commands, such as asking it to start your shower when you want it started.
It also compresses the air in your water supply before it reaches your water meter, which means that you will not be overcharged.
The smart valve also prevents water pressure drops and ensures that your water meter will run in its normal flow range. Finally, the smart valve ensures that your supply will not be overloaded.
Flo by Moen
The Flo by Moen protects your home from water damage and leaks with an alert sent to your automation hub, smartphone, or computer/tablet.
Flo can be installed onto your fixtures and onto your pipes and watch for any type of change in pressure and temperature.
You will be alerted before a major catastrophe occurs. The Flo can shut off your system before a leak springs, which can mitigate water damage and the need for restorative work and repairs.
With the implementation of smart plumbing devices in your home’s automation, you will save money by the avoidance of disaster, but also, as with the security system, you may be able to show proof of the smart plumbing devices to your insurance company and save even more on your homeowner’s insurance.
Automated Light Systems
With a smart light system, you may choose to set your lights to come on at a predetermined time, so that your home is bright when you return from work.
You may also choose to change the color of your lights, dependent on your mood.
A smart light system helps you save money with the option of controlling your lights remotely. You may want to program your lights to come on at a certain time every day or change the timer for certain days.
You can also turn your lights on when you are away from home, and check to see that they are turned off when you are not going to be home.
Wink Automation Hub
With all the different types of technology available to you, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of apps you need to have on the go to control your smart home.
Wink Automation Hub is a great way to keep all of your smart devices under control in one app.
You will feel more organized and in control of your home and devices, plus the convenience of the hub will take home management to the next level.
Think Smart With Majewski Plumbing
When you are ready to upgrade your home with the addition of smart technology, contact Majewski Plumbing.
Start saving money today with smart home technology from Majewski Plumbing.
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