Saving Energy with Home Automation

One of the key aspects of handing control over to an bathroom2intelligent Home Automation system is the ability to reduce wastage.  If correctly set up it will achieve this with ease, savings of 15-20% on heating and up to 30% on lighting…We will focus on these two aspects and show you some nice extras that come as standard…

Lets start with lights.  Including an occupancy sensor in each room allows for lights to be switched off automatically when there has been no activity in the room for a set period of time. This “time out” is easily configured either room-by-room or simply as a whole house setting. Lights can be switched on manually or via the sensor with different time out limits for each. Sensor usage can be time based, in that it does not do anything during daylight hours, or turn lights on at differing intensity dependent on the time of night. In some cases you only want the sensor to enable lights to be switched off, as you don’t want bedroom light coming on when you get up in the middle of the night…
Best part is you only need one sensor per room, and thanks to the intelligence of the system processor, it can be used for other functions e.g. alarm system and heating control…

Did I just mention heating… There are many wasteful actions regarding heating.

  • Heating homes when no one is home
  • Heating empty rooms
  • Temperature overshooting desired limit
  • Heating rooms with doors/windows open
  • Heating battling with Air Conditioning

livingroomThese are the main heating sins that account for wasted energy, the first three apply to most, the lucky ones may have the fourth… As mentioned before, each room should have an occupancy sensor, this allows the home to be heated to a background temperature and heating boosted as rooms are used. Due to the heatings intelligence, room profiles are learned. You set a target temperature and time, and the system will calculate the time it needs to switch on to achieve this. As the target temperature draws near, the system slows down to prevent overshoot which is another area of wastage. Standard magnetic door contacts on windows and external doors allow for heating to be inhibited when windows or doors are open, the same goes for running AC. Handing off control for the buildings climate, prevents both AC and heating running at the same time and allows for a more efficient system. Add in automatic blinds & curtains on southerly aspects, and you can harness passive solar heating/shading to enable a better managed heating profile.

The door and window sensors utilised by the heating also form a very secure perimeter burglar alarm that can tie in with the occupancy sensors, caller service, lights and audio. Integrating these individual elements creates a very powerful alarm system adding both comfort and peace of mind for your home…

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