Will smart technology make my home more sustainable?
Are smart homes more sustainable?
Smart technology is becoming increasingly popular, with smart thermostats, lighting and doorbells all readily available to consumers. But to some, a fully automated system might seem a bit extravagant. After all, can an all-singing, all-dancing smart home really deliver that much convenience? And won’t it be expensive to operate?
Well, smart technology brings more sustainability than you might think – and that in turn can ease the pressure on your wallet. Let’s take a look at how professional smart home installation can help you save energy and reduce your bills.
Smart thermostats aren’t a new concept – many of us have been using some form of this technology for years. And they’re a great way of helping you to keep track of the energy you’re using. A smart thermostat enables you to control the heating and cooling of your home remotely, meaning you’re not wasting energy on heating your home if nobody’s there. Most come with an app that enables you to, for example, delay when the heating is switched on if you decide to go for post-work drinks or you end up staying in the office late.
More advanced systems can also ensure that only the rooms being used are heated too. So when everyone goes to bed, you can keep the bedrooms at the perfect temperature while ensuring living areas aren’t kept unnecessarily warm.
Do your kids have a habit of leaving lights on after they’ve left a room? Or do you wish you’d installed dimmer switches in your living areas? Then smart lighting could be the perfect solution for you. Not only can your system be accessed remotely, enabling you to turn off any lights that have been left on, it also enables you to save electricity by dimming lights when you’re watching TV in the evening, or while you read before bed. This can help to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint – and save money on energy bills.
Reducing physical waste
Smart devices have exceptional longevity, so once you’ve invested, there’s no need to frequently replace the hardware. Smart bulbs are an exceptionally good example: they’re often made from recycled materials and use far less energy than a standard bulb. Plus, they don’t wear out as quickly, reducing the amount of physical waste that goes into landfill.
Smart home integration
Smart home integration can enable you to control your smart thermostat, lighting, motorised shading and more all with the touch of a single button. You can, for example, set the heating and lighting to come on together at 6am when you get up, or sync the blinds to raise as gentle, uplifting music is played over your audio system to wake you up in a positive way.
With technology such as Control4, the possibilities are endless for creating in-home convenience and a more sustainable way of living. To get a quote and begin reducing your carbon footprint, speak to a smart home specialist in Kent today.