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Front Page - Friday, July 14, 2023

Smart home tech that enhances home efficiency

If you’re like me, looking at your energy bill in the summer and winter months really makes you consider making some of those energy efficient upgrades. Homeowners want energy efficient homes, whether it’s to save money or reduce their carbon footprint, and smart home tech can help.

But where do you start? In a recent article in Realtor Magazine, Brandon Doyle listed five technology advancements that can improve a home’s convenience and efficiency for those who want to optimize the comfort of their home while reducing their carbon footprint:

Smart thermostats

Let’s start with one of the most-adopted components: the smart thermostat. This device is the peak of intuitive design, offering a level of control and efficiency that goes far beyond what we thought possible when central heat and air was invented.

Smart thermostats adjust the temperature based on our daily habits, ensuring comfort while minimizing energy use. Further, their remote control aspect means homeowners can access them from anywhere in the world.

The savings on energy bills are often substantial, and the positive environmental impact is a win-win result.

Smart lighting

The intelligence of our homes doesn’t stop at temperature control. Smart lighting gives homeowners power over ambiance and energy consumption.

These systems, which use smartphone apps or voice commands, let homeowners easily adjust lighting to suit their mood, the time of day or specific tasks. More importantly, they significantly reduce energy waste, as lights can be automatically turned off when no one is in the room.

Plus, smart lighting systems often utilize LED bulbs, which consume far less energy than their traditional counterparts.

Smart shades

These nifty installations offer a seamless blend of comfort, efficiency and style. Some automatically adjust throughout the day, tracking the sun to optimize natural light and heat gain in a room or home.

Others have the option to set a timer to lower shades at specific times, which also helps keep a home at a comfortable and efficient temperature. These shades are particularly advantageous for hard-to-reach windows, since they can be controlled remotely.

Smart irrigation

Efficiency in smart home tech isn’t important only inside the home. Smart irrigation systems ensure the yard gets the attention it needs.

These systems are far superior to traditional sprinkler timers because they take into account real-time weather conditions to avoid unnecessary watering.

Sensors that come with complete systems or that can be added to existing systems also reduce water use by watering based on plants’ needs rather than a set timer. These key features not only save a significant amount of water but also ensure optimal plant health.

Smart energy meters

Innovative products like the Sense energy monitor are the unsung heroes of home efficiency. These devices provide real-time insights into your home’s energy usage by monitoring electricity consumption at the appliance level.

With this knowledge, homeowners can identify energy-hogging appliances or unusual power consumption patterns. These insights help homeowners make informed decisions about energy usage, leading to potentially significant savings and a smaller carbon footprint.

Thanks for these great tips, Brandon. Understanding these benefits and communicating them to clients can provide a significant competitive edge. And for the homeowner, the advantages of smart home technology make the initial investment well worth it, adding not only to the value of the property but also to the quality of life within it.

Realtors can help give insight into making your most valuable investment more energy efficient. That’s Who We R.

Founded in 1912, Greater Chattanooga Realtors is the voice for real estate in Greater Chattanooga. A regional organization with more than 2,700 members, Greater Chattanooga Realtors serves Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia. The association is one of approximately 1,100 local associations and boards of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors. Greater Chattanooga Realtors owns and operates a multiple listing service, which is one of approximately 600 MLSs in the country and services more than 3,000 users. Local association membership consists of Realtors servicing the Greater Chattanooga area and specializing in a variety of disciplines – appraisal, commercial, industrial, land, multifamily, property management and residential. Working alongside Realtors are our affiliate members, who represent related industries in sympathy with the objectives of the association. Our affiliate members include mortgage lenders, home inspectors, title and closing services, pest inspection and control and insurance.