The term “eco-friendly” is often used to describe living in a smart home. The use of smart technology and eco-friendly building materials in smart homes help to reduce energy use, ultimately reducing the owner’s carbon footprint.
Thankfully, Smart Home Construction is making these amazing homes affordable for families in Cameron County. If you are an eco-conscious home buyer interested in how a smart home can help to protect the environment, then consider the following.
Saving the Planet One Home at a Time
Here are 4 environmental benefits of owning a smart home:
1. Automation means less energy used.
Home management systems, time switches, and automated appliances mean you can save on electricity, detect waste and leaks, and either schedule or manually turn off/on appliances via remote devices.
Smart home technology can provide you with electronic alerts that can help you better understand the impact you are having on the environment while helping you to make the necessary changes to reduce waste. Stop wasting energy (and money) to keep the TV, game system, computer, and other devices running if no one is home.
2. Less energy wasted to heat and cool your home.
Traditional heating and cooling systems take a huge toll on our environment. This is especially true when we are cooling or heating our houses when no one is even home.
Smart homes can help to reduce the amount of energy you use running the heating and cooling in your home through programmable thermostats and other smart home devices. Program your AC to turn on only when someone is home. Forgot that you left the heat on? Shut it off remotely at the tap of a button your smartphone.
Make a real difference with a smart home.
3. Go green and save water.
It’s absolutely natural that homeowners want their yards to look gorgeous (especially when your smart home is so beautiful). But daily watering can really be a waste of natural resources. Smart home sprinklers can be programmed so that you are only using a reasonable amount of water and only on certain days of the week.
You can even connect the schedule to local weather forecasts so that you aren’t watering the grass if it’s going to rain.
Every little step counts and reducing your water usage is a big step towards going green.
4. Smart lights are an excellent choice for the smart home buyer.
LED lights are an excellent choice for the smart homeowner looking to reduce their energy consumption. According to a CNBC article, light emitting diode (LED) bulbs can use 25 to 30 percent less energy than incandescent lights and last 25 times longer — which means big savings for you and a major drop in your carbon footprint.
While they are slightly more expensive upfront, these bulbs, and others like it (such as compact fluorescent lights or CFLs), pay for themselves in saved energy and replacement costs.
If these environmental benefits weren’t enticing enough, 45% of Americans say that smart home products save them an average of $98.30 per month, which ends up at around $1,179 a year.