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Homes Go Green Through Automation

Submitted by on Tuesday, 7 August 2012 Loading Add to favourites  One Comment

More and more of us are beginning to understand the impact we have on the environment. Not only are we polluting our atmosphere and natural ecosystems, we are consuming precious natural resources. Because of this, many homeowners are doing what they can to try to lessen their impact on the environment.

One of the ways homeowners are starting to go green is with home automation technology. Here’s how this new technology helps you to be more green at home.

Controlling the Thermostat

When it comes to running a home, one of the most expensive things is utility costs. In recent years, both natural gas and electricity costs have increased dramatically. Therefore, the heating and cooling of your house is one of the biggest factors to consider when it comes to saving money and resources.

By using home automation technology, it is possible to control the thermostat remotely.

From your smartphone or tablet, you can turn the thermostat in your house up or down. If you know that no one is going to be in the house during the day, you can turn the heating or the air conditioning off. When you are nearly home, you can pull out the smartphone again and turn the air conditioner on or the heater back up to a reasonable level.

Control the Lights

Another way that using home automation can help save natural resources is by controlling your lights. With modern technology it is possible to control every light in your house remotely.

Some systems allow you to look at a diagram of your house on the computer or smartphone. When you’ve left the house, you can check the app to see if any lights were left on. If they were, you can turn them off! When you are ready to get home for the day, you can turn on appropriate lights before you get there.

In the past, if you left a light on, it would burn all day long, so utilising the latest technology can help reduce wasted electricity.

Cutting Unnecessary Electricity

Some home automation systems make it possible for you to cut unnecessary electricity usage in your house. For example, you could set the system up to turn off all of the appliances that don’t need to be running during a certain period of the day. Anything that is plug-in can consume electricity even when it is not being used; such as mobile phone chargers. These systems, like the ones found at, have the potential to completely change the way your home operates.

But it’s not only about saving resources; it’s about the safety of your loved ones too. Many of these systems come with security components that, after initial setting up, enable you to see who is in the house when. This allows you not only to exclude intruders but to make sure your kids have got home safely when you’re not there.

What about you? Are you using the latest technology to save energy or do you still go around and turn things on and off manually?


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