With Earth Day quickly approaching, it’s no surprise that our social media newsfeeds have been filled with statistics on energy usage in the U.S. After digesting some of the scarier facts, we took a look at some of the impacts home automation and smart devices can have on the energy usage of your home.
We found that residential households make up more than 20% of the United States’ total energy usage. Phantom loads – any device that consumes electricity when turned off and still plugged in – are even expected to make up for 7% of the total electricity usage. Although we waste energy through certain aspects of a home like a lack of installation or old windows, the familiar adages of turning off the lights before leaving a room and lowering the heat when heading off to work help reduce the effects of your home on the environment. Smart devices, however, are much more effective when it comes to improving your home’s energy efficiency.
With the typical U.S. home contributing more than twice as much CO2 emissions as a car every year, it seems more important than ever to begin evaluating strategies that can reduce the carbon footprint of your home while saving money.
Nearly half of the $2,200 utility bill goes towards heating and cooling the home. Even with an outdated and inefficient heating system, smart thermostats can reduce heating and cooling costs in the home by 25% or 30%.
Nest, a smart thermostat manufacturer, is offering a $30 discount on their products in support of Earth Day.
As lighting the homes makes up 11% of the total energy consumption in American residences, it makes sense that Americans spend roughly a quarter of their utility bills on just lights.
Motion sensors and similar smart devices can tell your smart lights to turn off automatically when a room is empty while lasting longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
The pairing of smart outlets and motion sensors can also let users turn off their appliances after leaving the room. They let users monitor their electric usage and be sure to turn off those appliances that have phantom loads.
It’s estimated that smart outlets such as Aeotec Smart Switch can save homeowners $200 a year on their electric bills.