This can be achieved through sustainable building methods, considerations into how we power our homes and introducing smart home technologies for the purpose of increasing energy efficiency and stopping occupants from wasting electricity unnecessarily.
The growing trend of using solar energy to power your homes allows you to get the most out of your smart home technology and vice versa. As well as being cost efficient and sustainable, connecting your solar panels with smart home systems means that you can monitor your home’s current electricity consumption and production at all times from any smart device.
The uses of solar energy for residential properties are becoming more diverse. Our team at integrated logic have recently undergone training to install and manage electric car charging points which can be powered from your solar panels and monitored by your smart home devices. Electric cars are the future and we recommend that all new residential builds, and construction projects in general include electric vehicle charging points as standard in planning permission applications.
Smart home heating
It is equally important to be energy efficient with systems inside your home. A smart thermostat adds a layer of intelligence to the heart of your home and with clever integration, you can control your heating system by time, room and even your smart phones GPS signal.
Homeowners can create set points and keep their homes at a certain temperature during different times of the day. They can also zone their property, so that different areas of the home are only heated when they need to be. By programming it so that the temperature is lowered in rooms that aren’t needed at certain times of day, a home can be made much more energy efficient without the need for constant interaction by the user.
Motion sensors and smart phone tracking can also be used with heating systems, changing the program to energy-saving mode if no presence has been detected for a prolonged period to reduce energy costs.
Lighting and sensors
An intelligent lighting system can have a huge impact to your homes ambience, practicality and efficiency. Lighting should only illuminate in the areas of the property that require it, but the difficulty with a traditional lighting system is that the user is responsible for physically switching each light on and off as they need them. Forgetting to turn off a light when you leave a room wastes energy that could be used elsewhere.
A simple solution for this is to install sensors. Sensors can work in multiple ways, from recognising when someone enters and leaves the room, switching lights on and off accordingly, or turning off when motion is no longer detected. These mean that lighting is only activated when required.
As well as motion, your voice or the touch of one button can also control all the lighting in your home. No need to travel from room-to-room switching off individual lights.
Sustainability has huge relevance in the residential market which is only becoming more and more prevalent. When designing or adapting homes, smart home technology can have a large impact on efficiency levels and therefore the environment. In essence, it saves significant amounts of money in energy bills while reducing our carbon impact in the process – what’s not to like?
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