By Sherry Ziesenheim
Whitetail Electronics encourages the consumer to go green while also saving money and time via their home automation technology. Home automation helps homeowners reduce their carbon footprint. The technology runs homes more efficiently and adds lifestyle convenience. By having a home automation system consumers can easily regulate energy usage, which in turn reduces heating, cooling and lighting costs. Automation technology can be used in business offices as well.
Adding home automation into an existing home or business is surprisingly affordable. Consumers can manage their systems simply with today's technology. Home automation systems can be accessed with smart phones and iPads.
A home automation system can be programmed as follows
To turn lights on and off based on a pre-determined schedule.
To shut off appliances and electronics when they are not in use.
To adjust temperatures through the cooling and heating system.
To open and close motorized shades.
Using a home automation system will increase your potential energy savings. Dimming standard halogen or incandescent lights by 25% can potentially save 20% in energy costs. Using sensors and timers saves energy by turning off lights when they are not needed. Motorized window shades can save you 10% on heating and cooling costs by blocking the sun's rays in the summer or letting them in to warm a room during colder months (1). Thermostat control gives you the ability to adjust your heating and cooling systems any time of the day - whether home or away – potentially saving up to 16% of heating and cooling costs (2). Many appliances consume energy 24 hours a day - 10% of a typical home's electric use. By turning off this standby power, a homeowner could save up to 10% in energy costs (3).
Home automation's goal is to make your home more comfortable and secure. With home automation, homeowners have the ability to control daylight, electric light, temperature, appliances, security systems and surveillance cameras while saving money and preserving convenience and comfort.
Whitetail Electronics can help design and install the simplest to the most intricate home automation systems.
Lutron commissioned simulation by T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies, University of Pennsylvania, September
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