Home Automation

Written by Charles Peacock
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Home automation systems are one of those gadgets that in many ways seem better suited for science fiction movies than for everyday life. I've been reading about home automation for years, and no matter how nifty or useful the systems seemed, they never really came across as something that a person would actually really need. When you combine the convenience factor with the possibility of saving money on energy bills, however, it becomes more and more obvious that these systems have some serious benefits.

Saving Money With Home Automation

In terms of convenience, home automation systems certainly have a lot to offer. The most basic systems can be set to turn your lights on and off depending on the time of day and when you're coming home from work. You can even set them to do things like preheat your oven or reduce the temperature in your house while you are sleeping.

The secondary benefit of home automation is that it gives you much more control over how and when you use energy. This can mean substantial savings on your energy bills, which alone can pay for the cost of a newly installed automation system. A simple example would be to regulate the temperature of your house so that your heating or air conditioning systems are only in use when you are actually home. You can do this automatically, so you don't have to remember to change the thermostat every time you leave the house.

Another way to save energy (that you probably haven't considered) is to regulate the power used by electric appliances in your home. Things like computer and entertainment systems pull a constant draw from your electrical system, wasting electricity even when you're not using them. Automation systems can cut the power off to these appliances when they are not in use, which can have a substantial effect on the amount of energy you use each month.

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