Summer is quickly approaching, which means more sunlight, hotter temperatures, and unfortunately, higher utility bills. Luckily, homeowners can cut back on their energy use and lower their utility bills by installing a few smart home devices that are perfect for summer.
A programmable thermostat can help save money and energy year round, but it’s especially useful during the hot summer months. The thermostats allow for scheduled times to turn the air conditioner on and off. What’s more, these schedules are often controllable from your smartphone.
For example, you could set your device to turn the air conditioner off at 8 a.m., and back on at 5 p.m. when you’re driving home. Doing this saves energy and lowers your utility bills without sacrificing comfort in your home.
In fact, it’s estimated that turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours a day helps save about 10 percent on your yearly heating and cooling costs.
Smart Home Shades
Closing your window shades during the hottest hours of the day helps keeps out the heat and reduces energy spent on air conditioning. But, every morning it’s a hassle to go around your home and close the shades before the sun rises. Smart home shades solve this problem by automatically closing whenever you decide.
Program your smart home shades to close during the day’s peak temperature, and then reopen once the air cools off. These shades help keep your home at a comfortable temperature during hot summer days so your air conditioner runs less and you save more.
The weather during the summer season is unpredictable. In some regions, it’s sunny for hours and then suddenly storming in the late afternoon. These sudden changes make it difficult to plan when your lawn needs watering, but luckily, once again there are smart devices that make it much easier.
Smart sprinkler controllers keep an eye on the weather forecast to monitor for rain. Based on the forecast, the sprinkler controller will decide whether your lawn needs watering that day and how much. Using these devices helps conserve water and saves money on your utility bills. Plus, most devices already work with existing irrigation systems.
Smart Outdoor Lighting
Do you plan on entertaining outdoors this summer? Then you’ll want to invest in a smart outdoor lighting system.
Many homeowners leave their outdoor lights on at all hours, wasting tons of energy. Consider choosing an outdoor lighting system with sensor lights that only activate when motion is detected. Or, utilize a system that allows for a set schedule. Either way, your outdoor lights will only turn on when they’re needed.
Some outdoor lighting systems even have cameras built in that record activity after they detect motion. This is perfect for homeowners worried about home security while they vacation this summer.
Whether you plan on taking a summer vacation, entertaining guests around the grill, or relaxing at home, smart devices can help make the most out of your summer. Plus, each of these devices improves your home’s energy efficiency so you can lower your utility bills, too!