Why Your Small Business Needs An Energy Audit

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The Sustainable Authority of Ireland have so far been successful in helping both the residential and commercial sector to reduce their energy use. One way in doing so has been the introduction of an Energy Audit Scheme. This scheme requires larger business to undertake surveys or inspection to determine whether they are managing their energy sufficiently. 

Essentially, an energy audit analyses how and where a business’s energy is used. This determines any energy wastage and helps to identify how to correct this in the best and most ethical way. 

While the audit is not a legal requirement for small to medium sized Irish businesses, it’s no harm for these types of organisations to perform their own audits. 

Why perform an energy audit? 

With a busy schedule, it can become almost impossible to keep track of energy usage in your business. 

Performing an audit brings focus back and highlights any urgent issues, or behaviours which are causing  unnecessary energy wastage. An audit is essential for two main reasons. 

  1. Reducing carbon emissions which benefits the planet
  2. Significantly lowering energy costs helps protect and improve your business’s bottom line. 

 

How to perform your own energy audit

Energy audits can easily be completed by having a team member walk around the premises with a checklist of things to look out for. Your checklist should include (but be limited to): 

  • Lights 
  • Heating 
  • Water Use 
  • Electrical Equipment

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Turn the lights off

Are lights left on when no one is in the room? Your business should consider placing reminders for staff to switch off lights when a room is left empty, and at the close of business (when lights aren’t required to remain switched on).

It’s also wise to think about switching your lights to Smart LEDs Bulbs. LEDs efficiently use 60 – 75% less energy than traditional, incandescent light bulbs. By installing Smart LEDs, you can further reduce the energy needed to light the building by having the control to remotely switch on and off lights and set schedules so lights are never accidentally left on again. 

 

Keep the heat in

Heating a premises can be incredibly costly, especially when winters in Ireland seem to last almost all year long. It’s often habit of employees to set high temperatures on the thermostat in the hopes that the room will heat faster – but usually ends up in employees sweltering not long after. 

There are a few small tips to follow to ensure you’re making the most of your thermostat including keeping boxes or items which may restrict air circulation away from radiators, or closing blinds at the end of the day to prevent warm air from escaping. 

Smart Thermostats are effective in reducing energy use by up to 20% compared to traditional thermostats. How? These thermostats have features that traditional thermostats do not. These include employee lockout so only you can control temperatures, scheduling for temperatures to decrease when the premises is empty and receiving alerts when the thermostat has been adjusted so you can remotely change it back. 

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Reduce your water use 

It’s a good idea to inspect all piping, taps and toilets to ensure there is no presence of leaks. A leak, no matter how small, is an unnecessary wastage of water. During your energy audits keep a close eye on your water meter to see if there are any significant changes or to see if your business might be using far more water than previously thought. If your business is billed according to meter ratings, then taking measures to reduce water use will be financially rewarding for your business. 

 

Switch off electronics 

Of course it is essential to leave some electronics on overnight to ensure the most streamlined running of the business. However, not everything needs to be left on. Computers, chargers, printers, lamps etc. should all be switched off at the wall at the close of business. Leaving devices on standby is insufficient as they are still using energy when not needed. 

Alternatively, you could consider Smart Plugs. Smart plugs allow you to remotely shut off appliances when needed, or, just like the thermostat, you can set schedules so that electronics are shut down at a specific time of day. 

 

Performing energy audits are a smart way for your business to play its part in reducing its carbon footprint, while also benefiting the organisation’s bottom line. Energy management is a key factor of Smart Business Automation. If you would like to know more about how Business Automation and Smartzone can help your business, feel free to contact our sales team on 0214966248 or fill out the form below and we will get back to you.

 

What Is Geo Fencing And Why Do Smartzone Customers Love It So Much?

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Whether you have Heating Controls or the full Smart Home Security Starter Pack installed you already know about the wonderful and helpful features of Geo Fencing.

Geo Fencing is so easy and convenient to use, and just another reason why Irish homeowners are choosing Smartzone for their Smart Home solutions.

But what is Geo Fencing and how can it benefit you?

Geo Fencing is a feature on the app that allows you to set an invisible boundary around your home. Once you pass the boundary or enter the boundary the Smart Home Panel reacts to ensure that your home is protected and saving energy.

 

Don’t worry about forgetting

Our Smart Home Security Bundle is effective in ensuring that your home is protected while you’re away. But, it only works in your security system is armed. With Geo Fencing you can set a rule that your security system automatically arms once you leave the house – giving your home the best protection.

 

Save energy while you’re away

The best and easiest way to save energy in your smart home is by lowering the thermostat when it is not needed. But, if you’re like most of us you rush out the door in the morning to get the kids to school or make sure you don’t get caught in traffic. You can set rules so that the thermostat reduces the temperatures when you leave the boundary – saving energy and money!

 

 

Come home to comfort

There’s nothing better than stepping into a perfectly heated home, grabbing a cup of tea and relaxing on the couch when you finish your duties for the day. Geo Fencing turns the heat up when you’re on your way home. It can also turn on lights so you don’t have to fumble in the dark when stepping inside your door.

 

Put the security cameras on pause

Adding cameras to your security package makes your home even more secure then ever. However, you don’t want to receive constant alerts while you and your family walk about the house. Geo Fencing lets you pause cameras while your at home so you don’t get bogged down with alerts.

Geo Fencing can be set on the app’s dashboard. If you’re having trouble setting a boundary you can call our technical support team on 0818222926.

Why Choosing Smart Home As A Service is the Intelligent Choice

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At Smartzone, because of the range of services we provide, we speak to a variety of people on a daily basis. Some may be looking for home security, others want energy management services and some seek solutions to help look after older ones who wish to live at home.

Initially, the monthly fee may sound daunting for many people. However, when we explain the benefits of our service it helps to put potential customers at ease. Learn why Smart Home as a Service is the best value for money when choosing to transform your home with Smart Home technology.

 

Annual check
Yes, it may be appealing to purchase that outdoor camera online from that Chinese company coz it’s a little cheaper. However, our products are supplied by a trusted American Smart Home provider, Alarm.com, meaning that they are of high quality. We also offer an annual check on all products, and if you are having any issues with products before the check we will be out to you to sort the problem as soon as we can.

 

SEAI savings
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland are always encouraging Irish Homeowners to avail of remote heating controls where possible. With our service you can save an average of €300 per year on your energy bills.

 

Lifetime warranty on products
Unlike the products you pick up from your nearest tech shop, our products come with a lifetime warranty. If any of our products are acting up we will be on call on 021 4966248 and will either fix the problem Smartzone security camera installationremotely or get an engineer out to you to fix at a time that suits you.

 

Subsidise equipment cost
We understand that for the majority of our customers it may be easier to pay a monthly fee rather than a greater upfront fee. With a lower installation fee the equipment price is subsidised each month in the monthly fee. It’s not similar to a PCP plan with a new car.

 

Cheaper than competitors
When it comes to security we are cheaper than some of our Irish competitors. We are even €10 cheaper per month than one of Ireland’s most known security companies (we won’t say who…)

 

Everything in the one place
The most convenient and attractive feature of our service is how everything is controllable under the one app. This cannot be done when buying products individually or from a host of different companies. Smartzone’s Smart Home solutions from security to heating to plugs to lights can ALL be controlled under the one app, making it one of the most convenient Smart Home companies around.

 

With Smartzone you can rest assure that you are receiving the best benefits when choosing Smart Home as a Service.

For more information on what we offer you can check our website or call our customer service team on 0818 222 926.

 

 

Smartzone’s Success At Ideal Home Show

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As many of you know, Smartzone were present at this year’s spring Ideal Home Show. Ideal Home show gave us the perfect opportunity to meet those from all over the country and explain who we are and how we can benefit you.

Over the course of three days, our team spoke to hundreds of people who are curious about the area of smart home, have safety concerns over their home, and who are looking for solutions to reduce their energy use at no major costs.

At Smartzone we believe we are leading the Irish market in Smart Home technologies. We proudly provide smart home as a service so you can modernise and protect your home.

For those interested in the area of smart home, we offer service that allow you to control your home remotely and with ease. You can view what is happening inside and outside your home, turn appliances and lighting on and off, and integrate voice control commands with Alexa and Google Home.

Our security bundle gives you the ultimate peace of mind as you know you are always in control. When any of our Smart Home Security products are triggered, you are instantly alerted through the Alarm.com app. You know the second any unusual activity is taking place. Arm and disarming your home alarm can be done anywhere. As our equipment is wireless you don’t need to worry about any mess when installing your alarm.

Eco-friendly solutions are becoming more common in the home place, and for good reason too. Our actions are part of a bigger picture when it comes to protecting the earth. Smartzone offer heating controls among their eco-friendly solutions. Saving you on average €300 per year, heating controls reduces your carbon footprint making your home a greener one.

The great thing about our products is that they are as easy to use as they are to install. Smartzone’s goal is to make the lives of the Irish homeowner easier and to give them more control over what matters most.

For more information on our products and services check out our website or call us on 021 4966248.

3 Top Tips For The Smart Home

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Here are 3 tips on how to make the most of your Smart Home.

 

  1. Baby proof gates.

    Our door and window sensors are designed to instantly alert you the moment an entrance is opened. If you have a baby in the home you can add and place these sensors onto the gate so you know the moment your little one is acting rogue

 

  1. Voice Control Made Easy.

    Hook up Alexa or Google Home to your system. Smart Home is all about making your life easier. Use voice control to adjust the thermostat, lock your doors and turn off your lights without having to move a muscle.

 

  1. Geo fencing.

Having your thermostat increase temperatures while you’re on your way home without having to do anything seems a bit mad, right? Geo Fencing is probably one of our smartest features yet. Set an invisible  boundary around your home so temperatures can adjust when you enter or leave the parameter.

Smartzone Are Here To Help You Look After The Environment

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It’s the little things that make a big difference.  That’s why we offer Heating Controls to homes as part of our wider energy management services.

Heating Controls do exactly what they say on the tin- they help you to take control of your heating and reduce your energy use. 

Here are some of the ways in which Heating Controls can help reduce your carbon footprint within the home.

Reduce energy while you’re away

Home-versus-away automation means that your security system knows whether you are at home or not. If your system is set to ‘Arm Away’, temperatures are reduced to save energy. If ‘Arm Stay’ is set temperatures will return to make you feel ultimate comfort within your home. This ensures that energy use is reduced when not needed.

Geo – Fencing 

Sometimes life can be so busy that changing the thermostat would be the last thing on your mind. Geo-fencing is one of the most intelligent features of the thermostat and remembers to adjust your heating even if Smartzone Heating Controls Geo Fencing you forget. Within the app you can set an imaginary parameter around your house. By working around your schedule, Geo fencing reduces energy use once you have left the parameter.

Not only Smartzone’s Heating Controls reduce your energy use, but it also helps you save an average of €300 per year on your heating bills!

Getting Heating Controls

Installing Heating Controls with Smartzone is simple! We have partnered with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to give Irish Homeowners the best solutions in energy management.

Currently, we offer heating controls to homeowners at a reduced price if their home is eligible for the SEAI Better Energy Homes grant.

The grant is usually available to those who have homes built prior to 2006 and is solely for the purpose of Heating Controls. However the SEAI do have grants for other energy management solutions. You can check these on their website.

Don’t worry if paperwork isn’t your thing. We will apply for the grant on your behalf. After all, our job is to make your life easier. 

Protect What Really Matters With Ireland’s Eco-Friendly Security System

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Protecting What Matters is important, not just for today but also for the future.

Smartzone’s Smart Home Solution helps you secure and protect your loved ones in a variety of ways. Here are some ways how Smartzone can do so.

 

Home Security

Protect What Matters such as your family, pets and valuables with Smartzone’s Smart Home Security. The package, which includes Door and Window sensors, image sensors and an arm/disarm keypad.

The whole system is controllable through the app meaning you can secure your home no matter where you are.

You will be instantly alerted the moment any of the sensors receive a signal giving you peace of mind knowing what is happening in your home.

Cameras can also be added to the security package for an extra layer of security. Smartzone provide cameras for both indoor and outdoor use. Live feed from the cameras can be viewed directly on your phone or tablet so you know what is happening at any time of day.

Smartzone-Heating-controls-thermostatEnergy Management with Heating Controls

Smartzone are one of Ireland’s only companies to offer effective Heating Controls solutions as part of their Smart Home Security Package.

You can help protect the earth and take a stance against climate change by saving on energy. Heating controls are an eco-friendly solution which helps homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint.

As well as reducing energy use, Smartzone customers who have heating controls installed can see an average saving of €300 per year on the energy bills.

Houses are normally zoned – downstairs, upstairs and hot water. Temperatures for each zone can be changed manually on the app meaning you can warm downstairs and cool upstairs at the same time.

The Smart Thermostat can intelligently learn your routine to warm the house automatically based on where you are.

 

Smart products

Smart plugs and bulbs, not only reduce energy use, but can be controlled with ease using the app. Smart plugs can be automated to behave according to your schedule, which is triggered by your security system. This means that lamps, televisions or gaming consoles can be switched off when you’re out and about.

 For more information check out our website or call us on 021 4966248.

€0 No Upfront Cost Smart Home Security and Heating Controls at Ideal Home Show

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Get our Smart Home Security and Heating Controls Bundle for no upfront costs at Ideal Homes.

 

To celebrate exhibiting at this year’s Ideal Home Show, Smartzone are running an offer which gives 100 lucky homeowners the chance to avail of our Smart Home Security and Heating Controls bundle at €0 no upfront cost. 

The one of a kind offer is available to homes that are eligible of the SEAI Better Energy Homes grant scheme. Homes that were built prior to 2006 and have not previously claimed the grant are typically eligible.

All you have to do is fill out the form that we will give you at our stand, Stand L85, and give us you MPRN number. Your MPRN number can be found on your electricity bill.

We will contact you after the event to set up a Free Home Assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to sit you down, talk you through what we do and show you how you can control your home from your phone. Our assessors will examine your home to ensure you are getting the system that best suits your home*.

We are aiming to make homes across Ireland greener by being Ireland’s best eco-friendly security and smart home company. Just a while back we launched the 1 million thermostat challenge where we have set ourselves a goal of installing thermostats in 1 million homes across Ireland.

The benefits of an eco-friendly secure home are endless. The security package ensures that your home is protected no matter where you are. The app allows you to view what is happening in your house directly from your phone. You will receive instant alerts the moment something happens.

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Talk to our experts at Stand L85 to learn about our offers and services.

Our heating controls helps your home to be more eco-friendly. The smart thermostat helps the environment by cutting down on energy used for heating your home. The smart device learns your patterns, by connecting with the security system,  and adjusts the temperature accordingly. You can also use the app to increase or decrease temperatures upstairs and downstairs.

For those who cannot avail of the offer we will also be running a competition where one lucky winner will be given the chance to win a Smart Home Security system and not pay any monthly fees for the 3 years.

 

Terms and Conditions

*The security package includes 1 x Smart Home Panel, 1 x Arm/ Disarm Keypad, 3 x Motion Sensors and 2 x Door sensors.
Any add on products to the package will be at a cost to the customer.
While the package costs nothing to install, customers will be required to pay a monthly fee of
€29.99.
Contract Length is 36 months. 

For more information on our offer and competition you can visit our experts at stand L85 at Ideal Homes. For any information on our other bundles, products and services check out our website at https://smartzone.ie/ or call us on 021 4966248.