Smart home living is about taking charge of your energy future. Today, your energy costs and energy sources are largely decided by utility executives and boards overseen by regulatory agencies and bureaucrats. How much do you pay for your energy? Is the energy produced with fossil fuels or renewable energy? What options do you have for maintaining power when the grid is down? How much will you pay for cleaning up your utility’s pollution or for a failed power plant project?
Three steps to controlling your energy future
To gain control, the journey includes
- Produce your own power
- Observe and manage your consumption
- Store your energy
The first step – produce your own power – has never been more affordable with various tax credits and utility rebates. Controlling your energy future meaning putting an end to the status quo, where you settle for buying all your energy from the utility. For most people, solar energy will be the best alternative for producing your own power.
The second step – manage your consumption – is about both monitoring your energy use and finding ways to make conscious choices or simply putting energy efficiency solutions into practice. This can be achieved with things like consumption monitoring as part of your solar system, smart thermostats as well as adding other solar based products to your home like solar attic fans and indoor solar lighting.
The final step to be effectively 100% in charge of your energy future would be to add energy storage. This allows you to store the solar power that you generated during the day to use at night. The energy storage also means you have power in case of power outages that impact your neighbors. The power in your battery comes from your own solar, not a noisy generator than can run out of fuel. To keep your essentials going when the grid can’t, solar and storage is the way to go.