“The solution is smart home devices,” says Dr Andrew Jaonnou, Business Development Manager: Engineering & Innovation Tech at CBI-electric: low voltage, a local manufacturer and supplier of IoT solutions. “These devices enable you to oversee almost every aspect of your home. Each device is connected to an app on your smartphone so you can manage them whether you’re at home, or far away.”
Joannou adds that thanks to IoT, the app can also be synced to a weather app, enabling users to switch the appropriate appliances on or off or schedule them depending on the weather.
Smart home technology can be used for monitoring, control and automation. Monitoring enables users to keep an eye on their energy usage. When it comes to controlling these devices, users have the ability to switch them on and off remotely. This could be applied to lights, aircon and underfloor heating, for example. Lastly, automation enables users to set timers and schedules to activate and deactivate their devices at specific times and on certain days. This is best suited to irrigation systems and geysers.
With this in mind, he outlines three ways that smart home devices can save South Africans money while improving their energy efficiency:
“I believe that, with smartphone penetration on the rise[iii], coupled with the push for South Africa to reach net zero emissions by 2050, more homeowners should be opting for home automation to counter changes in the country’s – and indeed the world’s- increasingly chaotic weather.” concludes Jaonnou.
For more information, go to https://cbi-lowvoltage.co.za.