A trend that is becoming more popular is automating your home so anything electrical will use energy more efficiently. Not only does this apply to the amount of energy the appliances use but what time of day they run. Sometimes depending on your provider running your washing machine or dishwasher during the peak midday hours will give you a higher electric bill because the rates can be higher during these peak hours.
What Is Home Automation?
The term "home automation" simply means wiring all the electronic aspects of your home in such a way as they can communicate with each other and can be programmed to use energy at certain times of the day. This automation process can be used on individual components of your home, such as new appliances as they are purchased, or an network network can be installed. Imagine having your computer linked in to your home automaton / security system so you receive a notification and view a webcam image of any suspect events happening in or around your home.
Examples of Home Automation
One of the most common examples of home automation is the programmable thermostats. Setting the heat to start before you come home from work has two benefits: the heat will not run while the house is empty, so saving you money, yet the temperature can be comfortable by the time you get home from work. The same holds true for the air conditioning.
The ability to close your window blinds automatically can provide privacy and safety as well as being energy efficient. For instance, they can be programmed to close at dusk so you have automatic privacy when you arrive home from work. They can also be programmed to close when you leave the house and set the security…[ad_2]
Sourced from by Oliver J Lewis