Sure, smart houses are cool, but did you know they can also save money? Here are three crucial ways a home automation system can lowers bills.
1. Heating Costs
Heating costs can add up fast. Turning the thermostat down by just 10 degrees for eight hours a day can save up to 15 percent on your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This small change can make a big difference, especially in older, drafty homes.
With a home automation system, you can program your thermostat with multiple settings to regulate the temperature. It can raise the temp just before you wake up, lower it when you leave for work, raise it again before you get home and bring it back down after you settle in for the night. Set your thermostat once and forget it: It’s the easiest way to streamline your routine and save money.
And it’s breeze to handle changes to your schedule. Leaving work early? No problem. Use the app to alert the system when you’re on your way, and the house will be cozy and comfortable when you get there.
2. Energy Costs
The temp in your home isn’t the only thing racking up charges on your energy bill. Your water heater is another culprit. Did you know it’s continually using energy to warm water so you can take a hot shower at any time? Because the appliance is chugging along 24/7, it makes up as much as 18 percent of your utility bill. But why waste energy heating your water when nobody is home to use it?
Home automation devices can help by programming your water heater to lower the temp when you’re out of the house. With features like these, you don’t have to choose between comfort and savings. Your smart home lets you have both.
3. Insurance Costs
Did you leave your doors unlocked? Has a window been opened or broken? Did a water pipe burst? Did the smoke detector go off? Your home automation system can alert you to all of these things by sending you a text or email. Thanks to your smart homes’ ability to help prevent danger and disasters, State Farm and other insurance companies provide discounts on home and property insurance if you install a home automation system.
And this is just the beginning. With home automation, your family can live more comfortably than ever before—while at the same time cutting your energy bills. In other words, your smart home helps you live smarter.