When you consider the advantages of living in a smart home, convenience and luxury probably spring to mind. But did you know that one of the top benefits of home automation is energy efficiency? By enabling you to easily monitor your energy usage and remotely control it, home automation can significantly lower your electricity bills while keeping your home comfortable when occupied and giving you peace of mind.

Home Automation Makes Energy Management Easy & Convenient

In our busy daily lives, it’s easy to forget to turn off the lights, TVs and other electronics before leaving home. Sometimes we just don’t have time to check each room as we rush out the door.

With home automation, you can easily take care of those things remotely using your mobile device. You can adjust the temperature, lighting, entertainment and more individually or quickly tap “˜Away’ to turn everything in your preset off, which makes an even bigger impact. Home automation makes managing your energy usage easy, convenient and fun.

Energy Efficient Lighting that Doesn’t Leave You in the Dark

You want to save energy by leaving your lights off when away from home, but the idea of coming home to a dark house can be unsettling. With home automation, you can control any of the lights in any rooms of your home from anywhere. You can also schedule lights to come on at specific times, or simply set your system to turn lights on as someone enters a room. With home automation, you’re only in the dark when you choose to be.

Temperature Control in the Changing Texas Weather

We know the weather in Texas can change rapidly; we often experience a 20 degree or more difference from one day to the next, or even from morning to afternoon. Maintaining a specific temperature in your home around the clock, regardless of whether the home is occupied or not, will keep your HVAC system, along with your electric meter, running more than it needs to. Contrary to what some people have thought, you use much less energy bringing your home back to the desired temperature than trying to maintain that temperature in an unoccupied home. A smart thermostat can take care of your system for you.

Using climate control in a home automation system, you can control the temperature of your entire home or by each individual room at any time, from anywhere. And that control is not limited to your HVAC system. You can also control your window shades and draperies, which can reduce heat gain by up to 30% or more, or heat loss by up to 10%.

Heating and cooling account for almost half of your home’s energy usage. When you smartly manage that usage, you will see a substantial difference in your energy costs.

Building a New Home? Consider Home Automation for Energy Efficiency

If you plan to build a new home, consider making it a smart home. With home automation, you can efficiently manage energy usage, which reduces your electric bills, while also enjoying the luxury, convenience and added security an automated home provides.

All Design Tech Homes Feature Smart Home Technology

Interested in building a new custom home on your lot with Design Tech? You will be pleased to know that all Design Tech homes feature the latest in smart home technology.

Among the standard home automation features for energy efficiency is a programmable thermostat that saves you up to 33% on your annual heating and cooling costs. Control the thermostat with your smartphone while on the go, set customized schedules, or set it to automatically adjust whenever you arm or disarm your security system. You can even create lockouts to limit the minimum or maximum temperature settings, which is helpful if you have children who try to change the thermostat.

Lighting control is another smart home feature included in every Design Tech home built. As with the programmable thermostat, you can control your lighting from any location, create custom schedules, and set your lights to automatically turn on/off when arming/disarming your security system. Arming your security system is easy, too. Using voice control, you simply say “Leave the house.”

In addition to home automation features for energy efficiency, your Design Tech home will include a Smart Security System with Home Control and more for your family’s convenience and peace of mind. Contact Design Tech Homes for additional information.