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. Nest, for example, 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
Create a smart light system in your home by using smart bulbs such as the Philips Hue collection. With Hue, you can automate your home’s lights using an app, which connects the bulbs to your Amazon Echo or Google Home.
Smart light bulbs can cost more than the typical bulbs, but their life span is also much longer: smart bulbs can last up to 40,000 hours, meaning most only have to be replaced every five years! Added bonus: most smart lights are ENERGY STAR rated, which can save you around $75 per year.
Smart plugs to control your appliances and lights from anywhere
Another great energy saver is a smart plug, which can turn any electronic appliance into a smart one. Once plugged into a smart plug, everything from your coffee maker to your lamps can be controlled from anywhere. Turn appliances on and off with your smartphone and schedule when they should be turned on or off.
Smart motion sensor system to automatically control thermostats, speakers, lights, and more
A smart motion sensor such as Philips motion sensor system will automatically turn your lights on and off when motion in the space is detected. This is a great energy saving tactic, only using electricity when needed. Many smart motion sensors can also be connected to other smart devices in your home, like your smart thermostat or smart speakers.
Smart speakers to control your smart energy-saving devices
Control all of your home’s energy-saving smart home tech without ever leaving the couch with the help of a voice-activated smart speaker. Google Home and Amazon Echo are two of the more popular options, and each have a variety of models to choose from so you can find the perfect one to find your connected life needs.
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