Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Bachelor, Sham Wow Guy, and Energy Savings with Home Automation

I always tell my clients, Home Automation is a lot like the DVR on your TV. Before you had it, you were used to watching all the commercials and sitting through the entire rose ceremony of the Bachelor.

But now, with your DVR you can fast forward through "Sham Wow" guy and save yourself the drama of watching Jake, or Brad hand out 12 roses. You can just fast forward to the end, right?

Home automation is a lot like that. Once you have it, you wonder how you ever lived without it.

Most people think Home Automation is only for the "Jetsons type" or people that are into new "gadgets".

While its true that home automation is great for listening to music throughout your home, watching the latest movie on your 100” theater screen and dimming your lights from your iPad... (among other things).

Energy savings are often overlooked when talking about home automation.

According to the American Lighting Association, Household lighting accounts for 12-15% of the average household utility bill.

At my house, I have one button that turns off every single light when it's time to go to bed or leave the home. This can also be done automatically when you arm your security system.

No more, "Honey can you turn off that light?"

This saves me time, energy and most importantly... money!

Many of the systems we install are programmed to max lighting loads out at 90%. Dimming a light by just 10% can save 10% electricity and extend bulb life 2 times longer than if that load was set to turn on at 100%.

We also Program your automated shades and thermostat to automatically adjust for maximum energy efficiency based on the season, time of day or outside temperature.

Control your thermostat from your computer or even your smartphone. Use dimmers, timers and occupancy sensors to reduce energy waste. Use motion sensors to turn lights off automatically when rooms are unoccupied. Program your pool and sprinkler systems to source water only during energy-efficient time windows. The possibilities with home automation are endless!


  1. I knew it!! there was always something about that Sham-Wow guy that looked so familiar!!
    Thanks for sharing with us.


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