by Zachary Shahan
The folks at My Alarm Center recently put together a pretty spiffy infographic on some of the awesome benefits of home automation, and what home automation technologies can do.
Some of the facts that surprised me:
A light bulb can last 2.28 years (or 20 times) longer when dimmed 50%.
56% of the average home energy bill comes from heating and cooling.
Of course, beyond the potential energy benefits, the other noted uses and benefits are also very cool. As far as other cool stats, I was also struck by the fact that:
People with home automation see home insurance savings of 20% (on average) or $1,154 a year.
1.8 million home automation systems were installed in the US last year (far more than I would have guessed).
12 million home automation systems are expected to be installed in the US by 2016.
It all makes sense. With the growth of smartphones and tablets, people are feeling more comfortable with such remote and sophisticated technologies. They are even coming to expect them. I can definitely see the home automation growth trend increasing fast in the coming years.
Any of you have experience with home automation technology, or any further thoughts on this side of cleantech?
About the Author
Zachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he’s the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.