Most business leaders are always looking for ways to cut costs and boost profits. However, many assume that overhead costs such as lighting and HVAC are fixed and therefore cannot be reduced.

That’s simply not true. Smart workplace technology can save you money on overhead and simplify your life at the same time. Here are three ways that automated systems can help your business cut costs:

#1: They can help you stop using so much energy for idle devices.

According to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, down time from household devices is a much larger problem than we thought. In fact, the electricity used by devices that are in standby or sleep mode adds up to over $19 billion in electricity bills each year. This is the equivalent of 50 large power plants’ worth of electricity being used to keep devices on that are not performing any function.

Many businesses have computers and other devices that remain turned on throughout the night or at times when they are not in use. The result is wasted energy and a higher power bill than is necessary to complete the same amount of work. With an automated system, you can set a schedule that will shut down and power up devices at times when no one is there. The system will continue to follow the schedule so that you save money by avoiding any power drain from your electronics.

#2: They can optimize natural light and heat.

If you’re at home and have a pet dog or cat, you have an automatic sunlight sensor. Just take a look at where the furry creature is sleeping and chances are, you know where a sun beam is. When you’re at the office, you tend to act in the opposite way. If your desk faces a window, you may have no choice but to turn your screen, your chair, or move entirely just to avoid having the sun blinding you from your work. Since you and your pet both know the power of the sun, it should be obvious to us that we should be harnessing this light and warmth to cut our energy costs.

For instance, if you have a conference room with a wall of windows that faces east, it will be tough to use at all. Firstly, it will get too hot from being in the sun for several hours at a time. Secondly, the sunlight will make it very hard to see a presentation on a TV screen or monitor. The solution lies in professionally automating the room. A smart system can plot the room’s latitude and longitude to determine when and where the sun will be present. Next, it will program the specific time each day when the shades should drop to block out the light. Finally, the thermostat will adjust automatically to regulate the temperature in the room.

A professional automation partner can install temperature triggers or sensors on the light switches. These will keep track of the natural brightness in the room and decrease or increase artificial light accordingly. Once it’s set up, you don’t have to do a thing. Your room will automatically harvest natural light and heat to reduce costs and conserve energy.

#3: They can increase security to reduce or prevent losses from theft.

According to CNBC, employee fraud (or embezzlement) costs U.S. businesses over $50 billion annually. What’s worse, a recent survey found that affected small businesses lose an average or $289,864. In addition to employee fraud, today’s business owners also need to worry about cyber fraud as well as old-fashioned robbery. Luckily, automated systems can help you avoid the expense of all three of these potential crimes.

It’s simply a matter of ensuring that you keep the wrong people out of your belongings when you’re not there. Your automated system will allow you to set doors to lock on their own at a certain time. You’ll never have to wonder again whether you did it, or if the last employee out did it. You can also set appropriate security measures for your sensitive data. A smart system will ensure that only authorized individuals have access to where it is stored both physically and digitally. You get to choose the rules and requirements, and your system will enforce it for you. As a result, you’ll protect your assets and make sure you avoid the potential losses associated with fraud and robbery.

Discover Smart Business Automation at Sphere Home Technologies in Birmingham, AL.

A smart business automation system can boost security and reduce energy costs. However, there are countless other ways you can automate your business for maximum benefit. From automated shades to fans, the sky is the limit. Give Sphere Home Technologies in Birmingham, AL a call today at 205-777-5626. Also you can fill out this form to see how we can help you cut costs and increase productivity.