Sunday, September 7, 2008

Does Home Automation Save Energy

Home automation systems are becoming a necessary amenity in any high-end home, but are they also a new tool in our fight to reduce energy use and global warming?

After all, these systems are designed so that you can control your high-end AV components, home security system, lighting and HVAC from one device (or via the web from somewhere else).

The idea is that these high tech systems will minimize or eliminate the wasted energy from lights left on by accident, vampire loads from home equipment in the “off” state, thermostats set too high or low for usage patterns or climate conditions, etc - the automation systems themselves will set things right even if you forget.

But are they big enough to warrant buying one of these systems just to reduce them? Read the entire article.

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