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Smart on the wallet too!

 

Technology has grown exponentially over the past decade with refinements and innovations improving our quality of living with increasing momentum. With that said a constant goal for most morally engaged tech companies is to provide products which allow the user to live better for less money, the advancements in home automation do just that. Progression in automation technology has allowed for better conservation of not just lighting but numerous systems in your home which demand some sort of energy cost . Home Automation allows for far more intelligent use of your equipment making sure you only use what you need when you need it validating the very concept of living in a smart home should be smart on your wallet too.

 

Saving Money On lighting.

 

There are a handful of ways to save money on lighting you could perhaps keep it as simple as purchasing energy saving bulbs but not all modern house holds have use for these type of bulbs so a better option may be installing dimmers or simply turning your lights off. These are all great ideas to start with and owning a home automation system can allow you to take this a step further by allowing people to control when lights are on plus control the power to the dimmers from the comfort of your smart phone! These automated home systems can make sure that lights are powered off when no one is home and if lights are left on at night to do the same thing.

 

So obviously controlling lights to maximise efficiency has a direct correlation with overall savings on bills. Let us provide you with an example demonstrating some average numbers so you can get an idea of the difference you can expect to make . Assuming a conservative 6 pence per kilowatt hour charge for electricity , a 100 watt bulb that is on 10 hours a day will cost 6 pence a day to run.

 

If this light is a on a dimmer switch , it could run at peak power for 3 hours a day and run at 60% during the rest of the time . Home automation dimmers can reduce the intensity during non-peak hours. Over the course of a year that single light cost would be cut by £15.32 . Since most people use far more than one single light, assuming that there is a an average of 10 lights would result in an annual saving of £153.20 which is pretty incredible to save over the course of the year with such little effort involved.

 

Heating and Cooling savings

 

Devices that are widely considered to be very power intensive are heating and cooling equipment. This category covers products such as your boiler and your air conditioning which can be very demanding in terms of electrical use. In reality none of these systems should or need to be running when no one is at home or in the office or at the very least kept at minimal standards to reduce the amount of power being drained.

 

Again the same situation as is with the lights these systems we imagine as the bill payer it might be important for you to restrict the usage of others in the house hold who do not have to deal with the financial consequences of over use of these items. Instead water and heating devices can be set to automate use during the times where they are needed such as in the mornings for showers and no more.

 

Keep in mind that products such as boilers and air conditioning like all mechanical devices are prone to wear and tear, the more you use them the more you reduce their life span so as a often neglected secondary benefit you will find that you are able to keep these systems in a fully functional state for a much longer amount of time due to the benefits that installing A home automation system provides saving money on repairs and replacement costs by minimising actual use of equipment.

 

Conor Quigley - Co Founder of Future Homes- Part time sports hero, full time father of 2 and always happy to be on dry land

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