Smartphones help us to control our hectic schedules, a long list of chores, over-run emails, and hectic business lives. What we don’t hear a lot about is with the right equipment it can also help you control your home, save money, and become more energy efficient. We have entered the age of the smart home; where you can adjust your thermostat, control lights, and ensure your home is secure even when you’re not there. With the help of virtual voice assistants like Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa, you have a tool to control lights, electronics, the thermostat, garage doors, and more with simple voice commands or smartphone apps.
There is a wide variety of smart lighting options on the market. Some lighting systems will require a “bridge” or a device that connects to your home’s wi-fi router in order to communicate with your smart lights. There are also smart bulbs on the market that have a built-in wi-fi connection that won’t require the “bridge.” No matter which route you choose, being able to turn lights on and off with simple voice commands will make life a little easier.
With the use of smart plugs, devices such as fans and coffee pots can be controlled with simple commands from you to your favorite personal assistant. Just plug your choice of electronics in with the use of a smart plug and your wish is your command! Imagine this: You crawl into bed at night and you find that sweet spot, the spot you spend some nights tossing and turning to find. Within the first five minutes, it’s yours! Then, you realize you forgot to set the timer on the coffee pot and turn on the fan. With smart plugs, you can just set that timer and turn on that fan without moving two inches!
Turn up the Heat
Ever leave the house and remember you forgot to turn the air conditioning off or turn down the heat? Get yourself a smart thermostat. Having a smart thermostat allows you to control the heat or air conditioning when you’re not within reach to preserve energy and save you money! The smart thermostat connects to your wi-fi, giving you the ability to control it from any room of the house with a voice command or via a connection from your smartphone. Every cent, over time, creates great savings.
There are several reasons to make your home a smart home. Your home can work harmoniously for you to save money and improve your quality of life. You can save energy and money with the least amount of effort. Use those savings to treat the family or plan a small vacation. Increase your home’s future resell value and take advantage of possible tax credits for certain energy efficient smart devices. Saving money decreases stress, and you know that you’re doing the environment some good all while creating a more convenient environment for yourself and your family. Do a little research and pick the best way to create the smart home that works best for you. The future is now, embrace it!