Technology For Your Home Energy Management

Technology For Your Home Energy Management

Home automation is no longer limited to the wealthiest demographic segments. These days, thanks to heightened competition and the ease of cloud systems, automation is rapidly making its way into a growing number of American houses. What started as a way to remotely monitor a building’s security now has the ability to deliver media, appliance, and energy controls all under one platform. A home owner, with the touch of a button or the use of VoIP solutions such as MegaPath hosted VoIP, can now immediately control all elements of system management.

Home energy management is the fastest-growing component of home automation, with a market penetration rate that is expected to exceed 60% by 2022. While a home energy management system may still be costly to implement, its utilities savings should more than repay themselves over the span of several years. Are you think of getting such a system for your home? If yes, here are the three main home energy management approaches that you might want to consider, along with the main pros and cons of each.

Technology For Your Home Energy Management

1. Get a Smart Thermostat

Pros: Pioneered by the people at Nest Labs, smart thermostats have the intelligence to do all the work for you: they can learn patterns in the household’s energy use, accurately predict and establish trends, and then set temperatures to levels that maximize energy efficiency.

Cons: Smart thermostats do not always integrate well with home automation systems. They also sometimes encourage greater energy use because people get detached when no longer setting the thermostat themselves.

2. Integrate with Large-scale Automation Packages

Pros: Major media and cable companies such as Comcast and AT&T have begun introducing automation packages that include everything ranging from entertainment to security to temperature control. These systems, consequently, have the ability to learn – via the security arm – when people leave the house, open a window, or even move from room to room. This information can then be used to control a thermostat’s settings.

Cons: This is a costlier option that some may view as needlessly excessive.

3. Get an Information Display Device

Pros: Some people don’t want technology to do all the work for them; rather, they simply desire that technology provides them with the information to take action on their own. These people may find this third option most appealing. Information display devices, such as the recently-designed Triad Energy system, provide a house’s inhabitants with easily-interpretable data regarding their actual energy use, their goal use, and the means by which they can hit that goal most efficiently.

Cons: While these display modules can integrate with an automation system when culling data, they ultimately leave control of the thermostat to the home’s residents. This consequently lacks the “hands-off” approach allowed by other options.

These are three of the main options to pursue if you’re thinking of getting a home energy management system. While each option has its own pros and cons, your individual desires and limitations should hopefully help you pick the solution that works best for you.

14 Responses to “Technology For Your Home Energy Management”

  1. dhirender partap says:

    this ia a excellent article..and its very helpful for home made lyf..thanx for this post…

  2. Sandra92 says:

    Thanks for sharing with us this great ideas about Home energy management, I do love to pin it with my friends…

  3. Glones says:

    Great post, I’m really familiar with Home energy management… Thanks for sharing this one and I do love to share this with my friends..

  4. win says:

    Have an advanced tool like this would be very helpful in saving energy consumption and control in the home. I do not recommend you to buy this tool because I did not have it at home so I have not felt the benefits.

  5. Stefan says:

    That small thermostat looks incredibly useful. I’ve been looking into getting a new one as it happens; I sort of broke my old one for reasons that seemed perfectly logical at the time.

  6. Becca says:

    Thermostat help us to save energy especially if too many appliances in use everyday. It is not only help us to save energy but as well as our environment..

  7. Lance says:

    Conserving energy is a big deal nowadays. The products shown above look interesting, but I think I’ll wait awhile to see what else pops up. I don’t want to buy a $400 gadget only to find out next year that something better is coming out! No Thank You, Sir!

  8. Cristina says:

    These products look really cool and I would love to have these in my home but how much do they cost? they look really expensive. Anyway, thanks for sharing these information, definitely worth looking into if you want an energy efficient home.

  9. Laura says:

    Home energy management is the solution for spending to much money, this is the best practical option of every family…

  10. Jane says:

    Home energy management is a very good option to save energy. But home automation is a bit too much for my house anyway. It’s not that big that I need an automation tool to handle it. Also, I feel it’ll make me even more lazier.

    Very Informative article!

  11. DivinneGrace says:

    The smart thermostat looks amazing and very helpful at home…I hope we can have it soon…

  12. Lacey12 says:

    This home energy management system is the answer for seeking the best among better in a stuff… Can it be avail with discount?

  13. Elena Anne says:

    This is a way cool article, you should do one every month or so for the best home technology. It would be like a cool little version of Popular Science magazine. And the thermostat is pretty cool I never though of energy help being in the thermostat.

  14. Harper I. says:

    I don’t have a smart thermostat at home and I’m kind of curious how this one goes. What’s the normal price for this? Thanks for the great discount here.


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