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Using Smart Home Technology to Save Energy

by Hope Salas 12/01/2019

Image by Dan LeFebvre from Unsplash

Smart home tech makes it easy to find information in an instant, turn on or off the television without getting up and even see who just rang your doorbell, but it can also help you be more energy efficient. Saving energy does more than just cut your electric bills, it allows you to reduce your carbon footprint and live a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle.

Incorporating one or more of these energy saving smart home tools into your own routine can help you save money, live comfortably and conserve energy, all at the same time. In most cases, simple upgrades or changes are all that is needed to make the switch to updated, convenient and eco-friendly home tech.

Smart Thermostat

Designed to automatically adjust your home’s temperature to your specified settings, a smart thermostat ensures you are not overpaying to heat or cool your home. Because you can set it and forget it, you can enter your preferred temperatures and not worry about constantly adjusting the thermostat to get comfortable or to try to cut your electric bill.

Smart thermostats help you save in other ways. If you need your home to be cozy and warm when you get home, but don’t want to pay to heat an empty house while you are at school or work, then you can use your smartphone to set the thermostat to the setting you want before you head home. You’ll arrive to a cozy house at the perfect temperature, but won’t have to pay for the home to stay warm all day.

Alexa, Siri and Google Home

No matter what smart home technology you have in place, a virtual assistant like Alexa makes it easy to make the most of your technology. Ask Alexa to dim the lights, control the security systems or even adjust the thermostat. Being able to interact with Alexa allows you to make immediate changes that let you use energy more wisely, without a lot of added effort.

Apps for Energy Saving

Your specific home setup could have some distinct energy benefits you are not aware of or taking advantage of. Install a smart phone app to let you know what you could be doing at home to conserve energy. Some track your existing use so you can identify your peak consumers of energy (are you doing too many loads of laundry or cooling the home while you are not even there). Others help you assess your current energy use and help you find additional savings.

Lighting and Smart Bulbs

Switching out conventional bulbs for smart versions takes only seconds, but can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home. Once you install smart bulbs, you’ll be able to control your lights from your phone, even when you are not at home. This allows you to turn off those forgotten lights or switch lights on just before you arrive home. Using smart bulbs you control from your phone also enhances your home security, because it is easy to turn lights off and on so it looks like someone is home.

Using one or more of these innovative smarthome devices for more than convenience can help you cut your energy consumption and lower your energy bills. You'll love the savings and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are doing your part for the environment. 

About the Author
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Hope Salas

 

Hope Salas

I am a REALTOR®, member of the Arizona Board or REALTORS® and National Association of Realtors®; Experienced in traditional, residential sales, new construction sales, short sales, foreclosures, and capitalizing on first time homebuyers and down payment assistance programs.  Whether you are buying or selling real estate for personal or investment purposes, my objective is to help you close the transaction with ease. I am the real estate professional you can count on to guide you through the transaction process, provide professional advice based on your needs and the current trends; negotiate contract terms and coordinate the details, and maintain open communications with frequent updates.

I believe that there is no greater satisfaction than obtaining a piece of the American Dream of homeownership. I construct my daily routine around my clients and I strive to execute contracts with precision and negotiate the best deal possible. I make customer satisfaction my priority by delivering honesty, professionalism, fairness and integrity always. 

Selling a home is one of the biggest financial transactions most people will make. My job is to attract qualified buyers to your home. As your trusted representative, I will: 

• Protect your investment
• Negotiate the highest possible price in the shortest period of time

Implement a marketing strategy specific to your home/the market

Utilize leading edge internet technology to achieve maximum exposure

Buying a home requires making decisions regarding location, price, financing, and re-marketability. I will save you time and money with making these decisions. Whether you are a first time home buyer, 2nd home buyer, vacation get-a-way seeker, relocating, downsizing,  investing or building your dream home, I will;

Provide reliable information on market trends and property values

Educate you on the processes, ensuring complete comfort and understanding of the course of action .

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Provide guidance, support and resources throughout the transaction

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My goal is to make buyers and sellers my clients for life!

I pledge loyalty, fairness, accountability and determination to all of my clients as we work through your transaction

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