How to use tech to decrease your carbon footprint.

Waste not, want not – This is the slogan for the present and coming generations. If we’re going to keep our current lifestyles sustainable in the long run, then we have to conserve energy – and other resources – most stringently. 

Naturally, this is all easier said than done. Round-the-clock blinking red lights; the lights and TV left on in empty rooms; the extra warm heating – all these lifestyle habits are not easy to change. But with smart home technology, you can now automate your home to remember to switch off and save – so that you don’t have to. Here are some ways in which smart home devices save energy.

Analyse your energy consumption.

The first step to reducing energy consumption is to understand how much power you are using and where it is going. Smart home energy apps can be used to monitor and analyse energy use, giving you a clear picture of which devices are consuming the most electricity.

Regulate heating and cooling.

Heating and cooling systems (HVACs) form a sizable chunk of every home’s energy consumption. They are also fairly inefficient and are one of the main things left running by homeowners when they step out for short durations. Using smart home devices like automated thermostats can regulate and adjust the home temperature to ensure maximum savings. 

Smart fans with motion sensors can automatically shut off when people leave the room, and smart shades help conserve energy by ensuring your windows and other exposed areas are covered well.

Eliminate vampire power suck.

You might not use your devices all the time, but they continue to draw powers even on standby mode. This power footprint might not seem much, but when you add 10s of blinking red lights left on 24×7, it amounts to a LOT! Using smart plugs and setting scheduled commands to switch off devices can keep your house super energy efficient and also chip away at your energy bill.

Schedule Device On/Off.

Forgetting to switch off lights or devices can be a significant power drain; imagine leaving a light on an entire night or even worse during a whole holiday! Now many smart devices can help you monitor, control, and automate all your electric appliances and lights. The most basic of these are smart plugs that can be controlled remotely or automated to switch your devices on and off on schedule. Or you can replace some of your old appliances with smart ones which can all be controlled separately – for example, a coffee maker that switches on a specific time every morning. 

There are many simple and affordable ways to save electricity, prevent wastage, and reduce energy bills. To know the options that suit your budget and your home, get in touch with a Mila Professional for a smart home consultation TODAY.