We’re honored to welcome a blog post from the Soundworks Team, located in Armonk, New York, shedding some light on the harmonious relationship between solar panels and home automation to save you money and protect the environment.
While the household of the future may involve fewer hovercrafts than we expected, new home automation and alternative energy technologies are making the Jetsons look like the Flintstones. More homeowners are taking advantage of cutting-edge technology that not only allows them to manage their homes with the touch of a screen, but also offsets rising energy expenses.
Soundworks’s home automation systems can revolutionize the way you live, and also provide integral support for homeowners who want to take the next step in innovative and cost-effective energy alternatives by going solar. With apps from companies like Savant and Lutron, which allow smart home owners to control and manage energy consumption, home automation technologies can support your transition to solar energy. Solar energy tracking apps make it easy to view and modify your energy usage, as well as calculate your savings, while SunBlue Energy makes it easy to get your permits in order, your tax credits lined up and your solar panels installed!
Savant’s Climate Control features let you monitor the temperature in every zone to make sure everyone in the house is comfortable. With customizable schedules, you can even create pre-sets for every day of the week. Plus, you can lower the temperature in zones of your home remotely with a ‘Home Soon’ option that makes sure you’re never wasteful, and always comfortable. Lutron’s automated roller shades (made from sustainable materials) allow you to take advantage of the energy saving power of the sun by giving you the ability to lower shades in the summer to keep the home cool, raise them in the winter to warm up sunny rooms and protect furniture and décor from harmful UV rays – all from the touch of a button from your house, your work or even on vacation.
Smart homes can save you time and energy, and when combined with solar power, can increase the resale value of your home. In a market with high energy costs, more homebuyers are looking for cost-cutting alternatives. Almost half of future homebuyers already own smart home products, and recent research shows that solar-powered homes are selling at a premium of an added $15,000 across the board. Homebuyers see solar-ready homes as an investment towards a more sustainable and cost-effective future—combine that with the ease and efficiency of automation systems that manage energy usage, and you can optimize not only your house’s value, but also your quality of life.
Solar is the smart choice for saving money and energy, why not have a smart home to match? Contact Soundworks today, (914) 765-0461.
By combining smart home and solar technologies, homeowners can closely monitor their energy expenditures and benefit from the 30% federal and 25% state tax credit offered on solar installations through 2016. With solar energy accounting for between 60 and 85% of the average solar home’s energy consumption, an upgrade to home automation can further minimize costs while offering more control over your home’s energy expenses. Have a minute? Like Soundworks on Facebook to stay up-to-date with cutting edge home technology. –The SunBlue Team