In the first part of this article series we’ve been talking how you can measure electrical power consumption and discover when you have energy peaks. The information you’ve gathered can be used to find electrical devices that consume a lot of power and which could most likely be replaced by energy efficient devices. You can also find out which electrical device use a lot of electricity and maybe you can use this device in the evenings or weekends when electricity is cheaper. In this article you’ll learn how you can use NETIChome to save even more energy thus reducing your energy bills.
The NETIChome thermostat looks like your existing home thermostat but under the hood it’s an advance, fully programmable smart thermostat. One of the easiest way to save energy is to reduce the temperature one hour before you are going to sleep or when you leave your home for a longer period of time during the day.
When you use NETIChome you can easily setup a schedule when the temperature should be decreased or increased.
Additionally to the automated schedules you can make a manual executable scene, lets say leaving home and coming home. These schedules then can be executed manually either via the NETIChome web interface or via the app on your smartphone. E.g. 30 minutes before leaving the house you execute the scene leaving home this scene will reduce the temperature in your house with a few degrees. When you plan to come home from your work, you execute the coming home scene which will increase the temperature in your home to a previous set temperature, ensuring that your house is nice and warm when you come home.
Individual temperature control
Another great way to reduce your energy bill is to have individual temperature control. Each room in your house will be individually controlled by it’s own thermostat and thus the temperature can be controlled individually for that room. The easiest way achieve this is to put a NETIChome Radiator Thermostat knob on your radiator or floor heating. Once you’ve setup this you can turn off heating or manage the temperature in each room individually from your browser or your android phone or iPhone.
You could have the rooms that you don’t use set to a lower temperature then the rooms you use often then when it gets colder outside the temperature in the “empty” rooms increase with a degree, ensuring that the house is warm and not often used rooms are not overheated.
If you are using the following NETIChome modules you get the option to add an extra temperature sensor in your rooms helping you to create even better automation triggers and scenarios: dimmer, double on/off, on/off and shutter module.
Keeping the heat inside
Good isolation helps you with energy saving since less heat is “leaked” when you do proper isolation. One of the places in your home where heat leak occurs is at windows, this is due to the properties of glass, obvious using double or triple isolated glass will reduce the heat leak but you can do more. If you put a shutter on the outside of your window and/or window covering from the inside you reduce the heat leak.
Using the NETIChome shutter module you can open and close your shutter automatically on certain times or triggers such as at sunrise or sunset or at a temperature change.