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SMART HOME: AWARENESS AND IMPORTANCE OF ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Managing environments through Smart living and being aware of energy consumption, means being able to run the functions of the systems in place in a simple way; any time and anywhere you are.


Being sufficiently aware of energy consumption is a crucial issue of the historic moment we are currently living through. The focus is on the growing urgency to save as much energy as possible, not only in the industrial sector but also within our homes. The implication is not exclusively financial but has its roots in environmental problems. As long as energy production remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels, we will have to deal with the inevitable excess carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. This in turn leads to an associated increase in the greenhouse effect which, as we know, is the main cause of the ongoing climate crisis and its consequences.
 

Energy saving: the importance of our contribution

Fortunately, the road to using renewable energy sources has already been mapped out. Indeed, in this transition period we can all provide an important contribution through the choices we make on a daily basis. Proper energy efficiency of our homes and the equipment we use in them would allow us all to save a considerable amount of energy, to the benefit of the environment and our household economy.
The first action to be taken is to adopt simple measures in our daily lives, starting with the good habit of choosing low-energy lighting sources, to replacing obsolete appliances with the latest-generation devices offering A+++ energy class.

In recent years, significant support for the proper management of domestic energy consumption has also been provided, through the development of increasingly intelligent technologies designed for the home.


How to use the Internet of Things to manage energy consumption

The Smart Home concept goes hand in hand with the Internet of Things (IoT). In practice, the Internet of Things allows different types of physical objects to be connected to the Internet, transforming them into “intelligent” devices. This provides the user with a variety of advantages, from easier use to optimisation of the device functions.

IoT devices work very effectively - in fact, they are able to collect information and carry out specific actions, by communicating with other devices. This way, the user can not only monitor and control the appliances remotely, but is also given access to data that he or she may not otherwise be aware of.

Integrating the Internet of Things with summer and winter air conditioning and lighting systems in your home guarantees substantial benefits, not only in terms of home comfort but also in terms of energy savings.


Smart home device functions

IoT devices for your home are generally managed through specific apps, which can be downloaded on your Smartphone or tablet. The user can also access these apps remotely, and carry out a series of operations on their household appliances.

In a simple and efficient manner, you can make use of an intelligent thermostat. This allows users to control the temperature of their environments, setting them as is most suitable to their needs, without wasting energy unnecessarily. An app can also be used with this, providing:

  • thermostat control;

  • operational status display;

  • weekly programme scheduling;

  • geolocation function, to influence the device’s behaviour based on its position (displaying temperature and humidity trends and receiving notifications in real time on the operating status of the system).

In the case of a boiler or a Smart air conditioner, you can use the app to monitor how long it has been turned on, for example, allowing you to keep energy consumption under control at all times.

Continuous consumption testing is usually available for the vast majority of IoT household appliances. There are also innovative systems capable of connecting the various Smart devices present in a home to each other, thus giving rise to integrated operation.

The ability to access a large amount of information also allows you to plan targeted actions to reduce waste. For example, in the event of excessive power requirements, the user may decide to disconnect the devices whose operation is not required at that time.

By taking advantage of the Internet of Things in connection with photovoltaic systems, you can instead obtain maximum optimisation of energy savings. In this case, the appliances can be turned on when the energy - generated free of charge by the sun - is at the highest level of production.

In short, the development of Smart Home technologies have revolutionised everyday life within our homes, making it possible to control consumption and make energy savings that we were previously unaware of. 

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