Swapping out old home appliances and replacing them with new “smart” technologies and systems can save you a lot of money.
Living808, KHON2 | January 27, 2016
0:00 Trini: There’s a lot of talk these days about smart things, like smartphones for example. But what exactly does smart mean? Especially when it comes to smart homes, that can be pretty confusing. Here to shed some light on what a smart home is, is Eric Carlson with RevoluSun. Hello!
0:19 Eric: Hi Trini, how are you?
0:20 Trini: I’m doing great. So, tell us, what is a Smart Home, what does a Smart Home look like?
0:27 Eric: Well for us it’s pretty simple. Really it’s a home that takes advantage of the natural elements to make it more economical and more enjoyable to be in. So for us that’s the definition of a Smart Home.
0:38 Trini: Okay, and so what areas of the home can be smarter?
0:42 Eric: Well there’s a lot of things that you can do but what RevoluSun Smart Home focuses on are energy from the Sun, natural lighting solutions, fresh air, water, and home energy security.
0:58 Trini: Okay, so what does that mean exactly? I had a lot of people that think of smart home they think of okay photovoltaic system, but it doesn’t stop there.
1:03 Eric: No, there’s a lot of areas. So, by breaking a home into those five different areas, what we’re trying to do is essentially use technology to bring the outside in, via natural lighting. There’s a lot of studies that talk about the benefits of having natural light, so that’s one area that you can do. Bringing fresh air in, through a whole house fans as one of the products that we offer, is another economical way to—instead of air conditioning—to cool your home using the natural elements and amplifying that with this product that we offer. So there are a number of different areas around the home that we can do, that are economical to make your home a lot more efficient and a more enjoyable place to live.
1:48 Trini: Okay, my ears went off—ding ding ding—when you said economical. Let’s talk numbers. How much can someone expect to save when they have a Smart Home?
1:55 Eric: Well it depends on the home user and how they’re using their energy prior to incorporating some of the products, but we see savings—dramatic savings. With photovoltaic, for example, you can get your bill down to, you know, twenty dollars a month. For people that may have a pool and incorporate one of our smart home products they can see savings of 80 dollars a month on their pool. So there’s, when you add all of those up, we’re talking a lot of savings.
2:27 Trini: Yeah, that’s a nice savings. So what are some future smart home products that you 2:32 have planned, you know, for installation?
2:32 Eric: Right, well there’s all kinds of neat things, and at our showroom—that’s where we showcase all of those products—but there’s things like keyless locks, keyless entry. We all have that for our car, why not have that for our home? So now when you come back from the grocery store you don’t have to juggle with your shopping bags, you can just tap your front door and it’ll open. So that’s a product that we’re bringing to market. There’s a lot of exciting things, and that’s the beauty about this industry is that things evolve so quickly that homeowners have a wide variety of products that they can come take a look at our showroom.
3:10 Trini: well that is very exciting. Eric, thank you so much.
3:12 Eric: Yeah, thank you.
3:14 Trini: Okay, I’m a big fan. And it’s so addicting too, once you start learning about all of these technology—smart technology systems, you’re gonna want it all.