Why You Should Care About Energy Automation

by Kelsey Lord, sonnen Channel Manager – Energy Automation

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Picture this: An intense summer storm warning has been issued. You have 24 hours to prepare. You rush home from work, get your candles out, the board games, the puzzles. You charge all your devices, hopefully they’ll keep the kids busy for a few hours? Good thing you just invested in that custom A/V system to entertain yourselves and the kids… That will come in handy when everything is OFF!

Fast forward: The storm hits. It’s a hot, muggy summer night. Power is gone. The iPad is at 20% and counting. Your clothes are starting to stick to your skin. The candles are only making it hotter, but without them, you can’t see a thing. You need to relax. Your fridge isn’t cold anymore, but you pop open a beer anyway. Yum… warm beer. The kids are crying now. Maybe some food will solve the problem… Nope. And your utility notified you that power will be out for at least the next 24 hours, if not longer.

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Now imagine that you’d invested in an energy automation system before this storm hit. Let’s rewind:

A summer storm warning has been issued. You already knew that because you received a text that your home would start preparing itself for severe weather. Great! You can relax. No need to go shopping, since your home battery is charging up to back up your fridge, so it stays cold. Your energy automation system pre-cools your home so you can enjoy a nice summer night with your kids with a family movie.

Fast forward: Storm hits. You don’t even notice the power goes out for your block. Your lights are on, the fridge is working, and the kids are entertained and content. Not only is that custom A/V system working, but the performance quality is great! The inside temperature is pleasant because you pre-cooled your home, and when you switched to battery backup, your energy automation system lowered your shades. Your utility notifies you that power will be out for at least the next 24 hours, if not longer. No biggie! You can see that you currently have 28 hours of clean, green energy stored in your battery, and if you dip below 50% of your battery life, your energy automation system will automatically start turning off non-essential loads to preserve your battery for longer.

I bet that cold beer tastes pretty good right now! 

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