With Energy prices and demand at all time high levels it is even more important than ever to manage your home or business’s energy consumption both for you and for the environment. Our systems can significantly reduce the amount of energy that you consume by integrating your lighting, temperature, shades, security, and irrigation with a central control system that automatically adjusts to your needs. This can result in lower utility bills and less waste.
A Green Lifestyle home can automatically adjust temperature and lights when you simply enter or exit a room. You can also create a schedule that will automatically adjust the shades, lights, and temperature throughout the day to reduce the cost of cooling your home, or control your home from a PC, web enabled cell phone, or just a traditional telephone. When you have a lighting control system installed by Digital Lifestyles all of your lights will always be dimmed by at least 10%. This is a change that the human eye cannot detect because your eyes will adjust making it unnoticed. Dimming a light by 10% will also increase the life of your bulbs by as much as two times. This is especially nice for those hard to reach lights, but is good even on the easy locations.
New building codes and regulations are also on their way making home automation a standard in ALL new homes. Title 24 was introduced in California in 2005 making it mandatory that all new homes have built in efficiencies. Since its introduction Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and New Mexico have also adopted Title 24 initiatives. Below are just some of the criteria new and remodeled homes must meet under Title 24:
• Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Garages, and Utility rooms must have high efficiency or automatic lights that turn off automatically when not occupied.
• Homes must have Programmable Thermostats that can also be controlled by the Utility Company, and be adjusted to reduce consumption during peak times.
• Your energy rates will change during the day up to 3x during peak hours.
Your Green Lifestyle home will be ahead of the curve with Title 24 requirements. We can program your system to reduce energy consumption during the peak hours and operate normally in non-peak hours saving you $1,000’s per year.
Digital Lifestyles can also get you LEED credits. The LEED Rating System is a point-based system whereby building products contribute to achieving LEED points following performance-based requirements. To meet these requirements, practitioners identify products that have specific attributes. The amount of points achieved will determine which level of LEED certification the project is awarded. Ask your system designer at Digital Lifestyles for more information about LEED credits.