By: Kyle Malabanan
Have you ever experienced your electric bills dominating your monthly house bills because of high electricity consumption? While outrageously high electricity bills may be caused by price increases or constructions in the house. But there are also lifestyle practices and habits that are driving our consumption up.
These can be things as simple as forgetting to turn off televisions or computers when not in use and leaving the lights on before sleeping, among other things. It all results in wasted energy and higher costs.
Being aware of these habits and making an effort to change can help you save energy and eventually money. Luckily, homeowners nowadays have the option of switching to innovative technology for them to save not just energy and money but also time.
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Smart technology in homes
Most of us have already seen what smart homes can do in movies and TV. But did you know that you can make use of this technology to save electricity?
Smart technology gives you the option to monitor and control your electricity consumption. An energy-saving integrated smart home system could have unique features like allowing you to automatically turn off appliances when not in use.
What’s even more exciting is that energy-saving technologies can be monitored using our smartphones—your home control in the palm of your hands.
Helpful energy-saving tips for your smart home
As a smart homeowner, you can take control of your appliances using smartphone apps. This gives you a lot more ways to conserve and save energy at home. Here are some of the best and helpful energy-saving tips and strategies that you can use and start practicing today.
Set Smart-Assistant Routine
Google Assistant and Alexa smart-home assistants enable you to create your routines for your smart-home and for each appliance and when to turn them on and off. For example, you can set your smart coffee maker to brew coffee at 6:00 AM every morning so that your coffee is already prepared the moment you get out of bed.
If your washing machine is connected to your smart home system, you can also schedule your laundry to minimize consumption. The same goes with ironing your clothes too. You do not only save electricity, but also your time and effort.
Think of your other routines that you can improve with smart technology so that you don’t have to worry about leaving your appliances on to incur energy costs when they are not in use. The good thing about the current smart technology is that it can be optimized.
All your phone has to do is track your habits and make suggestions based on your previous activities. Like the screen time warning on your phone, other smart home devices can also now signal when you are supposed to turn it off or set it to low.
Set an “All Off” Command
Aside from energy efficiency, smart home gadgets also promote your personal efficiency. Imagine you are leaving your house in a hurry. As you get in your car and drive to work, you think about your room light and wonder if you have turned it off. Now you are also thinking about your door and if you have locked it.
Instead of going back and individually checking everything at home, the best smart home devices will just send their individual status to you on the go. This way, you can see all the connected smart devices and whether they are turned on or off.
If you find yourself turning off a set of smart lights or appliances regularly, you can group them together to switch off when you go out. There are many ways to activate a customized “all off” household feature.
This can be triggered by your security system, motion sensors, or simply closing your front door. This all-off command is also another approach to efficient energy usage that can prevent you from wasting energy and ultimately save money.
With these smart features, you can have peace of mind and leave home knowing no energy has been wasted for an extended period.
Power downs for appliances
When you are at home, you will need to use some lights in the house, but not all of them at the same time. In other cases, you may even want to change your home’s light settings depending on your activities.
While these appliances remain plugged and waiting to be used, they still consume energy. Plugged in stand-by fans, satellite boxes, televisions, extension cords, and other remote-controlled appliances that are being operated using remote control consume power when not in use. Removing these appliances individually may also seem like too much work.
With smart plugs, you can turn on the automatic power-down modes and increase your energy savings.
Monitor your energy consumption
To map out how to set the rest of your smart home controls, you also need to know and observe how your appliances or devices consume energy. Saving energy is more doable if you know where to adjust. Having smart home products is not a full solution, but a means for you to save energy.
Upgrading to Energy-Efficient Appliances
Some old models of appliances or devices consume a large amount of energy. If you still have these items at home, you may think about investing in better and new energy-saving appliances or devices. They may cost you some money now, but you will also save big in the future.
You can replace your old appliances with the latest and more efficient ones. Here are some replacements for high-consuming appliances at home that you may want to check:
- Smart Refrigerators
One of the appliances that consume a lot of energy is our refrigerators at home. Fortunately, there are already energy-efficient smart refrigerators out in the market. These kinds of refrigerators scan the internal temperatures and adjust the thermostat accordingly. To add, these refrigerator models use less energy, saving up to 10% compared to a model manufactured or made ten years ago.
- Smart Air Conditioners
Imagine you are coming home from work, and you want your air conditioner already on upon entering your home. You also do not like leaving it on an entire day because that is a lot of energy wasted. You wish there was some way to turn your ACs on just moments before you arrive home. With the help of smart home connectivity, you can now do that and more.
Finding the right-sized air conditioner relative to your room space is also important. A unit that is too large will cool the air but will be leaving it moist or wet. On the other hand, a unit that is too small will have to work overtime to maintain the set temperature, which may increase your energy bill. Air conditioner sizing is one of the most important factors to consider to prevent your electricity bill from driving up.
- Smart Bulbs
Unlike traditional bulbs, smart bulbs need only a signal for turning on and off. Some of them have motion sensors that turn on when you enter and off when you leave a room. This way, you do not only save more but also make your life easier.
These are just the tip of the iceberg on the possibilities that smart home technology can bring into your home. To know more about the ways to upgrade your home, check out Camella’s smart-ready house and lot for sale in the Philippines. For your house model options, you may start by browsing our house catalog.