From smaller-scale implementations such as smart appliances that run at less expensive off-peak hours and devices that can automatically turn off lights at specific times to GPS tracking that detects when a household member is close by to turn the heating on and room motion detection that ensures energy isn’t being used in uninhabited rooms, if there is an electrical component that can be turned off and on, smart technology can now control it.
Outdoor reset control
Weather responsive systems, also known as ‘outdoor reset control’, use a sensor on a boiler and a sensor attached to an external façade of a home to control the temperature, some also use a third sensor inside the home to detect heat from other sources such as fireplaces. These sensors balance the heat output with how the natural environment is performing. A popular example of these weather-controlled heating systems is offered by the brand tado. tado utilises the weather forecast to maximise the use of natural heating sources such as the sun; by detecting it is a sunny day and heat will enter the home naturally, tado turns the home heating down slightly to reduce wasted output. Find out more about tado and their smart outdoor reset control system.
Firms are now more than ever looking for ways to reduce operational costs in buildings where expenditure on energy is a huge outgoing. Smart buildings that integrate multiple solutions can maximise energy savings. According to Verdantix, smart buildings can achieve 20% annual energy savings by integrating smart technology which is often down to space utilisation. These systems enhance employee productivity and visitor comfort while reducing energy consumption. These systems not only control and maximise energy efficiency, but they also provide extensive data and visibility to its operators as to the company’s energy usage.
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, in 2017 certain energy savings using smart technology were as follows:
- In HVAC systems using a variable frequency drive, the savings were between 1550%.
- Using a smart plug produced 50-60% savings.
- Using smart lighting controls produced 45% energy saving.
- Using an automated shading system produced 21-38% savings.
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Are Smart Automation Systems Worth it?
Smart automation undoubtedly reduces overall operating costs in homes and businesses. For homeowners wanting to capitalise on future-proofing their space, smart technology adds value and livability to your home. For businesses, it feeds into corporate social responsibility and corporate governance – reducing carbon footprint. Despite the initial investment in the technology itself, the combined reduced overall cost over time as well as the ultimate comfort, ease of use and wow-factor for businesses, makes these smart improvements worth it.