What appliances cost the most on your utility bill
Each household is different, but here is an average rank of how energy consumption is split between the home, starting with the most energy consumed.
- Air conditioning and heating
- Water heating
- TV and Media
The expenditure on each area varies depending on several factors such as the time of year, the number of occupants of the home and how much time they spend in the home. Expenditure also depends on the activities of the occupants of the home, such as gaming.
There are devices and gadgets available that can help to reduce the energy consumption and cost for each of these specified areas.
Using LED bulbs in all lighting is a simple method to reduce energy usage within the home. Smart sockets can ensure that media and entertainment devices refrain from using energy once fully charged. Further, smart thermostats can ensure that your home remains a comfortable temperature when occupied, but that energy will not be wasted when no one is at home.
What are smart appliances
Smart appliances are becoming more and more popular, with most households now owning some form of smart technology. Smart appliances can connect with each other and can be controlled from a central device such as a phone or laptop.
Most smart appliances within the home work by connecting home automation devices to your home network via WIFI. You can then access and manage these devices through an app.
There are many smart devices available, both in and out of the home. Some examples of smart devices include: home smart devices are smart doorbells, smart locks, smart thermostats, smart sockets and smart refrigerators. All of these appliances help automate your home to make your living experiences more streamlined and enjoyable.
Smart technology is often more expensive than conventional appliances. However, they are often produced with durable technology and will lead to greater longer term savings due to effective management of energy usage within the home.
Benefits of smart appliances
Managing your devices
With smart appliances you can manage the running of your home with great ease and convenience. You can check what is going on in your home while you are out and prepare your home ready for your return. Some of the most modern smart appliances have even been built with the ability to process your general daily routines and automatically respond to your needs.
Being able to manage your home devices without being there adds extra peace of mind for when you have busy days. You can make sure your home is safe and any unused appliances are turned off from wherever you are.
Smart appliances can record their own energy consumption and inform you of when they are using the most energy. Some appliances can also learn when they are not in use and respond by turning off to ensure they are not being wasteful.
Conserving energy is a great way to save money. When appliances are turned off when needed and measures are taken to reduce energy consumption in the home, you can make significant savings on your Direct energy utility bill.
Flexibility for new appliances
Smart home systems are usually very flexible when accommodating other appliances and technologies. This can be convenient when updating your home and its systems because the set up of your home will already be well-prepared.
Improved performance and functionality of appliancesSmart homes have also been shown to enable appliances to be more sophisticated and operate more effectively. For example, a smart oven can help you with your cooking and timings and a smart TV can help you to find channels and media content that is best suited to your preferences.