Going Green with Sustainable Smart Home Tech

March 9, 2021

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we’ve got “green” on our minds – and we’re not talking about shamrocks. Here at Phoenix Systems, we specialize in smart home technology and we often talk about how it can make life in our homes more convenient and comfortable. However, one of the most valuable benefits is how it can make your home more sustainable, with minimal effort on your part.

When you think about “going green” at home, you probably immediately consider tasks like turning off the lights when you leave a room, using less water, and unplugging devices when not in use. The problem, of course, for many of us, is that it can be a lot to remember and execute on a daily basis.

Smart home technology can simplify sustainability in your home with a few essential devices.

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Smart Thermostats

One of the most affordable smart devices you can introduce to your home, a smart thermostat can also be one of the most impactful. Devices like the Nest thermostat are designed to give you more control over your heater and air conditioning system. By customizing your system, you can turn your AC on or off when you aren’t home, adjust it from your mobile device, and even set up a schedule so that it’s automated for you. Some even take it a step further by using a “learning” feature to intuitively build a better schedule based on your routine, adjusting as you do.

These devices are especially useful for busy families who are always on the go. Smart thermostats can go a long way in saving energy costs, especially when transitioning through seasons. Truly smart devices can adapt to your needs, without you having to think about it all too much.

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Smart Lighting

Smart lighting is another simple and low-cost investment that can go a long way. Even better, there are quite a few options to choose from for a truly custom home experience. Start by identifying all of the light sources in your home and swapping out bulbs for smarter, more energy-efficient LED bulbs. These use way less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. 

By going a step further, with devices like smart switches and plugs, you can easily manage your home’s light remotely from your phone – making sure they are never left running unnecessarily. Similar to smart thermostats, these lights may also be automated to run on a schedule, saving energy when you’re out at work, and coming on to greet you when you arrive home. 

Smart Water Protection

There’s more to water conservation than shutting off the faucet while brushing your teeth. Technology like Alarm.com’s Smart Water Valve+Meter can help to track your water usage, notifying you when your consumption has been excessive. That way, you’ll know if you need to cut down shower time, if a toilet is running, or identify other areas of wastage. Plus, you can ahead by detecting leaks and shutting them down before they become much bigger problems.

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Integrate and streamline

A smart home system truly helps you thrive when the pieces fit seamlessly together. By integrating your devices and features through a hub like Alarm.com (with, of course, home security at the core) you can set your home up for efficiency with a single tap. Scenes are a simple and powerful way to streamline your home routine. For example, by simply customizing and selecting your “Goodnight” scene, all of the lights can turn off while the thermostat adjusts to keep you cozy and devices like the TV power down for the night. Remember, your smart home system can save you both time and energy!

Ready for a smarter home?

Reach out to us at 678-566-2640 or sales@phoenixsystems.tv and a Phoenix Rep will be happy to discuss your needs and options!

Lighting is an essential and powerful element of any home’s design. When designed with intention, lighting can not only make your home feel warmer and more welcoming, but it can increase productivity, highlight your favorite areas of your house, and add character. Plus, choosing the right bulbs and fixtures from your home can impact energy efficiency. 

There are four main types of lighting you should keep in mind when designing or revamping your home. Each serves its own purpose and comes in a variety of options.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting provides the overall illumination and sets the mood for a room. Typically, it floods the room with lighting from above, from ceiling-mounted lights and ceiling fans. Wall sconces can also provide enough lighting to brighten a room.

Of course, ambient lighting can come in a variety of styles which can work well in larger rooms like kitchens and living rooms. Ceiling lights can be dome-shaped flushed fixtures, or recessed lights for a sleeker and more minimal look. They can be a part of a ceiling fan or stand alone for a bold statement-making chandelier. Or, tall floor lamps can provide excellent ambient lighting, especially in rooms with high ceilings.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is more dedicated to style than function. With the use of directional track lights or spotlights, you can guide the eyes toward artwork or architectural elements within your home that deserve special attention.

This type of lighting can add character to your home, setting the stage for your favorite spaces and pieces to shine. Options like cove lighting can be installed near your tray ceiling or crown molding to bring those features to life.

Task Lighting

There are a lot of tasks and activities we perform in our homes on a daily basic. From cooking and preparing your morning coffee to reading, writing, and working at home. Task lighting can illuminate the necessary areas for you to do your best work. 

Under-cabinet lighting is a great way to brighten up the counter tops when you’re prepping meals, while also highlighting your beautiful backsplashes, countertop décor, coffee bar, and more. Then, when it’s time to settle in for the night, task lighting by your bedside can help you crack open a good book to wind down.

Natural Lighting

Never underestimate the power of natural lighting within your home. Sunlight streaming in through your windows can instantly make a home feel more welcoming and comfortable. Of course, while we have no power over the sun outside, we can manage the ways we incorporate it into our lighting design through smart shading.

With a variety of fabric options, you can let just enough light in to brighten your home, while also controlling unnecessary glares, or even keeping your bedroom dark and cozy.

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Get Smarter About Lighting

The lighting in your home should feel intuitive and comforting, not cumbersome and overwhelming. With so many lights in your house, it can help to integrate them all into your smart home system. This way, you can manage them all from a single app, or even automate them based on your routines and energy-management needs. Smart lighting systems can even make your home safer, so you never come home to a dark house, and you can deter intruders while you’re on vacation.

 Phoenix Systems offers free consultations with our smart home pros to help design and install lighting solutions that work for you.