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Smart home technology provides homeowners with security, comfort, energy efficiency and convenience. Here are some of the best reasons that why you should insist that your next home will be a smart home.

Efficiency: With one touch button or mobile phone application, you can operate your heating and cooling. This is not just an efficiency benefit but it will also help you save electricity.

Convenience: Having a smart home permits you to deal with many electronic gadgets and systems from over the house or over the world. Draw the shades, adjust the thermostat and monitor home camera.

Comfort: Smart homes make your life comfortable; you do not have to move all over the house to perform various functions. With smart devices, you can perform all household operations through applications while sitting comfortably on the sofa or in bed.

Peace of Mind: A smart home is also a major way to give peace of mind; you can utilize the smart device to check the door locks or the video feed from your home camera.

Customization: Smart homes also allow you to have electronic things the way you like to have them. You can have the shades drawn automatically at a certain time, adjust the thermostat at different times of day, etc.

Security: Smart locks and a smart camera helps you to make your pets, belongings and home are secure.

Utility Bills: A smart home will allow you to turn off lights and other electronic items even when you are in bed and going to sleep.

Saving the Planet:

Climate change can be overwhelming. The science is complex, and when it comes to future impacts, there are still a lot of unknowns. While real solutions will require action on a global scale, there are choices you can make in your day-to-day life to lessen your personal impact on the environment.

Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide – or greenhouse gas emissions – you release into the atmosphere, as an individual. Usually, the bulk of an individual’s carbon footprint will come from transportation, housing and food. The main man-made sources of carbon emissions are:

  1. Heating
  2. Electricity use
  3. Transportation
  4. Burning of fossil fuels
  5. Eating red meat

Efficiently managing or reducing the use of these five things will go a long way to securing the future of the planet. A huge benefit of smart home technology is its ability to conserve energy. From keeping track of your energy use to decreasing it through automation, some devices can help you lower the amount of water and electricity you use, which in turn reduces your home’s environmental impact. The best part? The process is completely effortless on your part, as smart home tech can be set up to learn your habits and to run efficiently with the planet in mind. Smart home technology helps you live more sustainably, without compromising style and comfort.

One of the most effective ways to begin thinking about how to reduce your carbon footprint is to reconsider how much, and how often, you travel. Everything from your daily commute (can you work from home on some days) to vacation travel.

Red meat can have up to 100 times the environmental impact of plant-based food. Beef gives off more than six pounds of carbon dioxide per serving per serving vs. about half a pound for rice, legumes carrots, apples or potatoes. Eating a vegetarian or pescetarian (seafood) diet are also likely to be better for the environment than a diet which includes a lot of meat. Americans waste around 40 percent of the food they buy. By planning more carefully, you can make a big difference.

Living a sustainable lifestyle help you reduce your carbon footprint and also help you save money and be healthy. It’s a win-win-win.


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