Whether it’s a smart light bulb, a smart thermostat or a water-saving, low-flow smart sprinkler, there are plenty of devices on the market that can help you save money on energy, water and electricity. Plus, if you use these devices in addition to turning off lights when you leave the room, setting your thermostat to the ideal temperature, spending less time in the shower and unplugging appliances, you’ll start to see real savings on your monthly utility bills.
Here are a few devices we think you should try out.
If this were Family Feud, smart thermostats would be the number one answer on the board when it comes to energy savings — and for good reason. These connected thermostats manage your HVAC system with several extra features you won’t get in an unconnected model.
You can set temperature thresholds appropriate for the season, as well as Home and Away temperatures that adjust automatically based on whether your mobile device is present via location data. If you can only do one thing to make your home smarter and more energy conscious, a thermostat is a great choice.
With or without the smarts, LED bulbs are far more efficient than old-school incandescents. If you want to save big on your electric bill, LED bulbs are a great place to start. If you’re ready to jump into smart bulbs, there are plenty of affordable options out there these days.
Use a schedule to make sure the right lights are on or off during the day. If you don’t need a schedule, you can still use Alexa and Google Assistant integrations to turn off that kitchen light you forgot about from your phone or smart speaker from anywhere in your house or where you have an internet connection.
Like smart lights, smart plugs can automatically turn on and off on a schedule, monitor energy consumption and create scenes. Plug in any gadget or small appliance you’d normally use in a wall outlet, and a smart plug will bring it online. If you’re specifically interested in conserving power, not just automation, be sure to select a plug that includes energy monitoring.
If you already own smart lights or are ready to set up your first bulbs, consider adding a compatible motion sensor. A good motion sensor, like the options below, can turn lights on or off. You’ll be able to turn on a hallway or bathroom light when someone walks by at night or turn off all the living room lights when no motion has been detected.
Spring is coming upon us quickly and that means lawn care is probably back to the top of your to do list. Smart sprinklers are one way to save water when your grass gets thirsty. With connectivity and management apps you can schedule watering and even automatically delay it if rain is in the forecast. If water consumption in your home has gone up now that there are more people there during the day, putting some smarts around your lawn watering is a great way to help minimize usage.
Smart home products make our lives easier, more automated and in the case of these devices more energy efficient. Adding just a smart thermostat can make a big difference. Smart lights and plugs are a great way to go, too. No matter how you start your energy-saving smart home, the benefits are sure to add up.
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