I am a fan of technology for as long as I can remember. Now that I earn for myself, I enjoy splurging on gadgets, as per my whims and fantasies. Sometimes, it gives me enormous benefits, sometimes not. But today, I am going to share one of the biggest benefits I received because of my investments in innovative technologies.
Here, I would like to talk about home automation which is a subset of IoT technology. I was fascinated by the prospects of IoT when I first read about it. Soon, the market was filled with several IoT devices and platforms that are capable of converting any home into a smart home. I began scrounging for the best deals on home automation solutions, offline and online. And soon, I was able to find a system that suited my needs and budget.
I was eager to try home automation technology myself and within a week, made arrangements to transform my home into a smart home. My first reaction was of awe and admiration. I could control any device using my mobile phone and was even able to automate a lot of things like the timings when lights go on and off.
It was one day when I accidentally pondered upon a thought- that my home automation solution was helping me become more energy-efficient. How? Let me explain. Earlier, I used to leave two tube lights on when I used to leave for office. Also, I come late in the evenings and wanted my home to stay illuminated in my absence. With the help of home automation solution, now I could control every light in my home. I can turn it on and off remotely. My home automation system also gave me the ability to automate lighting systems.
Now, my tube lights get switched on, every day at sunset and get switched off by 10:00 pm. This has substantially brought down my electricity bills. And the best part? This is just the tip of a massive iceberg. I control other appliances and devices, too, with my home automation system.
Not only was I able to control lighting but other large appliances, too. I configured my automation system to control my air conditioning temperature. Earlier, I used to keep my AC on for the entire night. Now with the help of an air conditioner smart socket, I can control various functions using my mobile device, even when I am not home. I was able to configure sleep mode, monitor power consumption and create smart scenarios to automate air conditioning.
After three months of home automation system usage, I found that I was saving more than INR 500 per month owing to my decreased electricity consumption. Earlier I used to always argue with my electricity provider about my billing amount. Now I realized where the extra units were going- my ignorance and indifference to neglecting appliances and lights was leading to high consumption.
I was not only happy because of the financial savings but found that now I was more responsible towards the environment too. As my appliances stay switched on for a shorter time period, my carbon footprint has reduced.
My home automation system has drastically impacted how I use electronics around my home. No longer do I worry about electricity bills or forgetting to switch off an appliance when I am getting late. I control every aspect of my home on fingertips, giving me ultimate peace of mind, more money in my bank and satisfaction that I am doing my bit for the planet. If you are money and environment-conscious person, you should also think of installing a home automation system, today.11