The connection between Smart homes and electrical supply

The connection between Smart homes and electrical supply

Smart homes have become more and more popular since they were developed and introduced just a few years ago.

A Smart home can include a house that just has one or two elements connected, such as a PC, cable TV, security system, lighting, etc. or, it can refer to one that is fully connected on a central system. The connection allows the rooms to sync with one another. It can also give the home owner the ability to control features of the home such as lights or temperature while they are away.

One of the biggest appeals of a Smart home has been the impact they could have on the electrical supply system.

“Homes will be far more efficient in energy/water/utility consumption as end point devices work together based on your habits vs. the cost of resource availability,” CEO of Stringify, Mike Yurochko has been quoted as saying.

This will be good news for tradespeople and big electrical supply companies.

Smart home training for tradespeople

Alongside the technology used in connecting a Smart home or building there needs to be good wiring to allow the system to function seamlessly.

To get a smart home functioning well, a professional needs to step in and connect the elements to a larger system that lets them all communicate with one another. A building that has been professionally wired can offer owners the ability to operate the features quickly and easily from a central controller.

Thus electricians have been learning how to fill in this gap. Training in how to wire and manage a Smart home has been gaining a lot of interest from electricians and those just entering the market. Many young apprentices are being trained in intelligent building wiring so that they will be able to connect and manage smart buildings, which seem to be a big part of the future. Part of the training includes how to connect low-voltage wires to a network. Other training covers network integration, which teaches electricians to program devices and connect them to each other.

Smart home attractions

There are several elements of a building that can be automated. The most common ones are:

  • Security – cameras and motion detectors can be set up around the home and the system can send an alert if there is a breach. They can even be programed to take pictures or videos of suspected thieves.
  • Lighting – lights can be turned on by a home owner when they are away thanks to automation systems. The system can also help a home owner save energy by turning lights off if they forgot before they left home.

Smart home technologies are convenient for users and promise comfort and security for home owners and have been drawing in younger users. But those in need of a connected home are more than just millennials, it can apply to those living with disabilities as they too will be able to take advantage of a Smart home features.

There are also colleges that have been installing smart features into dorms. This all means there is no shortage of building and home owners looking for Smart home capabilities. It also means there is no real average type of client looking for help wiring up their Smart home.

Although most consumers say that security is one of the top reasons they want to have a Smart home, 40 per cent also indicated they liked how the technology could control energy use and reliance on the electrical supply grid.

Smart use of electrical supplies

Being able to control our homes from a distance will also impact electrical supply in a positive way. Prior to being so connected to our homes, if we left something on, like the lights, there was no way to turn them back off without returning to the building. However, with Smart homes capabilities we will be able to turn off lights and other elements that waste the electrical supply while we are away.

This has companies that regulate the electrical supply hopeful that they will be able to manage and meet increasing demand. Some companies have been considering the benefits of smart home technology in reducing peak time demand on the system.

There have also been reports that suggest buildings could reduce their total energy consumption up to 30 percent by utilizing Smart home controls. This will be important as residential electrical use has been predicted to increase 24 per cent by 2040.

Conclusion

Home owners have increasingly been attracted to Smart home features because of the convenience and security.

The best way to create an easy-to-use connected home is to start with suitable wiring. Owners who want the seamless sync of their rooms and buildings and the ability to control the features from a distance will need to invest in proper wiring to enable their devices to operate on one system. This has lead to an increase demand for tradespeople to become trained in Smart home connectivity and wiring, particularly electricians.

Big companies, like Reliant, have begun investing in research that will show how to develop Smart homes and products that provide more efficiency with electricity. This is particularly important for electrical supply regulators as the demand has been expected to increase. As the technology advances, there will be more and more ways to make homes and buildings more energy efficient, thereby reducing the demand on the electrical supply grid.