Smarten up your home to save on your energy bill while home or away
With a smart home, you can turn off lights, adjust your thermostat, and more, from the convenience of your smartphone.
Of course, how much energy you'll save will depend on what you turn off. Two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off for an average of 2 hours per day could save you $12 over a year, a 1500-watt space heater turned off for 2 hours a day could save you $30-50 per year depending on the temperature.
Replacing your traditional light switches with a smart switch gives you the power to turn your lights on or off from your phone, meaning if you left the kitchen light on when you left the house, you don't have to wait until you get home to turn it off.
For task lighting, small appliances, or the curling iron you never remember to turn off, smart plugs are an easy option. Simply plug one into the wall, then plug your electronic of choice into the plug. From there, you can turn it on and off while on the go using your smartphone.
Smart thermostats are an easy and efficient way to manage your home's temperature. Once installed, they can be managed from your smart device, and will learn when you come and go to effectively adjust the temperature in your home. This means comfortable temperatures when you're there, and no wasted energy when you're not.
Centralize it all
Many smart devices may need many smart apps, but you can centralize and simplify all of your controls on a smart home hub, such as a Google Home or Amazon Alexa. Now, you can turn on your lights or turn off your coffee pot all in one convenient, voice-activated place.