Home automation systems may be the next big thing when it comes to consumers being more intelligent and environmentally friendly in the home. These wired (or wireless) systems allow homeowners to cut down on their heating and cooling bills, optimise lighting, and even turn off energy-guzzling appliances and devices away from home.
Automated homes mean more control in areas such as security, lighting, fire, temperature control, video and audio, drapery control, pool, sprinklers and appliances – allowing these systems to ‘talk’ to one another and work more efficiently together. This will in turn help your home become more energy
efficient, comfortable, safer and more convenient.
If you’re not sure where to start with your ventures into the world of home automation, one way could be to swap your regular light switches in favour of occupancy sensors. Products such as the Lutron Grafik Eye can tell when a room is occupied, turning lights off and on accordingly – this intelligent way of working is guaranteed to cut down on your energy bills with minimal effort.
Programmable thermostats are a great way to regulate your heating and cooling when you’re away from the house at set times during the day. These work for optimal comfort and reduce energy consumption by only working at times when you’ll be home. This intelligent temperature control system means you can set your heating to come on 20 minutes before you arrive home from work, for instance. Or in winter, perhaps 15 minutes before you get out of bed in the morning.
Newer models, also known as ‘learning thermostats’, can even program themselves depending on your routine, and even offer the option of being able to adjust them remotely online. Some of the latest models even come with built-in occupancy sensors to adjust temperature levels accordingly, and know within 30 minutes that occupants have left a room, before adjusting the temperature accordingly.
Although some of these systems can seem expensive, the money you save in gas and electricity means they could literally pay for themselves in a year’s time. After all, over half of your energy bills are made up of heating and cooling, so home automation systems really can make a big difference to your wallet.
It may sound like something from the future, but whole-house automation systems work by connecting your home electronics (such as security systems, appliances
and devices) via an integrated wireless network. This allows you to control the way your home is run, even remotely via the internet or a mobile phone app. You don’t have to include everything at once, either – starting small with just a couple of appliances and gradually building up to whole-house automation is quite a common thing to do, and that way you can gradually adjust to home automation.
You can buy home automation systems from electrical wholesalers such as Gil-Lec, so if you’re looking to save money and become more energy efficient without having to worry too much about environmental strategies, why not browse their website today?