Smart Homes: The Future is Now

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Since the era of The Jetsons, the idea of using advanced technology in your home to make life easier has been appealing to Americans. While we may not have the technology to create human-like housecleaning robots just yet, there’s no denying that many technological concepts previously considered to be Sci-Fi mumbo jumbo have come to fruition in recent years. Smart thermostats, smart TVs, smart lighting…the list goes on. It’s become easy for homeowners to connect several aspects of their home together to make one integrated system, which many find easier to control and maintain. Advanced technology allows homeowners the ability to monitor energy usage from a computer or smart phone, thus saving money and embracing an energy efficient lifestyle.

If you are interested in making your home a smart home, solar energy installation is a great place to start. A solar energy system can easily be integrated into any smart home configuration to power the devices in your home using a natural renewable energy source, the sun!

Pairing Your Solar System with Smart Home Features

It’s the obvious choice to pair solar energy with other advanced technology because solar is fundamentally the most affordable, technologically advanced energy source available to the average consumer. If you’re interested in cutting-edge technology for the home, solar energy has probably already ended up on your list. You can use solar panels and energy storage to increase your energy independence while monitoring the precise input and output of your system. If you’re the type of person who likes to know where your money is going every month (and who isn’t), the technology of a solar energy dashboard can show you everything you need to know.

Monitor Energy Usage on Another Level

Your smart home devices can help optimize the usage of the energy produced by your solar panels. As a Cedar Creek Energy solar client, not only will you have access to your solar dashboard to oversee the energy your panels are creating, you’ll also be able to use other systems to precisely monitor the usage of that energy throughout your home. For example, if your home is equipped with a smart lighting system, you’ll be able to study your usage monitoring program to see exactly how much you’re spending on lighting each month. You can then adjust your automated settings to ensure your home is being lit only when necessary to reduce your energy consumption.

Additional Energy Saving Smart Home Products

In addition to using solar for your home, there are a variety of other devices you can use to further monitor your energy consumption and maximize your monthly savings. For example, smart lighting can be adjusted depending on the time of day or the type of mood you want a room to have. Most smart lighting is also exceptionally energy efficient, making it a cheap and easy way to have more control over both your energy bills and the ambiance in your home. Some LED light bulbs can even change color!

Smart thermostats are another option for decreasing energy usage; they can regulate temperature more efficiently than a traditional thermostat to save you money on your heating and cooling costs. You can even set up sprinklers and other watering systems to keep your lawn and plants looking great without you having to remember to water them! The one common thread between smart home products is their ability to “learn” or remember the settings that work best for you and your family, whether you are concerned about energy consumption or simply creating the most comfortable home.

Making Your Smart Home a Reality

If you’re ready to create your own “home of the future,” you’ll want to enlist the help of trained professionals who are experienced in solar, LED lighting, and energy storage. You can get started creating your own smart home by contacting Cedar Creek Energy, a Minnesota solar energy company, to learn more about all the ways you can equip your home with the newest energy saving technology.

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