Living an environmentally conscious lifestyle can make everything in your home—from your security system to your smart appliances—more cost-effective. Making smart, sustainable choices for your home will allow you to conserve energy and save money while maintaining a well-protected and automated place for yourself to live in.
Sounds good, right? Here are six ways to create this kind of place for yourself!
Use Automated Lighting
Automated lighting has already cornered the market because of the convenience and security it offers. Many homeowners, however, still aren’t into it yet.
Why? Many still think it’s cheaper to use manual lights, and they worry about how costly the installation of an automated system might be. Factor in the longevity of these systems, though, and you’ll find that they’re actually much more cost-effective than they seem from the outset.
Surveys have shown that you can save an average of 8 percent on your electric bill when you have an automated lighting system at home. What’s more, automated lighting can increase the life of your bulbs by at least 150 percent—perhaps more, if you prefer dimming them.
Dimming your lightbulbs will reduce their wattage and output, which can help you save energy.
Regulate the Temperature With Smart Thermostats
Using smart thermostats is a superb way to make your home more energy efficient and eco-friendly. On average, heating and cooling your home will account for 41 to 63 percent of your total energy bill. The good news is that the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you can save as much as 10 percent on your bill each year, if you use programmable thermostats.
Additionally, saving energy will lead to a decrease in your home’s carbon footprint, which is good for our environment. To effectively save energy and money, keep the following ideal temperatures in mind:
- 68 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, when you’re awake and at home
- 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, when you’re awake and at home
- Seven to 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) cooler while you’re asleep or away
Be sure you’re operating your HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) units properly and keeping them in good condition. You can regulate your thermostats remotely, but if there are unmodified thermostat system failures and you’re not at home, fire or other damages may occur.
To avoid situations that might lead to major expenses, you can invest in security companies that offer 24/7 remote monitoring. Security providers like SimpliSafe, according to Security Baron, can provide you with an affordable plan that includes environmental monitoring.
Add a Solar Photovoltaic System to Your Roof
Make use of free solar energy by adding banks of solar photovoltaic panels to your roof. While the upfront investment might be costly, a solar setup can free you from those high-priced monthly energy bills!
These systems have an average lifespan of 25 to 30 years or more. Plus, if you take advantage of local and federal tax credits, these can go a long way towards minimizing the initial cost of your system. In some places, you may be able to get credits on your electricity bill if you route excess energy from your panels back to your utility company.
Invest in an Automated Irrigation System
Traditional watering methods tend to waste 50 percent of the water that’s used, because of evaporation, overwatering and inefficiencies in irrigation. Automated irrigation systems are a recent innovation that will offer you the advantages of precision watering along with the ability to save water (and hundreds of dollars!).
Insulate Your Garage Door
Insulating your garage door is another way to reduce energy consumption. Preventing cooled and heated air from escaping from your home will make it easier for your air conditioner and heater to maintain the temperature you desire. Plus, with an insulated door, you won’t have to deal with an overheated garage in the summer or a chilly garage in winter.
If you need a new door, opt for a garage door that’s been designed to use a very low amount of power on standby, or one that’s solar-powered and doesn’t use fossil fuels.
Many eco-friendly garage doors have a longer lifespan than those that are less easy on the environment, because they’re made of sturdy building materials. With that, you’ll be able to avoid expenses related to replacement, repair and maintenance. You’ll be helping the environment while saving money at the same time!
Support “Green” Companies
If you’re genuinely concerned about the environment, it’s best to work with green security companies, as companies like this are compliant with the standards set by various green certification programs.
One example is the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). This certificate restricts the use of dangerous substances like cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury and phthalates, when it comes to the construction of home security systems.
It’s not hard to find green companies. The production of eco-friendly, energy efficient products is a current trend, so many security system providers now manufacture devices out of environmentally friendly or recycled materials, which makes their systems more cost-effective and efficient than traditional systems can be.