As much as we love 3D TVs, music streaming solutions, and playing Angry Birds, there's been one particular sector that feels neglected compared to the rest; energy management. With tablets and smartphones gradually becoming the norm, is 2011 the year to invest power monitoring solutions for your home? We certainly think so.
5 REASONS TO INVEST IN POWER MANAGEMENT:
- You want to be more energy efficient.
- It's never been easier.
- (Almost) Everything's got WiFi now.
- It's cheap.
- It'll save you money in the long run.
According to surveys collected by Pike Research and the Shelton Group, there has been a growing consumer interest in higher energy efficiency over the past few years. After speaking to 1,000 adults in the U.S., nearly 47% favored some form of home energy management, and 44 percent smart appliances, outpacing demand response and smart meters
Control4 home control systems, among many others, plan to integrate tightly with other appliances around the house, while providing access points on many of the smart-devices we own today including the iPhone and iPad. Additionally, because architects and commercial builders have taken so much interest in "LEED" certified buildings these days, sensor devices less expensive and of better quality than ever.
While it's still up in the air if gas and electric prices will skyrocket over the next few years (please restrain from starting a debate about this), the overall savings will more or less improve over time as you realize which home appliances take up the most energy and kicking them to the curb in place of newer, more efficient ones. Then again, be wary of the expected life span of your tech products so don't throw things away simply because it consumers 10-20 watts more than the new one!
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