21:45 24 May 2017
However, the high cost of many Internet of Things (IoT) devices has often put off many people from using them at home. However, when it comes to saving energy, could steering clear of paying for smart devices actually be costing you more than you realize? There are many ways that using IoT in your home can help you to save money in the long run, especially in terms of energy savings. Here are just some of the best ways that the Internet of Things can help you to reduce your household energy use and save money.
Getting your home at just the right temperature for when you arrive can be a tricky task. In some homes, there may be a timer setting on the heating or air conditioning; this can be used to turn the temperature up or down at just the right time, so that you’re not wasting any energy by keeping it on all day. However, IoT-enbaled devices can take this one step further. For example, if you are planning to go out and aren’t sure about what time you will be returning, setting the timer for your central heating system will have to be a guess. IoT heating devices often utilize smartphone technology, with a mobile app that you can use to control your home heating or cooling from your device, wherever you may be.
Smart meters work by recording the amount of energy that you are using at home, and where the most energy is being wasted. When you check your usage on a smart meter, you can discover where you can make cuts to use up less energy at home and save money on your utility bill. In addition to this, you can often use smart meters alongside other green energy solutions, such as solar energy with Semper Solaris.
When it comes to energy use, it’s not just your home that you have to worry about – your car also uses up energy, whether it’s in the form of standard gas, or a hybrid or electric car. Today, there are various IoT devices available for drivers; these can help you understand where your car is wasting energy and what you can do to help reduce it. In addition, some smart devices for driving even feature automated driving tools; in fact, there are already cars out there which can drive on their own, created by Google.
Lastly, smart appliances around the home can help you to make savings on your energy bills. From refrigerators to thermostats to smart light bulbs, the smart home industry is booming with a huge range of devices and tools that can help you to reduce the energy that you use and the money that you spend.
Do you use any IoT devices to reduce your energy costs? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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