When it comes to energy efficiency, homeowners have plenty of options. However, many overlook key energy saving opportunities. Whether you are building a new home or would like increase the energy efficiency of your existing home, Elite is an industry leader in providing energy saving solutions in key areas throughout the home.
Dimming saves energy. With Lutron lighting control you can dim all the lights in your home with the touch of a button. Lutron dimmers are also good for the environment. They save energy and extend the life of your halogen and incandescent bulbs. Longer-lasting bulbs mean fewer are going into landfills, significantly reducing our waste stream. Here are a few statistics:
- Lighting counts for about 20% of an average homes electricity bill.
- Dimming lights just 25% saves 20% in energy usage.
- Replacing a standard light switch with a Lutron dimmer can save up to $30 a year.
- A 1500-hour incandescent bulb will last 10 years when dimmed 33% and used 3 hours a day.
Fluorescent and LED Dimming
Lutron dimmers can work with almost any type of light. LED, fluorescent, halogen and incandescent. Fluorescent and LED lighting are highly efficient, and Lutron can control and dim these lighting sources flawlessly down to 1% with Lutron fluorescent dimming ballasts and LED drivers.
Motorized Window Treatments
By controlling the shade with motorized window treatments and skylight shades, homeowners can reduce glare and solar heat gain, which reduces cooling costs – all at the touch of a button.
Occupancy sensors provide light when needed and save energy when rooms are unoccupied. Occupancy sensors are perfect for interior pathways and exterior lighting areas that require illumination only when someone is present.
Daylight sensors control the lights and shades in the home by taking advantage of the available sunlight. The sensors balance the amount of electric light and daylight, saving energy and maintaining a constant level of light in the room.
Complement your system with ceiling fans, which can reduce cooling costs. The Fan-Speed Control provides local quiet speed control of your ceiling fan, and can be controlled as part of the whole-house lighting control system.
Homeowners can create a comfortable environment and help reduce their energy costs by using a control system to manage their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Pre-programmed system settings can even be used to make sure appropriate temperatures are maintained according to time of day or room usage.
Monitor Energy Usage
Elite Custom Audio Video Inc. has energy monitoring systems that deliver usage data in an intuitive and engaging way. An in-home touch screen display collects, analyzes and displays real time residential energy use data making it easy for homeowners to manage their energy use.
Green Button Programming
With the Green setting on a Lutron lighting system, you can program keypad buttons to reduce lighting zones by a specific percentage. For example, a green button that is programmed to trim 15% off the light output will save nearly 15% in energy with only a minimal change in the perceived light level in the room.
Lutron lighting systems can contain an astronomic time clock that turns lights on at sunset and off at sunrise or at any preset time. Homeowners can use this feature to create safe pathways and automate dramatic lighting of landscape and architecture. Automated lighting gives you the right amount of light when you need it and energy savings when you don’t.
Save Energy – even while you’re away
With a Lutron lighting system, enhanced Vacation Mode records the way lights and shades are used, playing it back while you’re away. This feature creates a powerful crime deterrent by simulating occupancy. We now offer Vacation Mode Trim, which can be programmed to trim back lighting by an added amount-reducing energy use. It also allows playback of lighting events that happen only at night.