Before I set my smart home up, one of the things I was really concerned about was how much electricity a smart home would consume.
I mean - sure, a smart home seems cool and convenient now, but if it costs me an added $10 per month in utility bills, I don't think I could justify such a hefty annual expenditure!
To be honest, after getting settled into a smart home, the results are pretty impressive. My smart home actually consumes less energy than before!
Yeah, you heard me! It turns out a smart home for me led to more efficient energy usage, but it took some configuration, heres how I did it:
The storage water heater is automatically turned off when not required. Google home's routine function coupled with a Zigbee smart switch ensures my spouse and I never forget to turn it off!
I turn off unused appliances at the main power socket now because it's so convenient! This reduces the amount of standby current leakage from seldom used devices like your TV, Laptop, Standing Fans, etc. Going out? "Google just auto-off my non-essentials, thanks!"
A motion sensor automatically turns off my kitchen lights when I'm no longer in the kitchen. This means I'm less likely to forget to switch them off even when I have my hands full bringing food to the dining area.
No more appliances left running accidentally, when I rush out of the house. A simple, "Hey Google, bye bye" runs a routine that turns off devices that i may have forgotten. Best of all, I can turn them off from anywhere, which is helpful when I only remembered something at work!
How much actual savings are we talking about here?!
I started installing my smart home appliances in late February 2020 just as the Circuit Breaker measures were rolling in. Comparing 3 months of electricity consumption from before the smart home installation, to 3 months of electricity consumption after smart home installation this is the verdict:
TLDR; The Smart Home consumed an average of 168kWH less per month!
I use Keppel Electric's 36-month plan, with rates that are (if I recall correctly) 18.89 cents per kWH (incl. GST). So 168kWH is really:
A price average of $30 less per month!
Sure, it could have been an outlier, but it certainly was a much better outcome than previously expected!
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