One of the best methods to save money these days is to make your house totally connected – meaning installing electronic connectivity to all of your major appliances, doors, windows, blinds, and other things. Imagine being able to leave the heat off all day, but turn it on an hour before you plan to return home? Or to open the blinds on a rainy day if the sun comes out in order to warm your home more naturally?
These types of things are becoming more and more commonplace, and the increased connectivity between your home and devices like your computer and your smartphone means that you have so much more control over the elements of your house.
One of the most popular up and coming devices is the Nest thermostat. This thermostat will “learn” your daily habits, but is also fully controllable through your smartphone. It can help you dramatically reduce your home energy costs. Imagine you set your thermostat to turn up the heat before you normally return home at 5:30. But your co-workers invite you out for happy hour and you don’t end up coming home until about 8pm. You could cut a couple hours of heating an empty home by manually controlling your thermostat from your smartphone. It’s incredibly easy, and the incremental energy savings adds up quite a bit over the course of a year.
There is also a slew of energy calculation apps that help you to estimate how much energy you are using and where you can cut costs. These apps are free or low cost, and can help you to develop strategies for improving your energy consumption.
If you’re using a computer and smartphone to save energy, then it’s also important to ensure that your computer is protected from malware and viruses. There are a number of safe and good programs out there that can help you to do this without any sort of hassle. Any computer connected to the internet or a wifi connection is vulnerable to attacks. And if you’re using apps and computers to help you with certain elements of your home such as locking and unlocking your doors, it is possible that the app could get hacked if malware gets on your computer.
Speaking of computers, did you know that a laptop computer will use much, much less energy than a desktop computer? Consider switching over if you’re buying a new computer. These days more and more computers are just becoming tablets or very small anyway. The days of big huge tower computers are largely over, and they are reserved for use with higher intensity applications such as video editing and advanced computation that requires more space and cooling. But as computers get more and more advanced, these things will be a thing of the past as well.
All in all there are many things that you can do in order to electronically control what goes on in your home so that you can save energy. Stay tuned to this blog for more tips and new apps.