Smart thermostats are not new devices, but new technology has made them more reliable and affordable for the average homeowner. Many of them adjust automatically based on lifestyles and schedules of those who live in the home using high-tech sensors, algorithms and cloud computing options. Smart thermostats can remember schedules and integrate weather forecasts, allowing the homeowner to control the device using a computer or mobile device from any location. Smart thermostats can reduce the average energy bill by 30 percent, and costs start at around $250.
Energy Efficient Appliances
There are many new-age appliances that provide significant energy savings, but also offer additional technologies that can improve life. There are now refrigerators that can keep track of grocery lists and log food Gas hot water systems, such as the Bosch Highflow system not only reduces energy costs, but also helps the environment by heating water as it is needed, and only heating the amount necessary for the task at hand.
Although it is commonly known that switching to LED lighting can reduce energy costs, consumers are now finding that automation services are another way to be sure energy costs remain low. In fact, using home automation services to control lights can not only save on energy, but can also provide added security, as vacationing homeowners can set lights to turn on and go off using the automation to make it appear someone is at home, deterring burglars. The systems can be accessed using tablets, laptops or smartphones, and many are available through home security companies and other vendors. There are those who believe that as energy companies begin adding smart meter services, they, too, will begin offering home automation services to homeowners. The systems can also control faucets and other water outlets, allowing the homeowner to turn off sprinklers during sudden rainstorms or stop faucets that were accidentally left on.
It is not just big appliances that provide energy savings, as there are many little devices that can provide reduced energy costs. Consumer electronics can add almost $200 a year to energy costs simply by powering up and down each day, so adding a “smart” adapter
Although some of the latest energy saving devices can be initially expensive, the money saved with reduced energy often allows homeowners to recoup their investment fairly quickly. In addition, there are many small, inexpensive things that can be added to a home or office that can reduce energy usage even slightly, which over time adds up to significant savings.