Do you remember the magical stories you had read as a child? The king claps and the door opens! The magician rolls his fingers, and there is light? Well, these are not just stories anymore. With the magic of the IoT or the Internet of Things, these can be a reality in your home too!
Why live an ordinary home when we can live smart without much effort and money? Welcome to smart automated and sustainable homes, the idea that changed the way we live and the way we behave towards our mother Earth.
Smart Sustainable Homes – What Does It Mean?
A smart home works on automation technologies. The interconnected system enables appliances to work on voice commands or via a smartphone app. This means you will be able to operate the system remotely as well.
In a smart home, all the electrical devices including lights, water tank, TV, set-top box, geysers, home theatre, etc. are connected to the central WiFi. This lets you control almost all the functions without having to physically switch the devices ON or OFF. Doesn’t it sound amazing?
While it makes our lives more efficient, smart home systems are also environment-friendly. Here is why:
1. Prevent wastage of electricity
As per a study, an Indian household with access to electricity consumes around 90 kWh of electricity every month on an average which is just a tenth of the usage in the USA and a third of the world’s electricity consumption on an average. Of the total consumption, much energy is wasted because we are careless with our usage. If electrical appliances are managed efficiently, it will be possible to reduce the consumption and wastage, thus making conserving energy for our future generations.
You can create an intelligent lighting system which will work when required and switch off when no one is in the room. You will also be able to control the lights from any other room or even from your office. There are also certain systems that come with sensors. For example, if there is enough sunlight in the room, the lights will get switched off automatically. It may also be able to sense if there are movements in the room and switch on or off the lights accordingly with the help of motion sensors. It means a smart home system will use electricity only when needed.
Since you no longer will be required to switch on or off lights or appliances physically, even if you forget to turn off lights or appliances, the smart home systems will help you control the lights as per your purpose and convenience, which will save precious energy.
Get the OakPlug (Mini or Plus) for your home to make your life easier while reducing your electricity bills. It is a simple device with amazing power. The smart plugs can automate your electrical devices which you can easily control through a mobile app. You can set on or off a timer and operate the smart plug remotely as well.
The smart plugs also have inbuilt protection against power surges. You can use voice control through Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
2. They help conserve water
Imagine drop by drop, bucket by bucket, how much water we waste in a single day! This happens at a time when there is an increase in droughts across the country and rivers and oceans are getting polluted beyond acceptable levels. A smart home system comes with intelligent features to help you conserve water.
An example is Oakter’s Tankbolt, an automatic water level controller. If you are living in an apartment building or a villa, the Tankbolt is the best solution to prevent water wastage. It can easily switch on or off the water pump as per the water availability. It comes with sensors to know when the tank is full or empty to help it switch on or off the pump. It also helps you modify all the settings using a mobile app which can be used by one or more users at a time.
3. They help you maintain a schedule
Be it your overhead or underground water tank, your geyser, lights or AC, keep them on a schedule, so you don’t have to worry about switching them on or off. It makes life easier and your home more eco-friendly as you are not contributing to careless wastage of precious energy.
4. Enter a home all ready to welcome you
Picture this: after a long day at your office and the never-ending traffic, all you want is to take a warm bath once you reach home. But you have to wait first for the geyser to work. Sounds frustrating? Don’t you worry!
In a smart home, you can switch ON the geyser from your car or the lift. Do you wish the air conditioner was on when you entered your home? That is possible too. Of course, the lights too can be switched on even before you step inside your home! Now, that is a welcome you have always wanted, isn’t it?
5. They help your appliances serve longer
Keeping your appliances switched on for long hours can affect their durability. Fans working even when no one is in the room, leaving the TV switched on without an audience isn’t healthy for your appliances and the environment either. The smart home systems take care of your devices through smart management. They will switch off the devices when not in use or when they are not needed. Its remote working features help when you realise after reaching your office that you have forgotten to switch off the AC or the geyser. All you have to do is open the mobile app and switch off the appliances. Did you hear these gadgets saying a soft ‘Thank you’ to you?
You can convert your existing home to a smart home using Oakter’s home automation systems. You can either install the complete home automation system which includes Oakter Smart Plugs, Oak Remote and Home Hub or buy individual items. All it will take is a few hours to install the system and it is affordable as well. You can also customise the system as per your requirements. Try it now!