Bill Gates lives in what might be the most technologically advanced house ever built. Not only does it have heated driveways and underwater music systems, but it also has one of the most advanced home automation systems in the world. Gates certainly deserves credit for creating a high-tech home that is also energy efficient. However, most of us don’t have the more than $63 million it took to build the house.
Fortunately, it is possible to save energy without the resources of the wealthiest man in the United States. With more than 6.78 quadrillion Btu of energy used in California in 2012 alone (according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration), saving energy should be on everyone’s mind, particularly as the hot summer months quickly approach.
One of the biggest wastes of energy occurs when we forget to turn off our lights and air conditioning as we leave the house. It’s easy to forget a light or to turn off the air conditioning as you rush out the door for work in the morning, but it is also a significant and expensive waste of energy. While it would be great if we could all just remember to turn off the air and the lights when we leave the house, the reality is that sometimes we simply forget.
Home automation can be used to save energy
There has been a lot of talk over the past few years about how home automation is finally on the cusp of becoming mainstream and useful. It seems like every major technology company is working on home automation solutions, but no one has yet been able to create a comprehensive platform that works with every device in the home. Before too long, platforms like Apple’s recently announced Home Kit will hopefully provide a common framework for different home automation devices to work under. For the time being, however, it appears that we are still at least a couple years away from a truly automated home.
Fortunately, one of the areas in which home automation has actually been successful is with energy-saving technology. There are now several products on the market that will automatically turn the lights and air conditioning off when you leave the house, so you don’t have to worry that you are cooling a well-lit house while nobody is home.
For those who are interested in energy-saving home automation products, Mijac Alarm offers an alarm panel that will automatically turn your air conditioning and lights off when you set the alarm. We also offer alarm panels that allow you to remotely check your alarm status, as well as turn on or off your lights and air conditioning on your smartphone. It isn’t as fancy as Bill Gates’ techno-marvel mansion, but it will certainly save you some money on your monthly electric bill.
For more information about energy-saving home automation services offered by Mijac Alarm, or to learn more about our residential and commercial security systems, visit our main website by clicking here, or call us during regular business hours at (909)982-7612.