Learn How To Save Energy The
Smarthome Way
The average home spends almost $2,000 on energy costs every year. Lower your energy
bills and improve comfort by making your home more energy efficient. The average
household could cut a third of its current energy bill by switching to energy-efficient
appliances, equipment and lighting. From lighting to thermostat control products,
Smarthome offers a variety of products that homeowners can purchase to begin saving on
energy costs today.

HOW WE USE ENERGY IN OUR HOMES
HEATING & COOLING

As you can see in Figure 1, nearly half of a typical utility bill goes towards heating and cooling in
a typical house. A programmable thermostat offers the flexibility and power to control the
climate in your home efficiently to save energy and lower energy bills.
With a programmable thermostat, you can set the
temperature to different levels during set times
throughout the week. For example, during the winter,
you can set the inside temperature to a lower level
when you are at work and the house is unoccupied.
This can save you nearly $150 on your yearly utility
bills -- depending on climate, home insulation and other
factors.
With home automation technology, like INSTEON, you can lower the thermostat setting and
also turn off all the lights and appliances in your home by hitting a single preprogrammed
button on the way out the door.
LIGHTING

While 34% of a typical energy bill goes toward lights and appliances, a full 25% of the utility bill
is actually spent on just lights. Reduce your energy usage by simply turning off lights when
you don't need them with automatic timers and motion detectors. You can also use light
dimmers to reduce wattage and output to save energy.

Automatic timers: Program timers to turn on holiday and/or porch lights after sunset and off
at bedtime.

Motion Sensors: Never forget to turn lights off by using motion sensors that automatically turn
off lights when a room is left unoccupied for a long period of time - perfect for garages,
hallways and bathrooms. Occupancy sensors can cut lighting costs by as much as 50%.

Light Dimmer: You often do not need the full brightness of lights in a room, especially in the
den while watching TV or having a romantic meal in the dining room. Use INSTEON
technology to preset brightness levels to match the occasion.

Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs: It only takes 18 seconds to change a light bulb. Save money and
energy by swapping your existing incandescent bulbs for energy-efficient compact fluorescent
lights (CFLs). For the same amount of light, the CFLs use up to 75% less energy and also
last 10 times longer, according to Home Energy Saver. Click here to see our fluorescent bulbs
and LEDs.
 
Automatic timers: Program timers to turn on holiday and/or porch lights
after sunset and off at bedtime.
Motion Sensors: Never forget to turn lights off by using motion sensors
that automatically turn off lights when a room is left unoccupied for a
long period of time - perfect for garages, hallways and bathrooms.
Occupancy sensors can cut lighting costs by as much as 50%.
Light Dimmer: You often do not need the full brightness of lights in a
room, especially in the den while watching TV or having a romantic
meal in the dining room. Use INSTEON technology to preset
brightness levels to match the occasion.
Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs: It only takes 18 seconds to change a light
bulb. Save money and energy by swapping your existing incandescent
bulbs for energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). For the
same amount of light, the CFLs use up to 75% less energy and also
last 10 times longer, according to Home Energy Saver.
POOL PUMPS

Your pool pump uses more energy than most of your home appliances. So
why pay to run it more than you need to? No need to run the pump for 6 to
8 hours a day: Install a timer to control the pump’s cycling and only run the
pump for 3 hours per day for short cycles during the day to prevent debris
from collecting and keep the pool clean all day. This will garner up to 60%
savings on your energy bill.
POOL HEATING
Water heating accounts for 13% of the energy consumed in your
home. Drastically reduce your bill by installing a solar pool heater. These
affordable and environmentally friendly heaters channel the energy of
the sun to heat your pool to a comfortable temperature.
CONSERVE WATER

In addition to energy savings, you can save on your water bill by using
an automatic irrigation system. Using the Cyber-Rain (pictured to the
right), you can have the sprinkler system run depending upon local
weather conditions or not at all if rain is expected. You can even monitor
water usage, program schedules and more directly from your computer.
Smarthome solutions not only make your life safer, more convenient and
more fun, they can also help you to save energy and money. As a
member of the
Flex Your Power energy efficiency campaign, we can
show you how to be a friend to the environment and your wallet through
energy conservation.