Do you know that home automation could actually help you save money ? Energy efficiency equipment are becoming more and more affordable and can be installed in your home, without any need of renovation.
Cooling & Heating
Let’s take thermostats for example. They can be installed on your cooling or heating system. At home, we use our Danfoss Living Connect thermostats to maintain a constant temperature. When we are away on holidays, our hub controls the thermostats to stop heating and to turn the heater on just before we come back home.
We don’t own automated shades but we picture a lot of possibilities with them. You can imagine the shades opening as you are waking up in the morning, letting the sun in to heat your place. Or, if it is too warm outside, your shades can close according to the weather conditions to cool the temperature. A good way to save money while protecting the environment without wasting energy.
Lights & Power
It is quite simple to control lights in your smart home. Combined with motion sensors, you can do pretty much everything. We use the Fibaro Motion Sensor to detect if there is someone in the rooms and turn the lights off when there is no one left. Also, timers can be used to light your entrance when someone gets home.
Some smart bulbs are already energy efficient as they consume as little energy as possible while dimmers allow you to control your lights intensity.
With smart plugs, your electronic equipment can be switched off when they are not used. No more wasting energy with sleep mode!
When talking about energy efficiency, we have to mention saving water. At home we use the Parrot Flower Power to monitor our plants. The sensor watches the levels of sunlight, temperature, fertilizer and moisture and sends alerts to your phone, for example if your plant lacks water or fertilizer. A good tip for your plant’s and wallet’s health!
Edit 10/24/2016: The Parrot Flower Power seems to have been discontinued and replaced by the Parrot Pot.
You can go further by installing an automatic irrigation system in your garden. Smart garden hubs know exactly how to react according to the weather and to your plants’ needs. If it was rainy earlier in the day, it won’t water your plants again.
Are you ready to save money by helping the planet with your smart home?