5 smart home devices that can save you money on energy
No matter the season, energy bills are hard to keep under control. Luckily, automated homes can help us switch on, switch off, and schedule the energy-sucking appliances that help us live more comfortably. Our team of tech experts pulled together this list of smart home products that can help you outsmart your energy bills.
Smart thermostat for better control over your home’s temperature
Smart thermostats are a great way to save money on energy. Smart thermostats such as Nest can “learn” your preferred temperature settings and automatically raise or lower temperatures at certain times of day. A smart thermostat can be controlled remotely from your smartphone, which means you can cut down the heat or air conditioning when you’re traveling, or turn it on when you’re on your way home.
According to Nest, their thermostat saved 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling. Based on typical energy costs, we’ve estimated that a smart thermostat could save you $131 to $145 a year.
Smart light bulbs to automate your home’s lighting
You can automate your home lights using apps such as Hue, which connect the light bulbs to your Amazon Echo or Google Home. These bulbs can also connect these lights to a smart motion sensor system so lights will turn on and off whenever they sense motion.
Smart light bulbs can be expensive, but they last for 40,000 hours. Most smart light bulbs only need to be replaced every five years!
Bonus: most smart light bulbs are ENERGY STAR rated, which can save you around $75 per year.
Smart plugs to control your appliances and lights from anywhere
Smart plugs can help turn your regular appliances into smart devices. Once plugged into a smart plug, an appliance can be controlled from anywhere. This works for pretty much anything, including lights, coffee makers and fans – basically, anything that plugs into an outlet. You can remotely turn them on and off using your smartphone, connect them to a smart home hub device and use voice controls, and even schedule them turn on/off automatically at certain times.
Smart motion sensor system to automatically control thermostats, speakers, lights, and more
A smart motion sensor will automatically turn on and off lights when motion is detected (or not). This saves energy by sensing when rooms are empty and can connect to a smart thermostat or smart speakers. There are a few options on the market, such as Samsung’s SmartThings Motion Sensor.
Smart speakers to control your smart energy-saving devices
Voice-activated personal assistants such as Google Home and Amazon Echo make it easier to control your energy-saving smart home gadgets, without leaving the couch.