In certain parts of the world, a lawn sprinkler can be the difference between a lawn of vivid green and a patch of dusty ground. But it’s wasteful to have a sprinkler that comes on automatically regardless of need.
Taking into account weather forecasts, a smart sprinkler system monitors humidity and air temperature, and activates only when necessary. This will reduce water bills and the energy required for pumping, while helping the planet.
Owners of golf courses, grass tennis courts, football grounds and so on, spend a lot of money on irrigation. Simply by reducing water consumption, bills can be slashed. In addition, with a system that ensures grass is watered whenever necessary, members of golf clubs and the like can be proud of their grounds and will not only renew their membership each year, but will also encourage new members.
Having installed your smart devices, you will want to know how much you are saving. In the case of some heating systems, you can receive a monthly email which compares your consumption with that of others so that you can see what you’re saving on average.
Even without such a facility, you can get a good idea of how much you are saving. You could, for instance, compare your next energy bill with the one for the same period the year before. The difference is likely to be significant, particularly if you are comparing two winter heating bills, or even in the summer if you live in a warm climate and rely on air conditioning.
According to calculations from smart technology provider ecobee, smart thermostats can save homeowners an average of 23% on heating and cooling costs, while a white paper by Nest Labs boasts savings of 10-12% on heating and around 15% on cooling. In either case, there seems to be no disputing that these technologies save you money.
As for the impact of our energy use on the planet, a study by Jean-Nicolas Louis, indicates that automation can reduce energy consumption and bring down CO2 emissions by 13%.
Overall, home automation appears to save us money, help the planet, and make our lives more comfortable. There is no doubt that the technology is still very much in its infancy allowing plenty of room for improvement. Inefficiencies in some smart meters, for example, have resulted in increased energy costs. Nevertheless, updates are on the horizon and the future is looking bright.