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Published on November 6th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Home Automation Benefits (Infographic)

November 6th, 2013 by  

The folks at My Alarm Center recently put together a pretty spiffy infographic on some of the awesome benefits of home automation, and what home automation technologies can do. Here it is:

home automation infographics facts

Some of the facts that surprised me were that:

  1. A light bulb can last 2.28 years (or 20 times) longer when dimmed 50%.
  2. 56% of the average home energy bill comes from heating and cooling.

Of course, beyond the potential energy benefits, the other noted uses and benefits are also very cool. As far as other cool stats, I was also struck by the fact that:

  1. People with home automation see home insurance savings of 20% (on average) or $1,154 a year.
  2. 1.8 million home automation systems were installed in the US last year (far more than I would have guessed).
  3. 12 million home automation systems are expected to be installed in the US by 2016.

It all makes sense. With the growth of smartphones and tablets, people are feeling more comfortable with such remote and sophisticated technologies. They are even coming to expect them. I can definitely see the home automation growth trend increasing fast in the coming years.

Any of you have experience with home automation technology, or any further thoughts on this side of cleantech?

Also see:

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  2. Honda Launches Smart Home Project
  3. Neurio Sensor Makes Ordinary Homes Smart
  4. Smart Homes, Smart Cities Markets To Double By 2017
  5. 5 Smart Home Technologies That Save You Money

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  • Its the confusion between energy and electricity.

  • Most of the people are reluctant in getting a home automation service. But it has been seen that they are much happy once they invest in it because of the immense benefits it provides.

  • Marcus

    The light bulb won’t last 20x longer. An average incandescent at 3 hrs/day will last about a year. At 50% dimmed, it will last over 2 years (according to this graphic), which is TWICE as long, not TWENTY times.

    • Bob_Wallace

      I haven’t found any actual studies on line. What I find on a site that sells dimmers is the claim that a bulb which would normally last one year would last 3 years when dimmed 10%, 3-6 years when dimmed 25%, and 10+ years when dimmed 50%.

      “Dimmers reduce power to the lighting source or bulb, so they save energy
      and extend bulb life. Incandescent and halogen bulbs last up to 20
      times longer when used with a dimmer, increasing the money saved.”


      Lutron is a fairly major company. I would think their attorneys would have insisted on some sort of proof of claims prior to approving the ad.

  • John Pollock

    Maybe, the alliance to save enery is where I looked ot up and i searched ‘energy’ . Check this out…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_energy_consumption ‘Average’ is so difficult to use in this case , location, income. This chart shows 20,000kWhr per yr and I know the DOE says 11,230…. Although the chart comes from DOE! Sort of depends on how you get your heat perhaps. I guess it also depends on your view.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Following the links back from your link I see what looks to be a confusion of energy and electricity.

      The Wiki page talks about energy without specifying only electricity or electricity and oil/NG.

      Chasing the Wiki reference back a page I find a discussion of electricity use per household without average per house numbers.


      The going one page deeper they discuss electricity, oil and NG as residential energy sources.


      (If I use the DOE link I get 2011 numbers.)

      Have you found a page where they post the 2008 household electricity use, not energy use?

  • John Pollock

    Average household energy bill in 2008 was $2200. (DOE)…somebody’s number is off.

    • Bob_Wallace

      A mix up between energy and electricity?

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