"My days start early...
The good news is I don't have to fight traffic. The bad news is that I'm on the road when most people are still in dreamland. TaHomA lets my house wake up with me. It also lets me control what happens even when I'm not at home. I lower the thermostat to save energy and raise the blinds so my home is warmed by the sun. It's amazing the difference that makes."
Installing a TaHomA system is an easy way to increase your home's energy efficiency. Use TaHomA to manage your home's "Energy Triangle" (the balance of natural light, artificial light and temperature) either automatically with Schedules or on demand with preprogrammed Scenes. Read below to learn how the devices that make up the "Energy Triangle" - lights, thermostats, and window coverings - work together with TaHomA to create a more energy efficient environment.
Motorized window coverings help offset heat loss and gain
- In Summer: Lowering shades and/or rolling shutters during the hottest part of the day keeps the sun's heat out of your home while limiting the time your air conditioning is running
- In Winter: Raise shades and/or rolling shutters during the day to let the sun heat your home to reduces reliance on the thermostat to keep your home warm.
Dimming the lights can reduce energy use
Dimming your lights not only sets the mood, but can reduce your energy bills. Keeping your lights a 75% instead of 100% brightness can reduce your energy consumption by up to 20%!*
Maintaining lower light levels can also extend bulb life. If a bulb is kept at 75% brightness, its life can be extended up to 4x longer than if it were kept at 100%*
Programming your thermostat can lower energy bills
"The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills - nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling. Homeowners can save about $180 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings.*"
- Here are some recommended thermostat settings for energy efficient heating and cooling*:
|Setting||Time||Setpoint Temperature (Heat)||Setpoint Temperature (Cool)|
|Wake||6:00 a.m.||≤ 70° F||≥ 78° F|
|Day||8:00 a.m.||Setback at least 8° F||Setup at least 7° F|
|Evening||6:00 p.m.||≤ 70° F||≥ 78° F|
|Sleep||10:00 p.m.||Setback at least 8° F||Setup at least 4° F|
Bringing it all together
TaHomA manages the devices in your home's "Energy triangle" to optimize the interaction of natural and artificial lighting, heating and cooling for greater energy efficiency.
- In winter: Create a Schedule to automatically raise shades at 8:00AM to let the sun warm your house, turn off all the lights, and lower the thermostat from 70° F to 62° F. Have a motion sensor near the front door trigger a "Good Evening" Scene that automatically lowers shades, turns on the lights to 75% and raises the thermostat back to 70° F when you walk in.
- In summer: Create a Schedule to lower the shades during the day to block the sun and raise the thermostat 70° F to 86° F to reduce air conditioner use. Activate a "Welcome Home" Scene from your mobile device on your way home which turns on the lights to 75% and lowers the thermostat down to 78° F so your home is cool and comfortable by the time you arrive.
Using multiple motion sensors throughout your home, TaHomA's Home Occupancy feature activates energy efficiency Scenes when some rooms are empty but others are still occupied.
- There are 2 default Home Occupancy Scenes in TaHomA - "TaHomA Home" and "TaHomA Away". You or your authorized TaHomA dealer can configure these Scenes with as many devices as you like to create energy efficient default settings for your home.
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