Using Home Technology to Save Money on Utility Bills

It might sound counterintuitive to think of technology as something that can save money on your utility costs. Technology is certainly wonderful and there are many ways to integrate it into your home for convenience and entertainment, however, it takes power to use utilities such as lighting, air conditioning, heat and more. The key to conserving energy no matter how many sub-systems you have is a home automation system. Automation not only makes life easier, it can actually save money on the myriad of costs associated with owning a home. Automation systems can cut utility costs in several ways such as timing when lights come on and off. You can trigger specific functions with a single button press on a control device or when something specific happens, such as a door opening. For instance, when the garage door closes, lights in the house automatically turn off. Automating all your sub-systems to ensure they are only on when being used will significantly cut your utility costs, far more than you might realize. Following are the most common systems to automate; however, if it’s electrical it can be integrated. Lighting Turn lights on and off at specific times of the day, such as sunrise and sunset. You can also have multiple timed events. For instance, your outside lights can go on and off around the movements of the sun, while your inside lights are programmed individually for different times of the day, even in specific parts of the house. Just program them to fit your habits, preventing lights from burning electricity all day and night. The installation of motion sensors detects...