It seems everywhere you turn, you hear about ‘smart homes.’ Their popularity is based on the ideal mesh between being tech with being eco-responsible, but the biggest downside is the possible costs. Why, exactly, would you need to do to create a smart home for a better future?
The Benefits of Smart Homes
Since it’s one of the fastest-evolving home options, it means that the technology is constantly being developed more cheaply and easily. It’s also a more environmentally friendly home, which is cheaper in the long run. Look at just a few benefits:[starlist]
- Smart homes are multi-functional. They were originally designed with energy efficiency as a goal, and the technology as an extra plus.
- You can custom make your smart home to your lifestyle. If you travel a lot, you can control what happens in your house from a distance. If you have children, you can set ‘safe’ areas to warn them away from dangerous zones.
- Smart homes can fit virtually into any budget. The lowest cost of basic installations run around $2,000, and $1 million is the opposite end of the ‘deluxe’ spectrum.
- Have we mentioned how much money you’ll be saving? By not automatically running machines that aren’t being used, the self-regulating thermostats and the decreased wattage ensures less monthly spending.[/starlist]
Simplifying Your Life For the Better
Another nice aspect about smart homes: they don’t just conserve your energy bills- they conserve your energy. Most of the homes run on one automated system that you set to your needs. Imagine having everything shut on or off by one button. They also provide:[starlist]
- More health benefits. You don’t overheat your home, you don’t feel even more exhausted by running around before or after you get home to check the machines, and you have less stress worrying about family members (children or elderly parents, for example).
- More safety. You can install an alarm that lets you know if there’s a break-in, along with a video option to take a look in your home- when you’re away.
- More comfort. Smart homes almost take care of themselves, with the possibility of recharging gadgets wireless or not needing cords for kitchen appliances. They can be run by the central system.
- More ecological. You can add extras, like solar energy panels for heating water (which can be regulated by the central system). You’re also creating more clean energy, with more fuel-efficiency.[/starlist]
Smart homes aren’t for everyone right now, but they are the logical next step towards a better future. They combine the best of both worlds: ecology and technology. Who knows what new eco-tech steps they’ll come up with next, to make our homes more naturally good?