Using Home Automation To Save Money

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It’s the end of the month, the dreaded bills have arrived in the mail, and every time you open them you age a little bit more, with sweating and heart palpitations galore.

Every month you say “Ok, we’ll just cut back on using the dryer this month.” Or “We can just open up the windows for a cool breeze.” Or “We don’t need heating anyway, we can just put on a few sweaters this winter.”

Well all of that will be a thing of the past with the help of your trusty tablet or smartphone.

The process is called “home automation”, and with a few apps you can control your house at the tap of the screen. The idea may seem futuristic and only available to the rich and famous, but nowadays it is cheaper, readily available, and the amount of money you can save will lower that blood pressure each month.

Here are three of the easiest ways to start saving money using home automation.

Light Savings

lamp If you have kids, then you know the frustration of finding ALL the lights on and no one around in sight. It doesn’t matter the number of times you shout “turn off the lights if you’re not using them!” your house will still be lit up like a Christmas tree.

Or, you’ve probably left the house and thought “hang on, did I leave the lights on?”

It’s too late to go back, and there’s no way to find out until you get home (to find out, yes, yes you did leave them on, and the coffee machine, too.).

Well, with an automation system, you don’t have to deal with all of that needless stress. Sensors in each room will monitor any movement, meaning when you leave the room the little minions will turn off any appliance, television and lights that are left on when you left the house.

With some systems, you can even control those appliances with just your smartphone from anywhere in the world. Soon you’ll be enjoying the luxury of turning on the lights just before you get home, without any stumbling around in the darkness and stepping on the cat’s tail, which will cause you much more pain than any electricity bill.

Temperature Control

old-thermostatMost heating and air conditioning units are expensive to run and difficult to control. Inefficiency, is an understatement here, they practically burn money.

As you read this, somewhere in your house you are likely wasting energy to heat a room that goes largely unused. Home automation allows you to remotely control your thermostats and air conditioners around the house.

Even when you’re away, you can turn them off, and just before you get home you can turn them back on again and your house will be at a comfortable temperature as soon as you enter. With some apps you can even preset these to function at a time that you desire, great for anyone that has a fixed schedule.

Just by doing this and letting technology work for you, you stand to save a lot of money each month.

Beefing Up The Security

Not only can you use home automation for saving money on energy, but you can also help keep your home safe from intruders.

All of the examples above can be used to deter any wrong doers, so turning on and off the lights isn’t just for when you’re forgetful when you go to work, they can be also used to recreate the party scene from Home Alone to stop your local Wet Bandits from breaking into your home.

And it’s not just petty larceny that these apps can prevent; house fires will no longer be a worry, either. When you leave a room, the motion sensors will turn off any curling irons, space heaters and anything that can cause a fire risk.

Furthermore, you can even automate the locks and garage doors in your house, so you don’t have to worry when driving to work if you’ve left the house wide open. Again.

Conclusion

So, on top of saving you on energy and electricity costs, these innovative home automation tricks will reduce your household insurance costs as well. So, maybe you’ll even be weirdly excited to see your bills at the end of each month, and your cat will be happy to see you as much as a cat is capable.

photo credit via flickr creative commons: midnight C., Scott S.

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