Owning a house can be a lot of work. Not only do you have a mortgage that will take you years to pay off, but you get used to becoming terrified every time those monthly bills arrive in your inbox. Renting isn’t much easier because on top of the monthly bills, you have that pesky monthly rent to worry about. But are all of those expenses necessary? Obviously you need utilities like heating, cooling, and hot water, but millions of homes across the country are actually spending far more than they need to on their monthly energy bills. With the advanced technology that we have today, there is a lot of smart home automation that will transform your energy usage helping you to save hundreds of dollars annually. Here are some of the best ways to save energy at home using smart tech.

Smart Heating and Cooling

Of all of our energy usage, the most money is wasted on heating and cooling an empty house. Of course, it is understandable that you want to have your house be warmed up by the time you get home on a cold winter’s day or cooled down on a hot summer’s day. This often means that people leave their heating or air conditioning on throughout the day, even when there is no one at home. You can fix this problem by installing a smart thermostat. This will allow you to program specific times for each day of the week at which your heating will turn on or off. The newest smart thermostats will also allow you to control them remotely using your smartphone or other device.

Greater Total Control

With an advanced home automation system, you can take saving energy to a whole new level. You can automate the lighting throughout your house and control it using either a central control panel or your smartphone or tablet. This means that if you accidentally leave a light on, you can turn it off as soon as you realize; if you want to leave a light on for security when you go on vacation, you can turn it off during the day to save energy. With some systems you can even check your doors and close them remotely, meaning you can prevent lost energy without even leaving your seat on the couch.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy has come a long way in the last few years. Solar companies have now created convenient programs that will allow you to reap the benefits of solar power without having to pay the huge upfront cost of solar panels for your house. They will install them for you and allow you to purchase the energy produced at a lower cost than you are currently paying for energy. This is an excellent way to save money on energy in the long term. There are also some really good options for wind power at home, although many people prefer solar as it is more reliable and less of an eyesore on the roof of your house.