Energy Wastage and Need to Control Energy Loss
Every year any average household spends thousands in the form of energy bills. These energy bills are incurred for the consumption of energy or electricity that is used for various purposes. Energy is used for heating water, use of HVACS to keep homes warm during winter, use of air conditioners to keep houses cool during the humid and hot summers, use of lights, fans and other home devices like television, ovens, refrigerators, and other big and small appliances.
A lot of the energy that is used for households also gets wasted. Your homes may be bleeding energy and you may just not know it. You often leave rooms without turning off lights or fans. Sometimes you may forget to turn off thermostats or air conditioners or water heaters for long hours. You may leave for the day without checking all the rooms and somewhere some device or appliance may be left running. You may try to change your habits and learn to be more cautious about wasting energy. But it is easier said than done. You may have often wished in the past for something that would help to cut down those soaring energy bills, some kind of magic that would help close down all the devices and appliances running your house when you leave for the day. Little did you know that there would come a day when your homes would get automated and you would have complete control over all devices? A single voice command or a click on your smartphone could close down all devices or appliances even when you are not at home. This is what Smart Homes have achieved for us.
Smart homes are there not only to make your lives smarter, more convenient and safer but also help in saving energy and money. An average household could reduce its current energy bills by almost a third by switching over to energy-efficient lighting, appliances and equipments.
How can Smart Homes Help to Control Energy Costs?
• You can use your home assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Home to create a daily schedule for all your devices. It will set a time when appliances will turn on and turn off to prevent wastages. For example, you can schedule your dishwasher to operate while you are away or schedule your window shades to open and close at certain times of the day. Making routines for your appliances means that you will not forget about turning them off and they will switch off by themselves.
• You can also schedule your appliances to operate during non-peak hours. Peak hours create increased demands for energy and you pay higher consumption charges. With smart homes, you can schedule your washing machine, dishwasher, dryers to operate at different hours during the day. You need not be around to operate them as they are all automated. So they can run at times of the day when energy demands are low.
• There are many devices in your house that consume energy even when they are not actively in use. Satellite boxes, standby coffee makers, gaming consoles and computers are some them. You can use automatic power-down modes that will help prevent energy drain when not in use.
• To save energy it is important to analyze your home’s energy usage. It is important to understand which device or appliance consumes the most energy. This can be done with the help of home-connected apps that monitor and analyze energy consumption.
• Not all homeowners can afford to or find benefits in upgrading all their devices and appliances to smart appliances. For them, the best solution would be smart plugs which can convert most devices into a smart device. These can also be controlled from your smartphones or home assistants. They help to switch on and switch off devices and also monitor energy consumption.
Smart Devices that Help to Save Energy
HVAC systems consume a lot of energy to keep your homes warm during the harsh winter months. Smart thermostats help to adjust temperatures automatically thereby reducing energy wastages. There is also the provision of controlling them remotely when you are not at home.
You have energy-efficient window shades that offer insulation and prevent heat loss during winter and heat gain during summers. This means that your thermostats and air conditioners do not have to use more energy to keep your homes cool or warm. The smart shades can be remotely controlled. So even if you are not at home and you need to prevent heat loss during the day time you can lower the shades with the help of an app or set voice commands on your home assistants.
The best part of smart lighting is that you no longer need to remember to turn off lights when you leave a room or the house for the day. You can use your app on your smartphone to switch off all the lights automatically without you having to run around. You can schedule your lights to switch on and switch off at particular times of the day preventing energy wastages.
You have smart appliances operating in your house that are energy-efficient, do not leak energy and can be controlled remotely irrespective of where you are. You can also set commands on your home assistants to switch them on and off at different times so that they do not keep running forever, waiting for you to come back home. Some kitchen appliances even when not active in use have displays that consume power. Smart tech has the ability to send them to power-saving modes and hence save energy.
Every day we are adding new devices to our houses that are consuming large amounts of energy. Sometimes we do not realize how energy gets wasted in our homes leading to unwanted energy loss. Technology has now placed at our disposal ways to check this energy loss and monitor how much we are consuming every day. It is now up to us whether we use these to conserve precious energy or remain indifferent.