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Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Home Automation |

Can home automation lower your electricity bill?

Can home automation lower your electricity bill?

First things first, what is home automation? Home automation is the automatic control of household features and appliances. It brings all of the plugs, knobs, and switches in your home together so they can be controlled by one device. We’ve all forgotten to turn off the lights in the upstairs bathroom or left the coffee pot on when we’re rushing out the door. Home automation eliminates that; it enables you to save time and money by planning and controlling your home’s electronics and appliances. So how can it help lower my electric bill? The easiest way to lower your electrical bill is to use less electricity. From thermostats to light switches, home automation can control your appliances remotely or on a timer, so your lights and appliances will go off, even if you’re not there to flip the switch.   1. Turn down the heat when you’re not home Save electricity with automated temperature control Do you ever go to bed freezing, crank up the heat, and then wake...

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Lighting |

4 Easy Ways to Make Your Christmas Lights More Green This Holiday Season

4 Easy Ways to Make Your Christmas Lights More Green This Holiday Season

The holidays are right around the corner. Between lights on the house and tree, multiple trips to and from the airport, and gifts for everyone on your Christmas list, your spending and environmental impact keeps going up while the numbers in your bank account keep doing down. Reduce your electric bill and give Mother Earth a present this Christmas: follow these easy steps to make small changes with big impact this holiday season. 1. Replace that old string of lights that’s missing half the bulbs anyway Choose LED lights instead of incandescents for your house and tree Light Emitted Diode (LED) lights use only one tenth of the amount of electricity incandescent bulbs use. They last nearly 50 times longer which means you won’t need to buy another string for several Christmases. The bulbs also won’t burn out so you won’t have to redecorate your whole tree when one bulb starts to flicker. Think about it: the same holiday cheer with one-tenth of the electrical bill? Sounds like a...

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