This article was previously published on April 17, 2018 and updated for comprehensiveness and accuracy. 

Over 50 years ago, 20 million Americans flooded the streets with the hopes of creating a healthier, more sustainable environment. Today, more than 192 different countries gather to celebrate the annual environmental movement known as Earth Day every April 22. A lot has changed since the first Earth Day in 1970. Since then, new technological developments make it easier to save energy and contribute to a healthier environment.

As Earth Day approaches, it's a great time to consider how we can all do our part to reduce our environmental impact. One way to help is by utilizing smart home automation to save energy and money with an automated security system. Continue reading to learn more about how smart home security automation can help you reduce your carbon footprint. 

Invest in a Smart Thermostat

Heating and cooling costs average over $1,300 each year in a standard U.S. home. The numbers are even higher in warmer or colder climate areas. Why waste so much money on high heating and cooling bills? Honor your Earth Day commitment with a smart thermostat.

A smart home thermostat can be an excellent investment for homeowners who want to reduce their electricity bills and make environmentally-friendly choices. Smart thermostats give users the ability to remotely control the temperature in their homes. Set an automated schedule or change the temperature on the fly— all through your smartphone, tablet, or desktop.

Smart home thermostats can significantly reduce your energy consumption. Additionally, using less energy means you're also contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly future. When utilizing a smart thermostat, you're making a conscious effort to reduce your carbon footprint, which is essential in today's world.

Install Smart Lights

Have you ever left your home and thought to yourself: “Shoot, did I leave the lights on?” No need to worry. With smart lights, the days of leaving your lights on unintentionally are a thing of the past. 

Like smart thermostats, incorporating smart lighting into your home automation system saves energy and money on your electricity bills. Smart lights let you control the lights in and around your home through a mobile device. Set automated schedules and cut back on the amount of electricity wasted on unnecessary lighting.

Additionally, you can set a schedule for smart lights to turn on or off automatically based on occupancy, schedule, sunrise or sunset time, or daylight levels. Moreover, smart lighting systems offer a wide range of customization options that allow users to create personalized lighting scenarios that suit their needs and preferences. For instance, you can adjust the brightness, color temperature, and hue of your lights to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere in your home.

For even greater green convenience, consider smart lights with geofencing technology. Geo-fencing detects when a homeowner is in range and automatically turns lights on—adding more energy-efficient convenience for you, your wallet, and the environment.

Partner with a Company Committed to Corporate Responsibility

In addition to helping you be more eco-friendly through our home energy management products, Vector Security also partners with manufacturers that share our environmental commitment. As a result, the products you buy from us are always built with energy efficiency in mind.

Vector Security and our product partners are committed to:

  • Efficient products and services that reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Sustainable business practices, such as recycling, energy-efficient heating and cooling, and waste reduction. 
  • Employee, partner, and public education on key environmental issues.

As we celebrate Earth Day, it’s an important reminder that it takes all of us to foster a cleaner and greener world. Vector Security wants to help you minimize costly bills and reduce your carbon footprint, all the while improving your home security. For more information about our products and how they promote energy efficiency, feel free to contact us today.