Smart Tech & The Environment
At UpSmart Tech, we know that the smart home can make a big difference to the lifestyles of people who have invested in smart technology. There are all sorts of benefits to smart devices that make life easier and add value to the home environment. That said, smart devices also need to do their bit for the wider environment.
In this regard, using them to help save power makes a great deal of environmental sense. Of course, for householders, saving power is not just about lowering their carbon footprint but preserving their bank balance too! After all, reducing your electrical consumption will also mean lowering your expenditure on utilities. Read on to find out how today’s generation of smart devices will help to save power.
Smart Metering and Monitoring
One of the most common uses of smart technology in the home is to monitor the electrical consumption of the entire building with a smart meter. These devices can show you the electrical usage your home is drawing from the mains supply as it occurs, helping you to work out which appliances consume the most energy.
You might find it helps you to figure out when to use certain appliances at night when they are cheaper to run, such as your washing machine, for example. However, smart meters can only do so much. In a truly smart home, you will be able to plug each of your appliances into their own smart plug or smart socket. With the right software, such as eWeLink, you will then be able to review the consumption of individual products.
You can also easily program these smart devices to inform your phone or tablet when a particular level of power consumption has been reached. This way, you could decide to turn off a device that otherwise might have been left to run.
Automated Power Controls
One of the problems people have with too much power consumption is that appliances are left on or in their stand-by mode. With a smart home correctly set up, you will be able to turn your lights on and off, for example, even when you are not around. You might also have a temperature monitor that alerts you when the heating ought to come on or turn off which you can adjust remotely.
The same might go for your air-conditioning system. Why trust in its thermostatic controller when you can operate it yourself even when you are out and about, perhaps only telling it to come on and cool your house when you are heading home? Automating your power consumption might also involve turning your exterior lights off when you have arrived home and will no longer need them. The possibilities with these solutions are virtually limitless.
Remove Legacy Appliances
Although most electrical products come with a power consumption rating these days, these only give an indication of what you can expect. Performance varies with location, age and a raft of other factors. Only by monitoring your appliances with a suitable smart system will you be able to tell which of your old appliances is still performing well and which is reaching the end of its serviceable life and needs to be replaced.
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