Can Smart Devices Lower Your Electric Bill?
As technology improves, there are more opportunities than ever to streamline and simplify your home life. With smart home devices, you can now automate many of the routine processes that go along with home ownership. But is the convenience of a smart home enough? Can these devices help you go the extra mile and save valuable money on your electric bill? Here’s a closer look at what smart devices can do to your energy usage.
Take Control of Heating and Cooling
The most impactful way you can save on your bills with smart home devices is through the installation of a smart thermostat. Not only can you access your thermostat remotely with a smartphone or tablet, but advanced models can also “learn” your heating/cooling preferences, adjust for outdoor temperature and humidity, and even deliver energy usage reports that break down exactly when and where your electricity usage is highest. The results are difficult to dispute — Nest Labs, known for their thermostats and many other smart home products, released a study showing that a learning thermostat saved users 10 to 12 percent on heating costs and 15 percent on cooling costs.
Other Ways to Save
With heating and cooling accounting for the majority of your electricity usage, lighting comes in at second place. Lights left on for hours at a time might go ignored until you open your utility bill and start wondering why your charges are higher than expected. If you suspect that lighting is an area where you’re spending too much, smart sensors can be a relatively quick fix. Occupancy sensors on the market today can tell when a room is truly empty and automatically shut off lights.
Smart power strips can also do heavier lifting than their traditional counterparts. When certain electronic devices are plugged in, they continue to draw power even when turned off, costing the average homeowner about $200 per year. Smart power strips let you schedule cutoff times for any device charging on them so they don’t act as “energy vampires” throughout the day. Some models even use the same proximity sensor technology as smart lighting, deactivating when a room is unoccupied.
Before You Switch to Smart
The financial benefits of smart home devices are real, but homeowners should keep initial costs in mind. Home Advisor’s current average for automation installation in Texas is $1,164, with some installations costing upwards of $2,400. Each case is different, and you’ll have to weigh the options based on your circumstances. If you’re curious about smart home upgrades or other ways to increase efficiency and cut electrical bills, contact Bryant Electric Service today. We’re proud to serve San Antonio and the greater Bexar County area, 100% satisfaction guaranteed.