The Freshest Ideas in Home Energy Management
Go green and control heat this summer with Control4!
If one of your resolutions for the year was becoming more mindful of your environment and resources, it’s never too late to start. As the weather gets warmer, it’s even more vital that you control your energy expenditure. We’ll explore some of the tips to stay cool while conserving vital resources.
Let’s look a little more closely at some of the top home energy management trends that affect your Palm Harbor, FL, home. With a little assistance from AV Specialist and leading technology from Control4, you can implement these tips as summer approaches.
New Window Treatments
Motorized window treatments can help you conserve in two ways: They save energy by automatically adjusting throughout the day to let in natural light, which, in turn, lowers your energy expenditure costs. In this way, motorized window treatments help the environment while saving you money.
Even better, automated window treatments trap heat outside so that your HVAC system doesn’t have to work in overdrive. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, shades can reduce heat loss by at least 40%. We primarily use industry-leading shade software from QMotion when installing smart shades.
Smart, LED Lighting
LED bulbs, the most common bulbs used for smart lighting, use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. You can save even further by automating your home’s lighting.
Through light-sensing technology that detects the amount of sunlight available in the room, to lights that you can power down remotely, you can drop your energy spend incrementally as you develop your smart home. Even something as simple as a dimmer can decrease costs by up to 30 percent, according to a recent study. We recommend Control4’s lighting management programs which respond to voice commands for complete convenience.
It almost goes without saying that controlling your home’s HVAC can make a huge difference in the amount of energy you save, especially in summer months. For example, if you’re HVAC is still blasting cool air at full volume, it makes sense that lowering it can also decrease your carbon footprint. Your HVAC also responds to other energy-smart technologies in your home, such as the aforementioned motorized shades, to consume less energy, so implementing both yields the greatest overall savings.
If you’re at home, manage your HVAC anywhere in the house via touchpads, or remotely from your phone and a Control4 app. Take a look at the video below to see how easy it is to operate your smart HVAC system!
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If you prefer, we can even help you program a setting in Control4 that lowers the shades, lights and HVAC simultaneously so that you don’t even have to think about your expenditures while you’re away. You can set an “away” scene that allows you to essentially turn off your whole smart home right before you leave, giving you peace of mind that you’re keeping your energy expenditures low while you’re gone.
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