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How Automation Can Help You Reduce Your Energy Bills At Home

by Dawn Henry

There are many different ways to reduce your energy consumption at home, but have you thought of using technology? Making your home smart helps you detect appliances that use a lot of energy and reduce your overall energy consumption. Home automation does this by helping you with the following:

Power Monitoring

The first step in managing your energy bills is to understand how much power you are using every month. It's not just enough to look at your energy bill; the round figure won't help you much. You need to look at each critical electrical appliance and determine how much power each is using.

Examples of heavy-duty energy consumers in the home include dryers, air conditioners, and washers. You need to know not only how much energy they consume, but also when they consume the electricity. That way you can work on reducing energy consumptions for the heavy users, for example, by running them during off-peak hours.

The easiest way to do this is to install an energy monitor. Available in different brands and configurations, they will help you to track how much electricity each appliance is using. Some of them can even be connected to the internet for real-time monitoring.

Complete Power Cut-Off

You have probably heard that one of the best ways to reduce energy consumption is to turn off electrical appliances that aren't in use. This is good advice, but its execution is usually wanting. Merely switching off an electrical appliance may not cancel its consumption; most appliances still draw some current in the "off" mode. If you have multiple appliances turned off, considerable "phantom" power usage can add up.

Luckily, you can easily manage this by installing a device that cuts off the power completely. This smart installation detects when you have switched off an appliance and ensures that it is not draining any more current.

Lighting Management

Apart from big appliances such as washers and dryers, lighting fixtures also tend to consume considerable energy at home. This is partly because a typical home has numerous lighting points, and most people forget to switch them off.

Fortunately, you can make automated lighting management part of your home. There are systems that detect when it is dark or light and turn on or off the power as needed. There are also systems that detect occupied rooms and switch on the lights while remaining off for unoccupied rooms.

Which of these smart home features would you want for your home? Talk to an electrician at Lowry Services: Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today to help you come up with the best combination for your place.