3 smart solutions to reduce your customers’ energy costs

As an electrician, you probably often encounter clients who want to reduce their energy costs. It’s good to know that building automation systems, which have become indispensable in the industry, not only make everyday life more convenient, but also save owners a spectacular amount of money. We show you three smart ways to offer energy-efficient solutions to your clients. And an extra tip especially for you, to make electrical plans quicker and easier for your automation system using an electrical planning software!

One of the advantages of the Austrian Loxone building automation system is that it controls all the essential functions of the building, including temperature, security, lighting, audio and surveillance, without any intervention. A well-designed system, which can also be configured according to the customer’s needs, can become completely self-operating, so that nothing needs to be switched or adjusted by the residents or office workers.

In addition to the convenience of automation, customers benefit from the fact that it can significantly reduce the overall energy consumption of homes and buildings by up to 30%. This level of energy savings already makes a spectacular difference to utility bills!

We now present three solutions from Loxone that drastically reduce energy costs by optimizing lighting, heating and cooling.

Living room with lights on and shades down with Loxone home automation system

Loxone’s intelligent lighting control, based on time of day, natural light levels and presence detection, allows all lights to be automatically turned off when not needed.

In addition to eliminating the problem of lights being left on unnecessarily, Loxone Smart Lighting Control offers other useful features such as

  • Setting custom lighting scenes for waking up, preparing dinner, entertaining guests, etc.
  • In addition to detecting who is in the room, Loxone switches also have a “double or triple touch” function, which can be used to control an entire room or the entire property.
  • Shades and lighting can be coordinated to follow a familiar lighting routine.
  • Loxone luminaires provide a gradual, eye-protection change from any color to any lighting scenes.
Children's room with temperature and humidity sensor on the table

The Loxone controlled heating and cooling system allows you to easily set the optimal temperature according to your clients’ needs. When no one is home, the system automatically reduces the temperature. What’s more, thermostats can be synchronised with shading, lighting and ventilation systems, making energy use even more efficient and cost-effective.

The temperature in different rooms can also be set separately, so the residents can enjoy optimum comfort and energy efficiency in every room. The Loxone system takes into account when they are at home and controls heating and cooling accordingly.

Some examples of smart heating and cooling features:

  • Loxone determines the exact heating needs based on the occupancy data in the building.
  • Thanks to this data, the system keeps each room at the ideal temperature.
  • Different temperatures can be set for different rooms (as the ideal temperature is not the same for the baby’s room and the living room).
  • When no one is at home, the system switches to economy mode, where the temperature is kept as low as possible within a set range.
  • All temperature values can be recorded and analysed, providing valuable data for optimising energy efficiency.
  • Several temperature limits can be preset. The system takes preventive action if the temperature rises too high or falls too low. This also protects the building from potential damage.
Loxone app showing the temperature on your mobile phone display

Long-term energy sustainability requires a combination of hardware and software that monitors and controls the energy consumption of devices. In addition to reducing energy costs, this can make homes more environmentally friendly. Synchronization between functions was mentioned earlier. It is the coordination of shading, lighting, heating, and cooling devices that can reduce costs the most.

How does this work in practice? When the temperature drops during the day, the shades automatically open to let in natural light, warming the indoor temperature. If that is not enough, the heating is turned on. Otherwise, on a hot summer morning, the blinds go down to keep the building at a comfortable temperature even without air conditioning.

Some key features of the energy management system:

  • When not in use, standby electronics and other energy consumers are automatically switched off.
  • Smart HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system management can save you money on utility bills.
  • Loxone monitors energy consumption as a whole and can even balance energy use during peak periods. For example, it can switch off certain appliances when charging the car.
  • If energy is wasted or consumption reaches a certain level, it sends an immediate warning to the user. This allows you to check and correct the problem immediately.
  • Solar panels can also be easily integrated into the Loxone system. The energy collected can also be used to charge an electric car, for example.
  • The energy monitor in the Loxone app allows you to monitor your current power consumption and electricity production.

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