This time we’re not talking about making it look better—although we think that’s also a great
goal to pursue. We’re talking about adopting smart technology for the home.

The use of new home technologies is sometimes greeted with doubt, but when the benefits are this useful for individuals as well as the environment, we think everyone should get an run-down of the topic.

So we’re bringing you a short list of some reasons why you might consider making your home a smart home.

1. It’s better for the environment.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “electricity use was responsible for 87% of 2009 U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.” Smart appliances can significantly decrease the wasteful usage of electricity.

2. It’s also good for your spending, and smart appliances can make life easier.

When homeowners use a demand response program for their appliances, building systems, and electronics, they will “make streamlined adjustments within pre-approved ranges based on signals received by utilities to lower energy consumption when the electric grid is most strained.” For example, this means that people can set dishwashers or clothes dryers to operate during times when electricity is least expensive. Or lights can automatically dim when the television is on, and shut off when a room has been unoccupied for a certain amount of time. All of these applications can make a significant contribution to both the comfort of your home and to streamlining your spending on utilities.

3. You can learn how to save even more energy and money.

Not only can a smart home help to automatically save energy, it can also tell homeowners exactly how they’re using that energy. With these insights, “homeowners can better identify wasteful habits through real-time monitoring software”, and save even more money and energy.

4. If you know about the benefits of smart homes, you can spread the word.

Although most homeowners would agree that they plan on eventually purchasing smart technologies, most people prefer to wait until their current systems run down or break. Apparently, “about 60% of homeowners are unfamiliar with smart grid technology, and only 16% are aware of efforts by their electric utilities to introduce smart grid capabilities”. Hopefully, if more people learn about the benefits of smart homes, they will be able to others how useful and beneficial this aspect of home improvement can be.

For further reading (and another take) on new home technologies, we previously visited the topic with ”How is Technology Affecting the Way we Live at Home?”

All quotes taken from “Smart Homes: Building an Easier Life” from Frost & Sullivan research analyst, Suzan Riazi.

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