September 13, 2017 by Anas Mustafa
If you’ve ever wondered how you can reduce your carbon footprint in order to be a better steward of the environment, you might want to consider the old adage that, ‘it all starts at home’. This means that practising sustainable living in your own residence can help you to live more responsibly in this age of heightened environmental awareness.
What follows are some tips on how to make your home more sustainable with intelligent automation — so that you can do your part to safeguard the environment.
Intelligent automation will enable you to cut down on electricity costs, as you’ll be able to exercise greater control on when, how long and at what intensity various appliances in your home operate. For instance, if you want to use the HVAC system responsibly during the winter, you might program it differently based on when people are home and when people are away at work or school. That way, it will only need to run at a high rate when there are actually people who need a warm and cozy home environment.
The same is true for lighting. With intelligent automation features, you can use an app to turn lights on and off as required, which can translate into a reduction on your utility bill. So the same app you use for home security monitoring can be used to automate your home.
If you’re a gardener or have an expansive lawn, you might find an irrigation system handy. With intelligent automation, you can provide for the water needs of your garden and lawn in a responsible way, that waters at specific times. This will help to conserve water, reduce your utility bill, and keep your garden and lawn healthier since they won’t be overwatered. You can also collect rainwater to further reduce your need for your irrigation system.
The right intelligent automation system will provide great benefits. For instance, you can get your home security monitoring system, irrigation system and climate system to work together for the purpose of reducing energy consumption. Case in point: If a window is left open, you can set up the system so that the air conditioning will automatically shut itself off in the region of the home where the window was opened. And your home security system can monitor any activity taking place around and about your opened window, to keep you and yours safe.
You can also set up your system so that your doors lock automatically every time you arm your home security system. You’ll also be able to interact with the intelligent automation technology from wherever you are, by using an app on your smartphone, tablet or laptop..
Intelligent automation can certainly pay dividends in your home, given how much it can help you to be a better steward of the environment. Consider your options and then get the solutions you need to lessen your carbon footprint.
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