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Archive for March 2011

Controlling Your World Part 1: Lighting

March 10, 2011

Shade Control

If you're like me, you may be getting a little sick of hearing the term "go green" or "green living" -- but there is an advantage to it.

Automation Systems are not solely about comfort and convenience anymore.  Sure, you can do some pretty amazing and impressive tasks when your systems and components work harmoniously, but the true advantage lies in the realized savings.  Plus, you can start with a basic system and add onto it as you like.

The facts about lighting.  Lighting can account for anywhere between 20 - 50% (or more) of total energy used in homes and offices.  For some buildings over 90% of lighting energy consumed can be an unnecessary expense through over-illumination!

KeypadsEnter the solution.  There are many ways to save energy throughout a home or office space; from dimmers, occupancy sensors and entire light control systems, to window solutions that manage daylight and help control heating and cooling costs.  Replace a single light switch with any dimmer and potentially save $30 a year (per dimmer).  For guaranteed savings, Lutron's line of eco-dim® solutions automatically reduces your energy by 15% or more.  Combine dimmers, timers, sensors, and window shades to maximize your energy efficiency.

Available for any location, new or existing.  The great thing about today's technology is that everything can be wireless.  In the past reliability was an issue, but technology has come a long way.  Lutron's RadioRA 2 is a wireless light control system that provides convenient and intuitive control of lights, shades, appliances, and temperature in a single room or throughout a whole home.  It installs easily, programs quickly, and operates reliably thanks to its highly reliable RF technology.  Plus, there is a design to match every decor.  For a brochure on Lutron's RadioRA 2 system, click here.

iPhoneIf it can't be measured, it can't be improved.  Keeping tabs on your energy consumption is key; the ability to monitor the energy you use is an extremely helpful tool in reducing your costs.  Even Google has entered the Green marketplace with Google PowerMeter.  There are so many awesome new products being developed that will offer complete connectivity at very reasonable prices.

Kermit was wrong when he said "It's not that easy being green" - it's easy now and it's only going to get easier!  Systems are completely scalable, and you can pay for your system in a relatively short period of time from the savings alone.  Plus, you'll love the controllability you'll experience.  Stay tuned for further info -- there's some exciting things on the horizon.

If you have any questions about the above topics, or for just some simple ideas on how to save money, please feel free to contact us.