The digital revolution has led to many advancements in technology, including smart home sustainability. That means anyone can now control appliances in their home with a touch of a button on their smartphones, voice commands through smart assistants and more. Does home automation provide energy efficiency though? Continue reading to find out more, as well as what type of enclosures for home automation we can offer at Hitaltech.
Can you have energy-efficient home automation?
Home automation can help save energy at home by ensuring your home uses electricity effectively. The ability to automate your lights and appliances helps to reduce the waste of energy throughout your home.
There is an array of smart light bulbs and home automation gadgets on the market, all at affordable prices. These products allow people from all walks of life to make their homes feel high-end. The use of sensors to track movement and temperature also allows homes to control their lighting and heating to reduce waste.
The gadgets used to control heating and lighting are housed in enclosures that Hitaltech can produce, including wall-mounted and handheld.
In which ways can people use home automation for energy efficiency?
- Smart thermostats
- Smart light bulbs
- Smart meter
- Smart plugs
Smart thermostats are fantastic ways to monitor the temperature of your house and ensure the right conditions are in place. With a smart thermostat, you can control the heating and cooling of your home wherever you are thanks to an app on your smartphone or tablet. Heating can also be controlled – at home and work – from wall-mounted enclosures like our Thermo model.
Have you ever left the house and left your heating on or not changed the timer on your boiler? With a smart thermostat, you can amend this error instantly from your phone. Some smart thermostats can also sense the temperature within a room, or rooms, of your home. With your control, you can set the thermostat to change the temperature to a specific setting to make you comfortable.
Also, according to the Energy Savings Trust, turning down your thermostat by just one degree can generate about 10% savings on your annual energy bill.
Smart light bulbs
According to British Gas, traditional light bulbs are inefficient and only convert around 5% of their energy into light. For years now, LED lighting has been the more efficient alternative, yet smart technology can boost the efficiency further.
To achieve smart home sustainability, use smart bulbs to avoid wasted energy. With smart light bulbs, you can set schedules to turn them on and off at certain times of the day as well as change the brightness to save more energy. As with your heating, if you’ve left the house with lights on, it’s a case of simply accessing the app on your phone and switching them off, potentially saving you a lot on your energy bills.
Another step to an energy-efficient home with automation is with a smart meter. Do you know how much energy you use on a daily basis? With a smart meter, you can track everything and how much appliances are costing you.
Once you’ve tracked how much energy you’re using, you can replace certain appliances and bulbs with smart gadgets to help you better manage your usage. This is a sure-fire way to create smart home sustainability.
If you were to house a smart meter outside of the house, there are options available at Hitaltech that protect it from the elements. For example, our IP65 Rated Enclosure is perfect for outdoor use.
Another great piece of smart home technology that can greatly improve your energy efficiency is smart plugs. These gadgets allow you to monitor the amount of energy an appliance is using. They also allow you to completely switch it off rather than leave it on standby.
For example, switching your television off only puts it into standby mode but if it’s plugged into a smart plug, not only can you see how many kilowatts it’s using, but you can also completely switch it off. This saves you a lot of energy in the long run.
Smart plugs, like bulbs, can be controlled instantly from an app on your smartphone or tablet, making it extremely easy to turn off your appliances without walking around the house and manually doing it. The apps on a smartphone also give you a complete overview of every device that’s switched on and using up energy.
Smart home enclosures at Hitaltech
Hitaltech can supply a range of enclosures suitable for home automation applications. If you’re looking for enclosures that are suitable for smart thermostats, the Eyebox and Thermo offer a perfect solution.
Amongst a wide range of applications, our wall-mounted electrical enclosures are available in a variety of sizes, styles and types to accommodate a range of application requirements, making them the ideal choice for housing smart home controls.
If you’re working on a smart control that will improve home automation energy efficiency, our expert team will be happy to advise on the best type of enclosure for your application. Don’t hesitate to contact us on 01253 899910 or email us at email@example.com.