Winter is officially here, which means shorter, colder days are ahead for the next few months for those of us who call Michigan home. 

And with the arrival of the bitter cold and darker-for-longer days comes an increase in our utility usage. After all, we’re spending more time indoors, turning on lights and cranking up the heat to keep us cozy for more hours every day. 

That’s where smart technology steps in to help. Here are fifteen ways smart technology can help you to save energy at home this winter.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is energy conservation?

Energy conservation is preventing wasteful usage of energy, particularly in order to continue its availability to those who need it in the future. It’s the practice of using less energy in order to share the resource with others as needed. It does have other benefits as well, such as cutting back on energy costs and reducing the level of pollution put off by conventional energy sources. 

What are the benefits of saving energy at home?

There are a variety of benefits to saving energy in the home. The first and most obvious is as a cost-effective measure to saving money. But conserving energy at home also reduces the level of harmful emissions given off in the atmosphere, producing an overall higher quality of life and cleaner air quality for all. Saving on home energy also helps us to sustain the limited resources we have in the world. 

How can smart technology save energy in the home?

Different types of smart home technology will have different energy saving benefits, depending on your goals as a homeowner. For example, smart lights and smart plugs can be scheduled to turn on and off based on your daily habits, and can use geofencing technology to automatically turn off when you leave the home. Smart appliances consume less energy, and smart thermostats can cut almost half of the energy use heating and cooling accounts for in the home.

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