After such an exhilarating cross-country road trip into the future, it can be pretty disenchanting to return to a humdrum home. Having experienced the joys of sight-seeing in various smart cities across the nation, it is only natural that you would want to continue living vicariously as Marty McFly. Lucky for you, SECC knows exactly how to transform your living space into a futuristic and energy efficient smart home.
Smart grid technology is putting the power in your hands by making energy use more flexible, more dependable, and eco-friendly. New pricing plan options and technology such as mobile apps provide more control for how you consume energy and pay for energy. Coupled with energy efficient lighting and thermostats, to savvy appliances that shift their operation times to off-peak hours to better accommodate the electric grid, smart home gadgets are an additional key to ensuring smarter energy consumption. With the help of our 5 featured smart home gadgets, you can take your home from ordinary to extraordinary while also contributing to a more energy efficient world!
1. Nest – Smart Thermostat
Perhaps one of the very first things we do when returning home from a long day’s work is adjust the thermostat so that we can unwind and relax in a comfortable climate. Unfortunately, this routine practice can be detrimental to the efficiency of the electrical grid because millions of homeowners across the nation are engaging in this evening ritual around the same time. During this period of communal unwinding, the electric grid is in overdrive, trying to accommodate for the unyielding surge of energy demand that is occurring throughout the nation. With heating and air conditioning taking up almost half of household energy use, the Nest Smart Learning Thermostataids in the efficient stabilization of the power demand during peak demand hours by adjusting its operation times to offset the electric influx. With its built in auto-away feature, Nest saves energy by making note of your absence as to not consume unnecessary amounts of energy while you’re away. Since 2011, this nifty thermostat has saved over four billion kWh of energy in millions of homes worldwide! Even more exciting is the compatible phone app that helps to monitor the amount of daily and monthly energy Nest saves.