Our communities are important to us. They are where we live, where our kids go to school, where our parks and libraries are, and where we eat and sleep. We also all contribute to our communities in some way. Some of us may be teachers, or volunteer on the side. Others may help pick up litter or work to reduce carbon emissions. However, one option to help our communities that you probably haven’t thought of is through new home automation. Home automation has come a long way from being a clunky system that is difficult to use to being small, simple and useful in our everyday lives. So how is it a home automation system can help your community? Here are three ways.
1. Reduce Energy Usage
By automating the areas in your home that use energy regularly, you can cut back on the amount of energy you use. For example, an automated thermostat that automatically turns the heat down when you leave for work in the morning and then turns it back up shortly before you arrive home will dramatically reduce the amount of energy you use to heat your home while still keeping you comfortable. Automatic lights can be useful for this same reason as well. With the push of a button on your smartphone, you can ensure all of the lights are off, even if you have already left for work or vacation.
Many home appliances are becoming automated as well allowing you to monitor energy usage and use the appliances at the most efficient time. For example, you could have your dryer automatically start during low periods of energy use to help conserve. Some systems will even give you suggestions on how to cut energy usage, such as unplugging a device or adjusting the thermostat a degree or two.
2. Increase Safety
Imagine leaving for the day and realizing that you left the oven on. Not only will you start worrying about burning the house down, but also for any family members who may come across the hot stove without realizing it is on. In addition, what if you leave for vacation and realize you forgot to activate the alarm system?
Luckily, a home automation installation can help you resolve both of these situations without risking someone else’s safety or canceling your vacation. An automated stove connected to your smartphone can easily be switched off from anywhere, and if your alarm system is also automated and connected to your phone, you can turn the system on while on vacation and even tap into the cameras to make sure everything is alright.
3. Keep Watch on Loved Ones
Finally, community is also about watching over friends and family. Some parents may use their automated security cameras to make sure their children arrived home safely from school, or if they have automatic locks, to let the kids in without worrying about lost keys. Home automation has also helped advance care for the elderly from everything from medication reminders to monitoring vital signs and calling for help, should something appear wrong.
About Author: Lindsey Patterson is a freelance writer who specializes in technology and the latest social trends, specifically involving social media.