Home Automation

How much do intelligent home electronics really save you

adjusting your thermostat while on vacationConsumers are asking the question, “How much do intelligent home electronics really save you?”. With all of the expenses today associated with running a home, any time someone suggests that they can save you money most consumers listen. However, they quickly become disenchanted. Especially when they find out that the technology costs hundreds of dollars to implement with only minimal savings. In addition many are finding that just like computers, the life span is short. Because something new and better often comes along.

How much do intelligent home electronics really save you?

Intelligent home electronics fall into various categories with various combinations of energy reduction capabilities, convenience, and security. Utility companies want to install intelligent meters to reduce the number of people who must read meters every month. They can also provide more information in real-time to the customer. While it is a difficult sale for many, there are real savings for the utility. However, it is unclear if these savings will be passed along to the customer.

Other technologies that turn lights on and off. They also anticipate when you arrive home and allow remote control over things like door locks, heating systems, and lights. There is a combination of convenience, energy savings, and security advantages. While you most like will not achieve sufficient savings to cover the cost of the technology, the increased level of convenience and security may be worth much more to the individual.

We suggest that every consumer evaluate the overall costs, the savings capability, the convenience provided, and the increased security that may come along with some of the electronic implementations.

What is a Totally Automated House

Until recently, the notion that we could live in a totally automated house seemed like something out of the future. But today, home automation is becoming more and more popular, indicating that it is now a possibility. New home builders are beginning to add some features to their homes and many homeowners are adding various automation abilities to their homes. Many are focused on improving security while other consumers are looking for comfort and control over their homes.


Advantages of a Totally Automated House

  • Save money  – Even if there is a cost associated with installing an automated system, doing so can lead to savings down the road. An automated house improves the efficiency of the home heating system.
  • Save time 
    With one touch you can shut off all the lights in the house, as well as remotely shut the lights off if you forgot to before you left for the day.
  • Increased comfort
    Control house temperature and adjust lighting more easily.
  • Improved security 
    Optimize management of home security systems (theft, fire, and water damage).


Ten applications for  The Totally Automated House

It started with movement detectors and fire alarms. Today it is much more than that and will continue to expand. These are the applications that are becoming more popular.

  1. Open and close locks.
  2. Automatically shuts off the furnace when a window is open.
  3. Programs the heating and air conditioning systems based on the temperature outdoors.
  4. Automatically shuts off lights when the room is empty.
  5. Detect water leaks and automatically shuts the water valve off.
  6. Turn a tap on when a hand is placed under it and off when removed.
  7. Activate an automatic blocking system if the sewer backs up.
  8. Detect smoke and heat in case of fire.
  9. Detect if water pipes are at risk of freezing up.
  10. An alarm system can be set to present or absent mode (present mode: all lights turn on if there is abnormal movement in the home; absent mode: no light will turn on).

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