Going Green - Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
Chesapeake Smart Homes has been practicing energy saving methods for years. Our automated homes feature advanced lighting control, climate control, and shade and drape control. Lighting control has many energy saving advantages, all of which have been applied in our projects from the beginning. Entry and exit scenes and “whole house off” functions have allowed our clients to set desired lighting to the specific areas they plan on using in their home. It also provides our clients the ability to turn off all lights from any location they desire. This prevents lights from accidentally being left on. All general purpose lighting throughout the home is set at a maximum of 75 percent brightness. This level of brightness is a small compromise to full intensity and is hardly noticed, yet benefits the environment and client by reducing energy usage and increasing bulb life. Lighting around the home, especially exterior lighting, can be set on schedulers so they turn on at dusk (based on time of year and the home’s geographic location) and can turn off at a desired time. This prevents lights being left on all night.
Proximity sensors can also be installed to co-operate with the lighting control system. These reduce the on-time for lights in locations where one simply walks through an area. The sensors can go into an occupied mode once the room is in use, and the sensor learns room occupancy patterns. The delayed off-time will adapt to environmental and occupancy patterns. These proximity sensors also have a photocell that prevents lights from turning on if there is enough natural daylight in a room.
Our climate control systems are able to integrate with the latest in energy efficient conventional units, radiant floor heat, geo-thermal systems, boiler systems, solar powered systems, and others. Like many controllable thermostats, our system has similar capabilities such as a programmable scheduler. Our system uses remote temperature and humidity sensors so all rooms within a home stay equal in temperature. The system is also accessible through the internet or wireless phone so the home can be monitored remotely.
Shade and drape control, combined with lighting control, enables the use of daylight harvesting and thermal control. Daylight harvesting is an energy saving technique that could reduce energy usage for electric lighting by as much as 84%. By maximizing the use of natural light through a house or building, harvesting methods adjust the output levels of electrical lighting to create a balance. Shades and drapes enable thermal control through radiometers used to track the sun and adjust the shade positions based on current sky conditions, window geometry, and window orientation. This control can be set to auto adjust by the minute or on set schedulers. The shades also enhance the experience of the occupants by blocking the more intense solar penetration and glare, but still allowing the ideal amount of natural light to pass through.
Our staff members actively attend conventions, conferences, and meetings for education in Green and LEED building technology. Some of these events include the annual CEDIA EXPO, CEDIA University classes and certifications, Light Fair International (LFI), Annapolis Green, and The Green Building Institute.
As our field is constantly changing and advancing, we are doing the same in our green technology advancement. Be sure to check our website for future updates on projects in LEED certifications and use of energy saving technology such as solar power and more advanced lighting control techniques.