Using smart technology to manage energy savings

Nest smart thermostat on eco setting

Today’s growing array of smart home appliances and technologies have slowly but steadily changed our homes and lifestyles. The increased reliance on so many devices has new implications for home energy use and efficiency. So how can we save energy when we are using more electronic devices than ever before?

The answer may lie with some of those same electronic devices that have become indispensable to modern living. In many cases, energy savings is a touchscreen away as more apps enable you to monitor energy use. From the convenience of your mobile device, smart technologies can maximize your ability to manage electricity use across several platforms— controlling your thermostat, appliances, water heater, lighting, home electronics and other devices. One of the easiest ways to make an impact on energy efficiency is with a smart thermostat, like Nest and Ecobee models.

Using your mobile device, you can view and edit your thermostat schedule and monitor how much energy is used and make adjustments accordingly. For example, program your thermostat for weekday and weekend schedules so you are not wasting energy when no one is home. Check and adjust the program periodically to keep pace with changes in household routines.

You can also ensure efficiency by purchasing ENERGY STAR-certified appliances. Many new appliances include smart-technology features such as refrigerators that can tell you when maintenance is required or when a door has been left open. New washers, dryers and dishwashers allow you to program when you want the load to start. This means you can program your task for off-peak energy hours— a smart choice if your electric rate is based on time of use.

Regardless of your level of technical expertise with electronic devices, Wake Electric can provide guidance on energy savings based on your account information, energy use, local weather patterns and additional factors unique to our community.

Smart thermostats like Nest and Ecobee:

  • Allow schedule management from your phone
  • Automatically optimize energy use

ENERGY STAR-certified appliances:

  • Can send maintenance reminders to your phone
  • Offer time-based programming to save on energy use

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