Stay Green, Save Money With Smart Thermostat Automation

Stay Green, Save Money With Smart Thermostat Automation

Written By

Anabelle Bernard Fournier

Did you know that a smart thermostat can make a big difference in your carbon footprint? How about smart lighting controls? In today’s smart home, temperature and lighting are two of the areas where home automation technology can help most.

Understanding how your smart controls work can reduce your energy usage and costs throughout the year. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure comfort, safety and savings.

1. Learn how to use your smart controls

To get the most out of your smart thermostat and lighting controls, learn how to use them properly. The controls are generally straightforward and intuitive, but read the entire manual to learn any tips and tricks you wouldn’t have known otherwise.

Discover how to program a daily temperature and lighting routine that changes with the seasons. Connect your motion sensors to your lighting controls so you can investigate any unexpected movement. Teach yourself how to use mobile apps to control your home remotely and change your lighting and temperature schedule should your plans shift unexpectedly.

Indulge in your nerdy side, and make sure you learn everything you can about your smart controls.

2. Evaluate your daily routine

Smart controls operate based on your daily routine, providing heat, cooling and light when you need them, but remaining off when you don’t. We often don’t spend much time thinking about our routines, but before you start programming your smart thermostat and lighting controls, take a week to note the daily comings and goings of your family. When does the last person leave the house? Who’s the first to come home after school or work, and at what time? What do you typically do on weekends?

Noting your family’s routine will let you program your smart controls more effectively. You can always make adjustments on the go if your schedule changes.

3. Think green

As you tweak your smart thermostat and lighting settings, keep an eye on your power usage. Hopefully, you’ll notice a decrease in your power bill, especially if you live in an area with cold winters.

You don’t need to keep the heat on while the house is empty or while your family sleeps. Additionally, only program your outdoor lights to turn on when it gets too dark to see during the colder months, and use motion and temperature sensors to trigger controls for unexpected events such as a sudden heat wave or a possible intruder in your backyard. That way, you don’t need to waste energy for possible events; only the event itself triggers a response.

4. Keep your home safe

Another benefit of home automation is that it keeps you safer. Using motion sensors to trigger lights or alarms based on unexpected movement or entry in your home is a great way to use your smart home technology. And of course, keeping your system secure by changing passwords often and checking your access logs also ensures your family’s safety.

If you know how to use your home automation technology to its full capabilities, smart thermostats and lighting controls can go from practical to game-changing.

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