Get Notifications Directly From Your Appliances
Smart appliances can do more than simply being programmed for your convenience. They can also provide you with important notifications, including:
Just how much energy is your appliance using during those peak times?
If you know that your appliance doesn't use much energy, you might go ahead and turn it on during a time when demand is high, especially if you really need the washer to go ahead and run or the dishwasher to take care of those dishes. On the other hand, if you discover that the appliance's energy usage is high, you may make the decision to wait for a better time to run it.
Is there a problem with the appliance?
Traditional appliances can't tell you when something is wrong with them, from an electrical problem to a more serious mechanical problem. Unfortunately, those problems can cause significant increases in the amount of power the appliance uses to perform its duties. Not only that, if you don't take care of problems when they're small, you may end up with a much larger repair bill down the road. Thanks to smart home technology, however, you can get notifications as soon as the machine detects something wrong. You can then bring someone out to address the problem before it becomes more serious.
Is the machine draining more energy than usual?
Increasing the energy drain on an appliance can be as simple as turning off the "energy save" feature — often without recognizing it — or changing the cycle you're using. On your washer, for example, using a "deep clean" feature may drain much more energy than the standard clean. Recognizing those changes is half the battle to keeping your energy use consistent (and as low as possible). Thanks to smart home technology, you can easily track the energy your appliances use on a regular basis and make changes to help decrease energy usage, rather than increasing it.