Consumers 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 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 and 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 an off, anticipate when you arrive home and allow remote control over things like door locks, heating systems and lights have 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 implementation.