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That said, in the Smart Home, you can monitor the carbon footprint of your home with an iPad, and it’s actually quite awesome. A Savant Apple OS-based platform ties together a huge number of the home’s systems, for both control and monitoring. The lighting, appliances and Lutron shades (as well as alarm system) can all be controlled from the iPad app, which provides real-time data on energy usage and consumption—as well as ones actual carbon footprint. By enabling homeowners to see when their peak energy consumption is and where those draws are coming from, not to mention the dollar-sum attached to it, the system allows users to make quick, informed energy-saving decisions.
Additionally, there is a host of other quirky, touch-sensitive components to the house—in-cabinet lights that can be dimmed with a simple tap on the door, a kitchen sink faucet that turns on when one waves ones hand over it, and—slightly comically—a toilet seat that raises and falls as you enter or leave the bathroom. These elements can arguably (well, we might be less sure on the toilet seat) make basic energy-saving habits a more intuitive part of every day life, bolstered by the capacity of the Savant system to see the impacts of ones behavior.
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