Smart Energy Solutions For The Holidays
As the summer turns to fall in southern California, demand changes in our household energy usage. The Santa Ana winds may actually invoke our AC usage more to avoid opening up windows to the smoky air.
We may also start selectively using the heat a little.
Soon, however, we’ll use it more frequently and then winter will be here. Which means we’ll want to increase the control the temperature now and often times while we’re away.
Previous blogs have discussed that we can do this with an easy “tap” on the iPhone or tablet, but now you can do it with with voice commands. So you can close up the house before you go to work and make adjustments later throughout the day.
This saves energy and gets you to work on time.
It’s also getting darker earlier so we may use our lights more.
The data indicates that a well lit home is the best way to protect your home from burglary and now that starts earlier in the evening.
In addition to switching to LED lights to reduce energy consumption, having lights programmed to turn on at sunset is both a practical and safe way to protect your home and conserve energy.
This can apply to indoor lights also. You can have certain ones turn on automatically in the evening and off when you normally go to bed. Or combined with a smart lock, you canprogram the kitchen lights to automatically when someone comes home after dark .
Of course, all these lights can be controlled from the App or with voice commands through Alexa. All very reliable and simple to use.
The use of home automation technology is both smart and fun. It can seem scary or expensive but the truth is that it’s quite common and safe with security measures built right into the devices.
Programing and controlling things is easy and we are now interacting with our home in new and different ways than the conventional physical controls (e.g., the physical light switches or the thermostat on the wall). They are still there for us to use but may not be the primary way we control things.
It saves energy which is both good for the environment as well as our household expenses.
Great ways to live smart.