The latest forecast for summer doesn’t have to do with tropical storms. The U.S. Energy Information Administration is predicting a spike in electricity prices starting in June and lasting through August. As natural gas costs rise, the U.S. could see a 3.9% increase in electricity prices. This is unwelcome news as we face higher prices across the board due to inflation. If these numbers have you ready to blow a fuse, read on. You can beat the heat and still keep costs down.

Automatic Power

Since neither rising natural gas prices nor inflation is likely to change anytime soon, now is the time to make the switch to alternate, more sustainable, forms of power. Relying on responsive technology to proactively monitor weather changes can save you over time. If you’re not at home when a sudden weather event occurs, levels of sunlight and UV can trigger windows or shades to close and adjust the thermostat; temperature readings can delay sprinklers, close window treatments to cool the home, or turn on ceiling fans; and high wind detection can send a message to automatically retract glass walls, protecting them from flying debris. Avoid additional unforeseen expenses during unpredictable summer weather.  

Savant Power, formerly Racepoint Energy, offers automated solutions for your home. Standout features include Energy Scenes and Modes. Energy Scenes give you the ability to enable power to specific circuits. If the grid goes down, an Essentials Scene automatically activates. Or set a Laundry Scene, limiting the power in media spaces when you need to run an essential load. Like the Savant Scenes you’re used to, these are flexible to fit your life. Meanwhile, the Energy Mode Storm Watch can keep an eye on predicted weather events and reserve your battery in case of an outage. Automatic notifications to your phone alert you to outages, battery levels and more so you’re always informed, always on top of your home’s energy.

Monitor & Manage

Savant Power’s flexible microgrid puts power back in your hands. With the tap of an app, proactively disconnect from the grid to use clean energy. Optimize your energy use with Flexible Load Management, which allows custom critical loads and, during peak-rate periods, load shedding. 

A personalized microgrid increases your autonomy from the utility grid. Savant Power Systems deliver full-control energy independence and time-of-use pricing. Designed to scale, they deliver smart power designed for your home. Access your personalized energy dashboard via the Savant Pro app. Check your home’s current energy consumption, review your energy use and production over time, monitor just the most power-hungry circuits or keep an eye on each one. Adjust use and take control over your energy costs.

Energy Modes can help you manage your energy use for maximum impact. Set Modes to run automatically or toggle them on and off. Optimize solar and battery usage, reducing dependency on the grid, or disconnect from the grid entirely and run on solar and battery. 

Total Integration

A fully integrated triad of batteries, solar, and a generator not only keeps your home running, but also significantly reduces your pull from the grid. Being able to depend on your own microgrid is the ultimate solution. Water, electricity, heat, and cooling are things you never want to do without, whether due to extreme weather or the current spike in energy costs. An energy hub, like the military-grade Rosewater SB20 Hub, ensures reliable power to your dwelling. 

Solar panels gather energy during optimal hours of sunlight and store it for use. Batteries help improve generator performance and send energy back to the grid when fully charged, using only what’s needed. Generators, meanwhile, provide the backbone to charge batteries and supplement solar. It’s a highly efficient system meant to keep your home running at all times and your costs down.

Rising energy costs don’t have to leave you feeling powerless. With smart systems in place, you can experience energy independence and uninterrupted connectivity. Contact your team at Acoustic Architects for energy solutions tailored to your needs. 

Responsive Living, the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.

If you would like to learn more about integrating new systems into your smart home system, feel free to connect with us. We will be happy to schedule a demo with you.

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