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Home Automation - Energy Saving Solutions

Published on 09 May 13

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Home automation has been an ideological concept for years. However, itâs only the start of the 20th century - in particular since the invention of electricity - that itâs been possible.

In our modern age everybody wants to be âgreenerâ and home automation systems allow you to achieve this while scratching your âgadget itchâ. Hereâs a few ways you can automate your home, save energy and save the planet in the process.
Heating, ventilation and AC

There are many solutions available for this part of your home with examples such as controlling the ambient room temperature via the internet. Having the ability to turn the heating up, on cold days, just before you leave work and head home or switch the air conditioning on during warmer spells is a way of keeping comfort levels high and unnecessary heating bills and environmental impacts low.

Other options include remotely operated windows, which can be controlled from your smart phone, allowing for the natural cooling and heating of your home.

One of the more popular automated home energy saving systems is the installation of remote controlled lighting. Illuminating your home and determining the exact ambient level of illumination is a simple way to implement a home automation and energy saving strategy.

Motion detectors are another good option and mean that lights extinguish once each room is vacated and vice versa.

Being able to control the ambient colour of a room via âmood lightingâ is another example. This is achieved by RGB LEDs which consume lower amounts of energy than standard lighting.

If users wish to control natural lighting levels then remote window shades, draperies and awnings will achieve this.
TV and music

Distributing the audio and video source between rooms is a popular choice for home automation. Lighting can then be linked to create a âmoodâ based on the sound emanating from speakers.

If you forget to switch off the appliance then having a remote facility, such as smart phone app, will give you control allowing you to not waste energy by having a device playing to itself.

Timers can also be set ensuring that TVs arenât left on standby.
Green automation

Green automation is a term thatâs been coined when referring to energy management strategies that utilise home automation applications to operate resources at either their lowest prices or highest availability.

Another example of this is using solar panel output, which is increased during the day, to automatically run a washing machine.

Hand in hand

Energy saving techniques and green automation utilisation is both a way to save money on your regular utility bills, do your bit for the environment and future proof your home.

With technology advancing rapidly and the need for a more environmentally aware global population, the aforementioned applications will become ever more common.

Costs for the setup of systems, such as the examples described, are considerably lower than in years past making energy saving home automation systems more applicable than ever to the majority of home owners.
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