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Don’t Live Like A Caveman: How Home Automation Will Save You Money Over The Next 5 years

You're not a Neanderthal, so why are you living like one? Even when we lived in caves we knew the importance of energy-efficiency and saving resources. This is how you save cash and evolve today.

Maybe the first time people thought to conserve energy resources was when we limited the amount of wood we burned to stay warm on a given day.

We sacrificed comfort (warmth, security) for the reassurance we would have resources to keep us alive longer.

Thankfully, our resources evolved, and they are much more efficient today. But people still sacrifice warmth, security, peace of mind, and comfort to conserve resources (money/cost-effectiveness).

But you don’t have to.

Today’s home automation is changing the survival game by making energy much more cost and energy efficient. Home automation helps us manage our resources effectively and without compromising our comfort or security.

Yes, some home automation is an investment, and many homeowners may have to update overtime. But updating your survival methods has been and always will be the way to stay ahead.

Effortless HVAC Savings

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We’re all too familiar with the thermostat wars—one room too hot, the other too cold, and no one is happy. Dragging some sticks into a cave to start a fire sounds easier and cheaper.

About half of your home energy costs go to heating/cooling—or your HVAC system. In 2015, around one-third of American families stated that paying energy bills or staying comfortable with enough cooling/heating was challenging.

It’s not that smart thermostats are a fix-all to the problem, but they help homeowners stay more comfortable at a lower cost.

Your typical thermostat runs throughout the day, whether you’re at home or not, and sucks up a lot of energy. You either must remember to adjust it frequently for your schedule, or it wastes a lot of energy as it cools/heats rooms that aren’t used, runs all day while you’re away, and more.  Not very energy-efficient or smart.

With a smart thermostat, you can schedule heating and cooling according to which rooms are occupied, whether you’re at home or not, and it’s a much more energy-efficient system. No more thermostat wars.

Smart thermostats will reduce your energy costs. In fact, you can save about $145 a year. On average, you’ll save around 15% savings on cooling and 10-12% on heating.

Effortless Lighting Savings

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You remember well the days your parents told you that, if you left a room, you must turn off the lights. You probably tell your own kids this today. But, if we’re being honest, we can all be a little forgetful.

Whether you forget to turn the bathroom light off before you leave to work, or your kids forget to turn out the light when they leave a room, smart lighting control can help you reduce your energy costs.

Yes, LED lightbulbs are a smart switch because they last longer and are more energy-efficient. This means more savings over the lifetime of a bulb (spend around $8 on bulbs and $50 on electricity). And if you consider the savings over every lightbulb you change out in your home, that can add up to hundreds of dollars in the lifetime of the bulbs.

Smart lighting also includes motion-detecting lighting and remote-control lighting. Motion detecting lighting will shut the lights off in rooms you aren’t using, and remote-control lighting allows you to control your lights from your smartphone from just about anywhere—often with the use of a smart-home hub.

Effortless Energy Savings

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Expounding on lighting control and savings, home automation allows you to control the electricity in your home easily from a single device, such as a hub or your smartphone. Home automation gives you the power to schedule your thermostat, turn off lights, increase your security, and manage energy-waste. It makes your life so much more comfortable—saving energy and money is so much easier with smart homes.

You don’t have to find the remote, backtrack to a room to turn off a light, stay on top of your kids to make sure they’re not wasting energy, or even get out of bed to lock doors or turn off lights. With home automation, you can manage your electricity from anywhere and even track your usage, so you know how much you’re saving and where you can cut back.

This peace of mind gives you more than just electric energy savings; you may find a lot more energy that you can now direct towards more important activities.

Effortless Water Savings

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Water is an often-wasted and costly resource. A big portion of water-use happens outdoors (about one third) and about 50% is wasted.

Motion-sensor faucets, touch-faucets, and smart showerheads are good ways to use home automation to conserve water. Smart irrigation systems are becoming more and more necessary to conserve water. In fact, these smart systems are now implementing weather-sensors so water will not run if it’s raining or it detects it is otherwise unneeded.

Not only are you helping the environment, you’re helping your wallet with water conservation.

Effortless Insurance Savings

An extra perk about home automation is that insurance agencies will often reward homeowners for investing in smart home tech with security features such as alarms systems, security cameras, fire/smoke detectors, flood detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.

Since home automation can reduce thievery, water damage, and fire damage with its technology, your insurance may offer you a discount on your home insurance policy (even up to 20%).

Peace of mind plus savings? Who would say no to that? No one. That’s who.

Effortless Home Automation

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Looking at home automation savings overall, though the exact amount fluctuates person to person, you will literally be saving hundreds of dollars a year with these savings. This, of course, amounts to thousands of dollars over time.

That’s a lot of money in your pocket.

And you get to feel safe and comfortable in your environment while you save thousands of dollars. Home automation makes your life much easier.

In five years, all that money you’re wasting right now with your outdated system, could have been going towards credit card debt, student loans, medical bills, child’s education fund, savings, or even splurging on a vacation.

So, stop living like a caveman today. Stop wasting energy and get that money back in your pocket.

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