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How to Save Energy with Smart Home Automation

Go Green with Motorized Shades, Smart Lighting, and Climate Control Systems

How to Save Energy with Smart Home Automation

Saving energy and making the most of our natural resources should be a priority, but it can be hard to make those essential changes when you have so much on your mind already. The lifestyle decision to be greener is no small feat to tackle. Small tasks like turning lights off when you leave the room need to become top of mind. But what if we told you there was a system that could do it all for you? Smart home automation helps you save energy by automatically doing the work for you using motion sensors, timers, and remote controls. So if you live in the McKinney, Texas area and would like to know how to go green with today's newest technology, continue reading this special edition of our blog.

Upgrade Your Shades

Motorized shades can make a big impact on the amount of electricity you use every day because they are an integral part of a climate control system. They work with both lighting systems and HVAC to affect the temperature of your home and energy output. Shades help you harvest daylight and reduce the need for artificial light. Timers raise the shades when the sun is high and then lowers them at sundown. You could also sync your shades with lights so when there is enough daylight streaming in, artificial lights dim or shut off completely. The lighting manufacturer Lutron reports that this strategy can save you up to 60% on energy usage. Shades also help save energy by taking strain off of your HVAC system. Warm the home naturally by drawing the shades, or keep it cool by lowering them.

Automate Your Lighting

Occupancy sensors can help you save 20-60% on energy. Yes, it can be challenging to remember to turn off all the lights whenever you leave a room, especially if you live in a large house in Texas or tend to be forgetful. We can install motion sensors in every room so that you don't have to worry wasting electricity. Smart sensors can detect if a room is occupied or not, and turn the light off. Dimmers can also help you save on utility costs. Lower the lighting levels by at least 30% and lower costs by 20% every year.

Install a Smart Thermostat

Air conditioning and central heat accounts for about 25 to 40% of energy use in the home, so this is one big area you want to be especially mindful of. Control4 has a wireless thermostat that can be integrated into your smart home system. Since it is a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat, you can change the temperature of your home from a smartphone or tablet. With so much control, you can program your thermostat to set temperatures to save energy, yet stay comfortable any time of the year.

Are you interested in saving money, energy and helping reduce your carbon footprint? Be a good steward of your resources by installing a climate control system, complete with motorized shades, automated lighting and a smart thermostat. Contact us today!