There’s no doubt about it – a smart home makes life easier. Despite this, one of the first things people ask themselves when considering a smart home is, “How much is this going to cost?”
While it’s true that a smart home typically requires some investment up front, it’s important not to overlook another benefit they provide – home saving.
Take a look at some of the most beneficial ways a smart home can lead to savings:
Help you save on electricity costs
If you’re like most people, at one time or another you’ve been away from home and wondered whether you left your lights on or kept your AC running at full blast. When it happens often, however, the costs can really add up.
Heating and cooling savings
A smart home can help you save on electricity costs by reducing the amount of energy you use while you’re away from home. Homeowners can program smart thermostats to adjust the temperature of their home depending on their schedule.
For example, if you work 8 hours a day, programming your thermostat to a higher (or cooler, depending on season) temperature during the day can lower your heating and cooling costs by up to $180 per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Smart thermostats can also go a step further by learning your temperature schedules and adjusting the temperature in your home accordingly without you needing to do a thing.
Save on your electric bill
You can also reduce electric bill costs with smart home apps that allow you to adjust your lighting while you’re away. You can set up alerts to inform you when lights are left on and turn them off with your smartphone or use smart sensors connected to your home automation system to turn off lights when you leave a room.