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How Solar Energy Makes A Smart Home Smarter

Solar power is nothing new, but it’s fast becoming more affordable and achievable for every homeowner.

Every savvy, money-saving, and smart homeowner has solar on their mind.

Home automation is another smart-tech application that used to be a novelty of the wealthy, and which has now become a very common installation in many American homes.

There are many levels of home automation and you don’t need to be at the top to really get the benefits of smart homes.

These benefits include reduced energy costs as the smart tech monitors and schedules energy use so that none is wasted.

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Naturally, solar energy should be streamlined with smart home tech–which would reduce home energy costs drastically.

So how do solar power and smart home tech work together?

Home energy storage systems and batteries are part of what connects the two together.

The storage system holds the excess energy in reserve to be used by the homeowners at night or when the weather is overcast.

The stored energy can be used for charging electric cars and using home automation devices whether the homeowner is at home, work, or on vacation.

Most home automation devices are interconnected and more complementary than older technology–which consisted of ever-knotted cords–and the old equipment didn’t always work well together.

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Now smart-tech is wireless, integrated, and easy to use even by the least tech-savvy.

Home automation allows homeowners control over how much energy is used during the day or night.

The homeowner can adjust the temperature remotely or program thermostats to go up or down, window blinds to open or close, alarms to go off if there is water or gas leaks, and so much more in order to cut down energy costs.

Switching to solar saves homeowners thousands of dollars on energy costs. By using home automation and solar power electricity together, homeowners will soon abandon outdated gas and coal resources and switch to money-saving and smart energy.

Smart homes and solar energy will save homeowners thousands of dollars and unnecessary stress over bills and the security of their homes.

Additionally, using solar energy with home automation devices reduces a homeowner’s carbon footprint. Another smart move.

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3 Great Ways To Use Solar & Home Automation Devices Together

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Sidewalk Solar Lights

If you find yourself worried about walking out of your office space at night, or perhaps concerned about finding your way up your driveway in the dark when you get home, solar sidewalk lights are definitely the way to go.

Solar sidewalk lights can charge during the day. Their long-lasting, rechargeable batteries charge through solar energy via solar panel which is built into the device.

The photocell sensors sense when the sun goes down, activating the lights so that you don’t have to walk to your home in the dark. The sensor also senses when the sun is back up so that no energy is wasted during the day.

Thanks to the way solar energy works, these lights have no complicated wiring to deal with, they don’t need to be connected to any complicated power supply, and they can be installed almost anywhere (as long as they have sunlight).

Sidewalk solar lights are a great way to use solar energy and home automation together.  

Solar Flood Light

In addition to sidewalk lights, a flood light is often a good security investment. Solar power flood lights are also battery powered and recharge their batteries by solar energy.

If there is motion by your door, yard, or back yard, a light will flick on, keeping intruders away and illuminating dark areas for your security.

Flood lights usually turn on when motion is detected and then turns off after a certain amount of time with no motion. This helps conserve on battery power and will keep things dark when you need it to be.

In addition, solar, motion-sensitive cameras are a good investment for a similar reason.

Doorbell/Outdoor Solar Security Camera

While it’s hard to strike a balance between the convenient battery-driven and wireless camera and the secure performance of a wired camera, there are solar powered security cameras that provide both.

The camera comes with means of gathering and converting solar energy and powering the outdoor camera—usually a small solar panel.

This offers you security while saving money on energy.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Solar:

Q: What is the ITC?

A: The Federal Government in the year 2019 will pay for 30% of your solar cost. That's like the Federal Government paying 30% of your electric bill for the next 30 years.

Q: Is there a solar program that is 100% free?

A: No. There are programs without any enrollment, install, or maintenance costs. However, you still have to pay the lower power bill that comes accompanied with your electricity use.

Q: What energy efficient program offers the most savings?

A: Solar offers massive savings to the homeowner. Especially as electric rates tend to rise year after year, and homeowners are using more power as they are adding in home automation, tvs, speakers, etc.

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