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Smart Technology to Cut Down Utility Cost

Smart Technology

If you live in the United States, you might never catch a break from the high cost of utility bills. Sometimes it is due to constant running of the air conditioner during hot summer days and often it results from blasting the heat in a snowstorm.

If paying these utility bills hurt your pocket every month, it’s time to get hold of some smart technology.

These latest technologies are designed to slash your energy bills down and up to a manageable number while being more efficient with the use of electricity and water – as the Windermere Florida Realtor suggest

To help you put money back in your wallet, let us have a look at the smart technologies that you can use and cut down the utility bills.

Smart Lights

As per the Downtown Orlando Realtors, if you wish to save around $90 to $120 then you should start using smart lights. These lights are designed to save cash through motion detection, programming, and remote access. You can easily operate these lights (turn on/turn off) through an app and since these are LED lights, they cost quite less to operate than conventional incandescent lights.

Learning Thermostat

Now you can easily get your hands on smart learning thermostats. Unlike traditional thermostats, learning thermostats learn your needs and habits and create custom schedules for heating and cooling. This helps in eliminating the additional or unnecessary use of energy. As per the manufacturers of learning thermostat, users can save around 10 – 12 percent energy on heating and around 15 percent energy on cooling.

Energy-Efficient Washers

Even though energy efficient washers are now everywhere, you must understand the importance of certified ENERGY STAR appliances that help you save both water and cash. This way you get more bang for your buck when you pay the water bill. To save even more, wash your clothes with warm or cold water. Typically a certified ENERGY STAR washer utilizes 25% less electricity than the other non-eco-friendly counterparts.

Motorized Blinds

If you receive direct sunlight in your rooms, you must know how easily and quickly it increases the overall temperature of the space. This forces your air conditioners to struggle and work extra hard. But now you can give your cooling systems its required break by installing motorized blinds. These blinds can be controlled using an app and can be preset to Energy Saving mode. This means that blinds will automatically close as soon as the windows start to heat up.

Home Smart Vent

As per the Windermere Florida Realtors, adjustable smart vents are now becoming a necessity in bigger homes.  Usually, you cannot select the rooms to cool or heat and it all remain set to just one temperature. This is not efficient, especially, when you spend most of your time in particular areas of your house. Thus, a smart vent let you regulate temperature by room. It cuts down the energy wasted by blocking the cool or heat air to spaces that don’t need it.


If you need professional insight on purchasing the best home for your family, contact Megan Dowdy Realty right away!

Megan Dowdy

Megan Dowdy is a seasoned real estate broker, educator, and entrepreneur. A native of Orlando, she is one of its biggest promoters and is familiar with all that Orlando has to offer. She attended Lake Highland Preparatory School, obtained a business degree from The Calloway School of Business at Wake Forest University, and then obtained her Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management from The University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

Her passion for bringing hospitality and service to real estate is a rare find in the industry. Building relationships that begin with the first transaction and carry on over years is what Megan thrives on. Communication and accessibility are of the utmost importance to providing a high level of service – and Megan prides herself on those!

When she isn’t representing clients in the purchase of real estate, Megan is teaching, as an Adjunct Instructor, at The University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. She teaches the future leaders of the industry numerous courses ranging from Guest Services Management, to Marketing, to Hospitality Communications.

Giving back is also a major theme in Megan’s life. Megan is a Founder, Board of Directors President, and Hospitality Committee Chair of The AutoNation Cure Bowl; Orlando’s newest NCAA post season college football game set to kickoff on December 19, 2015. All proceeds from the game go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation where ninety-one cents of every dollar raised goes directly to research, and finding a cure for cancer. She also maintains strong relationships with each of her alma maters, even holding a position on the Alumni Board of Directors at Lake Highland Preparatory School in downtown Orlando.

Megan is also a licensed Real Estate Instructor and holds two designations: Accredited Buyer’s Representative and Graduate Realtor Institute; also, two certifications: Florida Military Specialist and Military Relocation Professional.