How to save on electricity bills? Start with these 5 tips
The energy crisis is driving gas and electricity prices to skyrocket. Although the full extent of the energy crisis may not be hitting us at the moment, the rise in prices for oil, natural gas, coal and electricity will hit us in the coming months.
To give you a head start on simple ways to save, we’re sharing five tips to help control wasted energy consumption and features to save on electricity bills with smart technology.
1. Switch off all stand-by devices
It is no secret that devices in stand-by mode consume little power, and for convenience, many stay this way. Although they may be only small power guzzlers, they shouldn’t be forgotten about. If we count the total at the end of the year, we will have a nasty surprise. This is why their power saving potential should not be underestimated.
Loxone connects all components in your home. This enables a unique energy management system. With our Relay Extension, standard outlets can be intelligently controlled to disconnect power when not in use. It’s a true powerhouse that will switch the heaviest loads with ease.
2. Create air flow with open windows
Instead of always leaving windows shut, it is better to open them every few hours for a few minutes, when you can take advantage of the weather and temperature outside. Especially if windows are opposite of each other, this can create more air flow.
After opening the windows, you should make sure, of course, that heating/cooling is turned off. Even after you’ve closed the windows again, you will be fine to leave the heat off for a short time. This is because you can take advantage of some heat that is actually stored in the walls, helping you save a little more on costs.
By implementing automation controls to the HVAC system, the HVAC system adjusts itself according to schedules and presence detection by sensors. Energy consumption will remain optimal, which will help save on electricity bill.
Example: If the temperature can be lowered by airflow ventilation, the HVAC system won’t be activated. If you want the room to automatically regulate heating/cooling once a window is opened or closed, it can be set to your liking.
In communication with the Door & Window Contact Air or Window Handle Air, your home will notify you if a window is left open through the Loxone App.
3. Use LED lighting fixtures
LEDs are significantly more durable and energy efficient, as they can save you up to 80% on electricity. By replacing traditional bulbs with LED ones and integrating advanced lighting controls, you can obtain a much more efficient result.
We recommend our specially designed LED lighting, from modern RGBW and WW spots to stylish pendant lights. Moreover, thanks to our presence sensors, only the rooms that are currently occupied are illuminated.
4. Automated blinds & smart shading
Automated blinds offer more than just shade and privacy.
They adjust to the position of the sun and know when to go up or down. This also protects the room from overheating. So you can save energy on heating and lighting easily. Manual control is still possible and simple via the Loxone App or in combination with our touch switches and controls.
5. Lowering the room temperature
Studies suggest that lowering the room temperature by 1° can save up to 10% on heating costs.
Intelligent heating control means more than just making sure that your room is always set to the optimal temperature. It also does this with the highest level possible of energy efficiency.
Even further, the system will know to lower itself when you’re not home. Then, when you return, your home will welcome you with your comfortable temperature again. All you have to do is set what times you are home or away. Your home takes care of the rest, and you save on electricity.
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