Saving with a smart home
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Smart products can be remotely managed from your phone, programmed to perform certain actions automatically and send alerts about performance issues before they become big problems. Below is some key advice from Energy Star for leveraging smart home devices for energy savings.
The best candidate to save energy in your home is a smart thermostat. These devices off er the ability to monitor and adjust your home’s temperature, even when you are away. More importantly, they can be used to automatically turn down your heating and cooling when it’s not needed.
Smart thermostats with Energy Star certification that verifies energy savings include Nest and EcoBee.
Here are some cool things you can do with these products:
- If your household operates on a typical schedule, adjust your heating and cooling settings accordingly, using a smartphone or tablet app. Or, some products will even learn your schedule on their own!
- If you don’t have pets or plants and are going away for extended periods of time, tell your thermostat to ease way off . Keep your home protected from freezing pipes, but don’t waste energy keeping your furniture’s feet warm. When you’re returning, you can turn the system back on remotely, so the house is comfortable when you arrive.
- Energy Star smart thermostats can be controlled remotely. If you forget to change the thermostat before you leave for vacation, you can adjust it from anywhere with a cellular connection.
- Many smart thermostats can automatically determine when your home is empty and ease off on your heating and cooling system. For instance, they might do so using geofencing (detecting whether mobile devices you identify are nearby). Geofencing also allows your smart thermostat to know when you’re on the way home and automatically adjusts your home’s temperature to your liking.
With a smart light fixture or light bulb, you no longer have to remember to turn off the lights. If you choose smart lighting that has earned the Energy Star, it’s using less energy when it’s on and in standby.
Here are some of the cool things you can do with these products to save energy:
- Take advantage of location-based controls, called geofencing, to automatically turn off your lights based on the location of your smartphone.
- Use smart lights with built-in sensors which turn lights on only when someone is present in a room and keep them off otherwise.
- If you forgot to turn off the lights before you left your house, use your mobile device to turn off any that may be left on.
- Pair with other devices like smart thermostats and security systems for energy-saving away modes that minimize energy use while you are away, operating lights minimally as a security measure.