Improve Energy Efficiency with Technology
More and more, home buyers are looking for ways to incorporate home technologies that increase the long-term value of their house but also provide convenience, safety and comfort.
By incorporating the following technologies, homeowners can save money on their utility bills:
- Automated HVAC systems can maintain a more energy-efficient temperature while the home owners are away at work, but switch to a more comfortable temperature prior to their arrival home. Zones can also be created to heat or cool only the areas most used by the occupants, keeping other areas, such as guest bedrooms, shut down until they are needed. A programmable thermostat can save consumers up to 2% on their heating bill for every 1ºC you turn down your thermostat at night and when you’re not at home.
- Water heaters with a timer can be turned off when the occupants are traveling, then can turn on and begin heating the water in preparation for their return home. Tankless gas water heaters - which only activate when residents start to use hot water and immediately de-activate when they are done - are also a great option and can reduce water heating costs.
- Lighting can make up 10-20% of the total electrical usage of the home. Installing an automatic dimmer, which adjusts to the home owner’s needs based on time of day or occupancy, will lower electricity bills and increase the life expectancy of light bulbs.
- Blinds and drapes can be programmed to close during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun; keeping the house cooler. In the colder winter months, they can open up to allow the sun in to warm the house, which helps regulate the room temperature.
By incorporating technologies that help make your home operate more efficiently, this can add up to significant savings on your utility bills.