Energy Saving Through Smart Home Systems

With society becoming more aware of the issues surrounding climate change and the environment, more and more homeowners are looking into their own practices and way of life to determine how they use their energy. Clean energy sources are more accessible within today’s era and with smart home appliances, it is just so easy to have complete control over the way our homes are functioning. 

Clean Energy & Smart Homes

Renewable energy refers to any energy sources that generate less pollution, therefore being cleaner and safer for the environment. Examples of renewable energy include hydroelectricity via turbines, wind turbines, solar energy, marine energy and geothermal heating or electricity to name a few.

Currently within NZ, Solar power is the most common and most accessible way to incorporate renewable energy into the home. With the introduction of smart home systems, the options to save energy are becoming easier for households, which is assisting New Zealand in becoming a cleaner and sustainable country. 

Smart homes have the ability to combine solar and storage energy to enhance the way energy is used. The communication ability within smart home systems allows multiple devices to connect, providing key data points which allows the user to measure, control and manage energy consumption. Smart home systems are designed to understand how a home functions, using elements such as load shedding, shaping energy use, controlling the energy output during on-peak and off-peak times as well as coordinating regular power from the utility-managed electrical grid with alternative energy sources (such as solar power). Furthermore, new energy-driven features can incorporate intelligent energy storage and usage with back-up batteries and fail-safe options. 

Energy Consumption

When energy is incorporated with smart home systems, energy becomes a feature which can be accessed and controlled via a central platform. 

The average home uses a significant amount of energy through home appliances, electricity, heating and cooling and lighting. In order to manage the consumption of energy, smart homes can use automatic sensor lights and blights, temperature sensors as well as timers all whilst managing the usage of each main appliance, sending useful data to the homeowner. The homeowner can use such valuable data to make changes where possible to reduce the amount of energy used as well as schedule the use times (to ensure they are used during off peak times) or to use them during the day where the solar energy can be used (if the home uses solar energy). 

With options of power conservation modes as well as energy monitoring and management (including power, water, gas and solar energy optimisation), it becomes quite easy for homeowners to have total control. The smart system collects data over time to suggest long-term improvements which can be made that will not only save you those valuable dollars, but it will also be beneficial to the environment and climate. With climate change becoming a serious issue, energy automation is an ideal way to ensure that you are doing all that you can do in the ways of managing and reducing your homes energy consumption. 

Future of Smart Home Systems

With advancements in sensor technology, automation and machine learnings, smart home systems are able to essentially control all aspects of a fully functioning home, all from the press of a button. Whilst a smart home system is incredibly beneficial for the environment and the community, the cost savings aspect cannot be denied. The system is able to use software to ensure that home is maximising its energy consumption, drawing less power from the grid and thus seeing a decrease in its power bills. Furthermore, if a home has solar panels installed, each homeowner has the opportunity to be paid for the amount of energy that they generate that is sent back into the central grid. 

The future can see more and more homes installing clean energy sources and using smart home systems to achieve complete control over the way they use energy within their homes. 

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