Smart devices are growing rapidly in popularity. In fact, all kinds of experts predict the “internet of things,” the fact that basically everything’s going to be connected to the web, to explode in popularity over the next 5-7 years.
How can you use “smart” devices in an affordable way to experience energy savings in your home? Check out the latest ideas below:
- Smart Learning Thermostats
Nest, ecobee, Allure, and Lockstate all make thermostats that learn your temperature settings and adjust them for you automatically. Since your heating and cooling makes up the biggest chunk of your energy bill, it makes sense to invest in one of these thermostats.
At a cost of $200 – $300, they’re an affordable investment that starts paying off fast.
- Home Energy Monitoring Systems
The Ted Pro Home is one of many systems that monitors your home’s energy usage in real-time. You simply hook it up to the main conductors inside your circuit breaker. The device then measures the electricity used over the power lines running to your home.
No need for wiring. No need to have sharp electricity skills.
In Ted Pro’s case, it has software that can store up to 10 years of data. You can also get custom email or text alerts regarding your electricity usage.
- Smart Irrigation System
Your smart home doesn’t just get managed inside. It gets managed outside too. A smart irrigation system like the GreenIQ Smart Hub can control your watering schedule, sprinklers, and outdoor lighting. You can even program it to monitor the nearest weather station so it responds to changing weather conditions on-the-fly.
If you love to water your yard, you can save up to 50% on your water bills with a smart irrigation system.
- Control Your Lighting with Insteon Hub
At minimum, you should have CFLs in your home. Ideally, you’ll have LEDs. In either case, if you add a dimmer switch and combine it with Insteon for automatic dimming, you’ll shave even more off your lighting costs. Lighting makes up one of the biggest costs of your home’s energy use, so it’s something to strongly consider addressing.
- Washer & Dryer
The next washer or dryer you get, consider making sure they’re “smart.” This isn’t necessarily standard issue for appliances yet, but it is available.
Finally, enjoy the savings you get from all your “smart” devices. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on them all right away. But, do consider the ones that can give you big savings, and gradually adding others as you can afford them.
It’s just another way smart consumers like you can save money and energy!