The environmental benefits of smart homes

The environmental benefits of smart homes

Smart home devices offer many environmental benefits through extensive automation, sensing and remote control capabilities. If you still don't know why this is important, remember that making your home more efficient can save you money and affect your carbon footprint. There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, and implementing smart technology in your home is a good place to start. There are many ways to use smart appliances to save energy and natural resources. How smart home systems work


Temperature control

Smart thermostats are programmable, but the most advanced ones go further, sense what's happening in the environment, and adapt to your actions. Easy-to-program devices help save energy by turning on the heating or air conditioning only when needed and adjusting the temperature when no one is home. It offers more advanced programming than previous generation programmable thermostats, so you can set up your weekly and weekend schedules and control them from your phone as your plans change.


Some smart thermostats can also detect when a door is open, turn off the system, or learn heating/cooling settings accordingly. Others can connect to sensors in their homes to turn HVAC systems on or off.





Speaking of sensors, there are several types of smart home sensors for just about anything imaginable, like light and temperature sensors that turn off lights and thermostats in case you forget. Leak sensors can be placed in remote locations to detect leaks before they are seen by the user, saving money on repairs and avoiding wasted water.



Do you have a garden to water? Studies have shown that smart irrigation systems can save 30-50% of the water used for this purpose. They do this, among other things, by rescheduling watering according to the needs of the arrangement and observing changes in the environment (unexpected rains) that alter the needs of the garden.


Several types of smart irrigation systems have sensors based on weather and soil moisture. Weather-based controllers can connect to a network to monitor local weather conditions. As the name suggests, soil moisture sensors measure soil moisture and send this information to the controller to determine when and how long to water.

Lighting system

Smart lighting has several components, such as the light itself and a network system that can turn the light on or off automatically or remotely. Start smart lighting by replacing regular light bulbs with Philips Hue bulbs, for example. It offers LED lighting and remote control, making it much more energy efficient. Most of them also offer a temperature range that allows you to adjust the lighting environment to suit your needs throughout the day.


LEDs are also mercury-free. Even energy-efficient light bulbs contain this dangerous substance. With a smart lighting system, you can automatically turn off the lights in your room when your child is asleep and schedule the lights to turn on or off at certain times during your vacation. They don't work 24/7 at home. Otherwise, you'll need to adjust your lighting environment to provide only what you need when you need it.





These are just a few of the ways smart home devices can be used for energy efficiency and convenience. The environmental differences of these devices are not significant, nor do they save money. According to EPA research, using smart thermostats alone can save 10-30% on energy costs. Savings on electricity and water at home can significantly impact the pace of climate change when implemented on a large scale.

December 22, 2022 — Chief Editor

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