Energy Savings Through Automation for your Kelowna Home
Tips & Advice from your Kelowna Electricians at Greenway Electrical
Home automation is the way of the future. An automated system can turn appliances on or off, adjust operating settings at predetermined times, and can adjust appliance or system operation in response to changes, such as temperature, in the home environment. Installing a home automation system will save you money on your utility bills and lower your carbon footprint – so it’s good for you and the environment. Plus, automated systems will increase your comfort and convenience. Smart thermostats, motion sensors, automated timers – all are examples of home automation technology that can serve to reduce your energy consumption and increase the comfort and convenience you enjoy inside your home. This technology is more affordable than ever and will not require major renovations to your home to install.
Programmable thermostats have been around for more than 30 years, but a new generation of smart thermostats that connect with smartphones and the Internet make programming far easier. Smart thermostats are easy to use and some can even learn your household heating requirements and adjust the temperature accordingly. Multiple thermostats around the home can talk to one another and distribute heat to each room as needed, so as to maximise energy efficiency.
What many people don’t realise when they hear the words home automation is that the most common automated system in use in the home is the one that controls the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). The HVAC can do things such as monitor the air temperature and make adjustments when necessary, thereby reducing the amount of energy the home uses.
There’s also the question of lighting. Turning off lights is an obvious way to reduce our energy consumption, but how many of us leave lights on in unoccupied rooms, or have more lights burning than we realistically require? With automated lighting, you can set the lights to turn on or off at predetermined times, control brightness and even turn off automatically when people leave the room. You could also install an occupancy sensor, so you’ll never have to remember to turn off the lights again. Occupancy sensors can be equipped with passive infrared and photocells which detect movement and will turn off if there is adequate natural light available. Also, if you haven’t done so already, make the switch to LED bulbs. It is one of the quickest and easiest ways to save money. LED bulbs last longer, are more efficient, don’t hum, and are safer to use.
You don’t have to invest in large solar panel technology to start harvesting energy from the sun. Start with some well-designed solar lights for patios, porches, and other outdoor lighting needs. But if you’re ready and willing to take the next step in solar power evolution, then a professionally-installed solar PV (photovoltaic) electrical system can supply all of the your energy requirements using our most abundant energy source, the sun (which isn’t going to burn out any time soon). And though the initial installation costs can take a while to recuperate, solar power costs are generally over 20% lower than standard utility bills, so you’re saving money right away.
When deciding to upgrade your home to include a home automation system, get yourself some expert advice first. Have a professional electrician inspect your home and provide realistic and cost-effective ways to utilise the best home automation system. An electrician can also assess your home’s energy usage in order to promote better energy savings and efficiency.
Here’s another automatic decision you can make: for outstanding customer service, excellent results, honest advice, and a heartfelt concern for sustainable energy application, look no further than Greenway Electrical. From residential to commercial to industrial, we have the expertise and capability to handle any electrical job.