The primary purpose of home automation was twofold: to make people’s lives easier, and to help them save money. Now, while smart homes are the logical next step in home automation, they are unfortunately still quite expensive. This seems to go against the ethos of saving money which home automation has. It works out to be the same savings in the end, as smart technology might have a huge outlay earlier on, but it allows for huge savings later on. Different parts of smart technology are expensive, and can have people doubting their abilities to use them, but they can save a lot of money. This article will look at some the ways in which smart technology can save you money.
Something that doesn’t rely on linear motion systems, smart plugs fill a variety of functions. Smart plugs can be used to move into home automation if you aren’t quite sure what you want to do. They can also be used to help you monitor your energy usage, with a view to saving money over time.
Having a smart plug means that you can try out home automation without committing to. It is also a fairly cheap way into smart technology, and one which a number of uses. Being able to use smart plugs means that you can switch up your home automation as and when you want. It means that you can use the home automation to switch your lights or other appliances off, if and when you forget them.
Smart plugs can also monitor energy usage. This is the most obvious way that they save people money. Plugging them into specific equipment shows you how much energy is being used. This will then allow you to decide whether or not it is worth continuing to use it.
One of the most popular forms of smart technology is the smart thermostat. These thermostats and timed thermostats come in a variety of designs, some with remote, some without, but they all help people save money. A smart thermostat is more responsive than the usual type of thermostat, leading to almost instant changes in temperature. This can mean that there is less heat lost over time – which saves money.
Having a remote control means even more control over the heating – people can switch their heating on and off as required. Being away from your home is no barrier to being able to control your heating. Remote controls allow you to set patterns – if you come home early, then you can switch the heating on early. If you come home late, then you can switch the heating off, or delay it turning on. In both cases, you can make your house more comfortable for yourself, and save money on unnecessary energy usage. Smart thermostats can also be used to put your heating into specific patterns, which can be put on or off depending on the weather and other factors.
Security systems are one of the best systems for adapting to smart technology. Smart technology can allow you to control your system remotely, and watch remotely, among other things. It can also expand the way in which people gain access to your property, and how you see outside.
Without smart technology, if workers are coming to your house, that means needing to take time out of your day to meet them and let them in. Smart technology can remove this need, and so save you some income (and a holiday), by allowing you to create keys. Certain systems can be programmed to respond to the homeowner’s presence – normally this is accomplished by mobile devices. What these systems can also do is create temporary keys. These keys will give access for a set amount of time, and then stop working once that time is up. Using these keys therefore allows work to happen, while also allowing homeowners to go to work as normal.
What security systems can also do is allow you link systems together. If you forget to switch the lights off when leaving the house, you can link them to the alarm system. When the alarm is armed, the lights go off. A similar thing can be done with the alarm itself; instead of someone needing to physically set the alarm, it can be set to arm itself when all the doors are locked.
Most home automation was made possible by the advent of the low noise linear actuator, to bring all the advantages of smart technology to the home, with none of the downsides. This article is not concerned with looking at every single device which could save people money. That would be impossible, and so hopefully people will instead be encouraged to look elsewhere for more ideas. Smart technology can do a lot, including save people money in the long run, so it is good to even think about how you could use it, even if you end up not doing so.