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Published on June 3rd, 2013 | by Guest Contributor


Can Home Automation make your Home Eco-friendly?

With so many technological advancements readily available at our fingertips, modern life has never been easier. An example of this technology is the adoption of home automation systems. These smart homes not only save you money, they can make your home more eco friendly. Here are some reasons that it might be a good choice for your home.

Home automation allows you to control a selection of your home’s features while you are away. Many systems work with only an app on your Smartphone or tablet. Whether you’ll be away for a day or a week, home automation can let you control everything that happens in your home, including lighting, home security systems, temperature monitors, and electricity usage.


motion sensitive lights can save energy and keep your home safe.

Motion sensors are the most basic home automation features. Although they have been utilized for quite some time, they continue to provide homeowners with a lighting solution that prevents energy waste, both indoors and out. Other systems can reduce the energy drain that appliances tend to create when not in use. For example, outlet timers and remote controls can be controlled via Wi-Fi so you’ll be able to easily control which appliances should be left on while you are gone. Many companies also offer systems that track the amount of power used in the home, which gives you a better idea of your electricity usage and lets you make smarter decisions about power consumption. Some studies show that you can enjoy up to 40% – 60% reduction in your overall energy use with home automation system.

Other home automation technologies include programmable thermostats, zone-based thermostats, power timers and solar powered gadgets. Some companies even provide programmable lightbulbs!

Home automation will not only help you save energy and money, combining home automation technologies with a home security system can help you keep your family and property safer. Rather than worrying about your home security, you can go about your daily routine and focus on the more important things, like protesting chemical companies, building an earthen home, and growing veggies and cooking them into healthy meals!

This is a guest post from Lara Chamley, head of security at one of Melbourne’s luxury apartment villages. She conducts a yearly talk on home security and has recently started a business training women in self-defense techniques.

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