Hi! Thanks for tuning in to #WorldWednesday! As we talked about in recent blog posts, the minimalist lifestyle has gained traction in homes around the country. People are choosing to simplify and streamline their lives and surround themselves with less "stuff". But, just because you choose a more minimalist decor, you don't have to sacrifice upgrades in technology. In fact, in many ways, having a smart home can enhance a pared down lifestyle. When I moved --my son--a certified Crestron engineer, installed my audio visual equipment and programmed my home. And he shared with me that smart-home systems not only program audio visual equipment-they can also control light, heat, ventilation, sound and even irrigation at the touch of a button.
Just think about all the electronic controls you have in your home. Many people have a remote control for their television, thermostat, ceiling fan, control panel for a security system, and a sprinkler control system. Some even have a remote control for their gas fireplace. That's a lot for any homeowner, but for someone longing for a simpler layout, it can be overwhelming! And, for those that aren't tech-savvy-having a fully programmed intuitive home operating system can feel very liberating.
Moreover, a minimalist lifestyle can go hand in hand with an eco-friendly lifestyle. It makes sense that those who are want to surround themselves with less clutter, and more efficiency would want to do their part to contribute to a more environmentally friendly footprint. A well-designed smart home can help homeowners manage their energy usage. This can be ideal because automated systems can be programmed remotely so that energy is not wasted when you are not at home. Smart technology can also protect your property. There are many apps with remote, one-touch security notifications, surveillance cameras, presence detectors and live-stream audio-visual transmission.
When choosing your audio-visual equipment, HD and LCD screens are more energy efficient than CRT displays, and modern screens are good for the environment and your budget. Newer, higher-quality screens tend to use less energy. This doesn’t mean you have to upgrade every time something a little better is available, but high-end displays can be part of an environmentally conscious AV setup. In the U.S., screens can be tested to meet the Energy Star Requirements to certify them as being energy efficient. Audio Visual professionals can help you make your location greener in a way that suits your space and stays within your budget. Whether it’s an upgrade or a new installation, experts know exactly what AV choices would be most cost-effective and energy efficient.
More people are factoring environmental impacts into their purchasing decisions. In fact, creating an environmentally friendly home can lead to a higher resale value. Check back next Wednesday for more environmentally friendly tips and tricks. See you soon! Warmly, Susan