Heating and lighting account for over 80% of energy use in many homes; with our system, we can sync your home and lifestyle and create savings at the same time. The Fibaro Home Controller has advanced energy monitoring and conservation features, where the power consumption of devices can be measured, recorded and displayed in an easy to understand format. Inefficient energy use can be identified and the system can be set up to reduce this.
Heating & Hot Water
Each room in your home can be heated separately, allowing unoccupied rooms to be set at lower temperatures. Thermostats or temperature sensors can be installed in each room and the temperature and heating schedules can be managed via your smartphone or tablet. Door/window sensors can also be connected so that the heating can be turned off if a window in a room is open for longer than a set time.
The hot water can also be managed, either by having a required temperature or by using a schedule.
Upgrading your home lighting is a big thing at the moment, with a drive towards energy efficient LED light sources, including RGB LED light strips, allowing you to get more creative with lighting and save money. The other ways to reduce your lighting bills are with dimming and turning off any unneeded lights. The Fibaro Dimmer and Relay Switch modules can easily be fitted in many standard wall boxes and enable existing switches to be upgraded to remote/scene control.
Some examples of energy saving scenes are:
- You can use the Fibaro motion sensor to detect if a room is in use, and if no movement is detected for a set period of time, the lights will automatically turn off.
- A scene can be programmed that will turn off the main lights in your family room, dim the ambient lights and turn on the coloured RBG lights to whatever colour you choose. This could also be connected with an Amazon Echo, meaning you'd only have to say the phrase "Alexa, turn on mood lighting" and the scene would play.
- Garden and driveway lights can be programmed to turn on at specific times, say dusk to 11:30pm.
- A Fibaro button can be placed in the hall, allowing you to turn off all lights in the house on your way out the door.
- Reduce the maximum dimming: If you set a halogen light to 100% brightness and reduce it by 1% at a time, you'll only notice the lamp getting dimmer at about 80%, which is different for each type of light source. Even though our eyes can't notice this difference, your electricity meter will notice the difference in power usage. So by reducing the maximum dimming level of the Fibaro dimmer to 80%, you could save up to 20% on your lighting bill.
- You could install a door/window sensor on the pantry door, so when the door is opened the lights will come on and turn off again once the door is closed. On top of the energy saving, this could be very convenient if you have your hands full of shopping bags.
- Another great money saving solution would be to have a spending cap on a device. For example, using a smart plug on your tumble dryer, the exact amount of power being used can be monitored, and thus the exact monetary cost this device has incurred in a day can be calculated. Using this, a notification could be sent to your device or the tumble dryer could automatically turn off if too much has been spent.