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Automation Statistics

Every day, precious resources that took two billion years to accumulate are used and at a pace much faster than they are formed.  In an effort to reduce carbon emissions and preserve those resources, we offer solutions for nearly everything that plugs into power and gas and can offer a bit of help with water use to maintain your landscape as well.

  • According to the US Green Building Council, buildings are responsible for 39 percent of all U.S. energy consumption.
  • The average household in the U.S. wastes about $1,000 each year in electricity – IEA
  • Household energy consumption by category:
    • Heating and Cooling – 56%
    • Lighting – 15%
    • Appliances, Eletronics, Other - 15%
    • Water Heating – 14%
  • Studies have shown that feedback/awareness of energy consumption alone can yield an average 10 percent to 15 percent reduction in consumption, often far exceeding 20 percent. It's often called "The Prius Effect."

Phantom Power

Phanton power, also known as vampire power, is the consumption of power by electronics while in standby mode but often thought of as off.  These items include things like TV’s, DVD players, coffee makers, cell phone chargers, etc.  We provide solutions that automatically cut power to these sources completely when it suits your lifestyle thereby saving energy, money and emissions output without giving up a thing. 

  • If half of CA’s households unplugged five items using standby power over 900 kilowatt-hours of electricity would be saved and CO2 emissions would be cut by 330,000 tons per year. – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • Phantom power is responsible for wasting an estimated $4 billion in the U.S. annually and this figure could rise by 20 percent by 2010. - DOE
  • The average American home has approximately 20 to 40 electronics plugged in that abuse phantom power. - DOE
  • Current estimates claim 5-15% of household energy use is attributable to phantom loads and may increase to 20% by 2010. – DOE
  • The US consumes 26% of the world's energy. Of that, approximately 5% is phantom power, or between 200 and 400 terawatt hours…roughly as much electricity as the entire country of Italy consumes in a year – US Berkely
  • Globally 1% of CO2 emissions is from standby power (2-3% is air travel). In the US alone, that’s equal to the combined annual production of dozens of power plants. - IEA
  • If all phantom loads in US homes were stopped, we could shut down 17 power plants.
  • In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.
  • A microwave oven may use more power collectively when turned off than when cooking food.
  • Shade control may be used in total for only a minute or two a day but draws hundreds of watts of power collectively the rest of the day.
  • Only 5% of the power drawn by cell phone chargers are actually used to charge phones. The other 95% is wasted when you leave it plugged into the wall, but not into your phone.
  • A plasma TV uses, on average, 35 watts - when OFF.

Heating and Cooling

Accounting for over 50% of the energy consumed by an average home, heating and cooling systems provide excellent opportunity for savings.  Our complete system goes far beyond pre-timed events of a programmable thermostat.  Learn more.

  • The average home spends about $1900/yr on energy.  Heating and cooling account for more than half of the energy usage. - Energy Star
  • Save up to 10% a year with a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature…for the hours the house is unoccupied. -Alliance to Save Energy
  • In CA, home air conditioning accounts for up to 70% of residential peak electricity demand during the summer months.
  • Use fans instead of air conditioners and save 80 to 90% on cooling costs.
  • Heating and cooling savings % gained through setback is greater for buildings in milder climates than for those in more severe climates.
  • Consumers can save about 2% on heating bills for every degree thermostats are turned down – CEE

Lighting

Lighting might be the most fun category for applying energy saving control because with it, you also gain the capability to create a dramatic difference to your surroundings with scenes and dimming control.  This type of command over your lighting can provide just the right amount for reading or preparing food and with the touch of a button can set the perfect mood for entertaining, a movie or a romantic dinner.

  • Dimming your lights 25%, will reduce your lighting energy usage by over 20% and will extend bulb life by 4 times.
  • It costs about $7.75 to generate one watt of electricity from solar power but a mere 35 cents to conserve one watt with a single dimmer, assuming routine dimming of 15 percent. - Dr. Ian Rowbottom
  • Compared to dimming, the cost per watt is four times more for coal and wind power, eight times more for nuclear power and 22 times more for solar. - Dr. Ian Rowbottom
  • If every switch in every home in the U.S. were replaced with a dimmer, the negawatt savings would be 421 billion kilowatt hours per year, or the equivalent of 52 large coal-fired power plants. - Dr. Ian Rowbottom

Water

While many water conservation choices are up to you such as taking shorter showers, using efficient faucets and shower heads or running the washing machine and dishwasher only when full, we can help with controlling your landscape irrigation.  Our most advanced technology can monitor water use and deliver automatic smart irrigation which can water your plants as needed based on what they are, where they are and current weather patterns.

  • Average household water use annually: 127,400 gallons
  • Daily indoor per capita water use in an average home is 69.3 gallons.  Install more efficient fixtures, regularly check for leaks and water your landscape only when necessary to reduce by 35% to about 45 gallons per day.
  • Showers account for 11.6 gallons of water used per day, per capita, 16.8% of daily use.  Reduce to 8.8 gallons with an efficient shower head and shorter shower.
  • Clothes washers account for 15 gallons of water used per day, per capita, 21.7% of daily use.  Reduce to 10 gallons with an efficient front loading washer.
  • Toilets account for 18.5 gallons of water used per day, per capita, 26.7% of daily use.  Reduce to 8.2 with a more efficient model.
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