Home automation technology owes a lot of what it is today to its home security predecessor. Thanks to engineers and designers coming up with electronic devices for monitoring residential buildings for burglary and fire, the door has been opened to automating those residences. The door is open far enough that home automation appears ready to stand on its own.
People are now beginning to embrace the idea of home automation without necessarily looking at home security. It is not the norm, but it does happen. And driving this new interest in home automation is energy consumption. People are looking at automation technologies as a way to spend less money on energy.
We Are Spending a Lot
The first programmable thermostats brought to market more than two decades ago were marketed under the banner of reducing how much energy is consumed by heating and cooling. Those early marketers were onto something. The fact that heating and cooling is the biggest consumer of power resources was as true back then as it is today.
According to Home Toys magazine, as much as 40% of the energy consumed in the typical American home goes to heating and cooling. That is a lot of energy. For every $100 the typical homeowner spends on energy, $40 is going to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Home automation can help reduce energy consumption in a number of different ways, which are listed below. When combined with lighting control and things such as window shades and appliances, the efficiency afforded by home automation can end up saving homeowners quite a bit. Furthermore, homeowners know this. This is why they are turning to home animation in ever-increasing numbers.
Automated Heating and Cooling
Uxari is a Florida-based home automation and security company offering wireless packages and affordable monthly payments plans for most budgets. They offer, among other things, a smart thermostat capable of learning a homeowner's lifestyle choices and adjusting accordingly. This thermostat can be programmed according to the season, time of day, or a particular schedule. It can even interact with other automated devices to account for potential changes in the regular routine.
Automated heating and cooling reduce energy consumption by:
• adjusting heating and cooling when no one is home
• automatically adjusting based on learned patterns
• giving homeowners remote access to make programming changes
• tying thermostat adjustments to geolocation technologies.
The fourth item in the above list is one of the most exciting new developments in automated heating and cooling. A Uxari smart thermostat can communicate with a home automation system central hub which, in turn, is keeping track of the homeowner by communicating with that person's smartphone.
When the homeowner moves outside of a predetermined geographic area, the thermostat automatically adjusts to save energy. It will go back to its normal programming when the homeowner re-enters the geographic area. Having this kind of capability makes it possible to program a thermostat once and truly forget about it.
Conserving Energy for the Future
It is no accident that home automation technologies focused on energy conservation are increasingly popular among younger adults. Now more than ever, the younger generation is concerned about energy conservation and environmentalism. Combined with their acceptance of technology, that natural desire to save energy makes the younger generation the perfect audience for home automation.
Today's home automation is teaching us new ways to save energy. More importantly, saving energy now represents conserving it for the future. Home automation will continue playing an important role in doing just that, by helping homeowners make their properties as efficient as possible. That's a good thing.
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