It’s easy to just set up automatic payments on our bills and not think twice about them; but when it comes to our dreaded monthly energy bills, there are a ton of things we can do to cut costs.
I was looking for some innovative tools to help a client manage their air bnb, and came across some great products on amazon that could easily save hundreds of dollars worth of headache down the road. Smart Home items are not only for homeowners, these items are meant to help renters and homeowners alike save on their energy bills each month — and conserve energy in the meantime! It’s a win-win for both our wallets and the environment.
With October being Energy Awareness Month, it was the perfect time to eyeball consumption habits and reign things in. We really could harm the environment over time, and Smart Home products provided the perfect solutions to help us stay on top of our overuse of energy.. Here are our top five products that we love, and that have provided a solution to daily conundrums in both our homes and our apartments. Also, we’ve gathered the items below into one list you can check out here.
Nest’s Learning Thermostat is a WiFi-enabled device that can automatically adjust heating and cooling settings for optimal performance — meaning it’s constantly making sure you’re saving energy. You can also change the temperature through the Nest app, or with your voice through your home assistant (Ok, Google, can you turn the heat up to 74?). We actually use this in our apartment, that way when we’re not at home on the weekends, we can rest assured we’re not wasting energy to heat an empty room.
Studies have shown that homes with a Nest saved an average of 10-12% on heating, and 15% on cooling, with average savings ranging around $140 per year. This means that within two years of installing it, the Nest Thermostat literally pays for itself — it’s a surefire way to make sure we’re both doing something good for the environment and have lower bills every month.
Don’t like coming home at night to a pitch-black house, (especially late after a night on the town!). This piece of kit solve all that, because it allows you to turn on your lights from your phone — which also eliminates the need to set timers! It also has a light dimmer, which allows you to control the brightness of up to 17 light bulbs. Dim lighting is an entertaining must; it completely alters the mood and sets an ambiance! (Not to mention conserves energy.)
Plus it takes less than 15 minutes to install, and is so easy that you can do it on your own.
Bonus: You can add auto open blinds to let some light in on those house plants while your away.
“Hey, can you check to see if I unplugged iron?” is a text my girlfriend gets from me approximately every-other day. This smart plug is great because no smart home hub required. It lets you set up routines and schedules through the Alexa app. All while letting us say goodbye to second guessing whether or not we turned off appliances, because it lets you control outlets from your phone.
Making something in a slow cooker, but won’t be home in time to turn it off? No biggie, just do it from your phone! The best part? If a light or electronic is left on, it sends a notification to your phone to notify you to turn it off.
If switching out the light switches with the Lutron Caseta is more than you’d like to take on, this is the perfect alternative (especially for renters!) so you can control lights when you aren’t home. It’s an amazing option for people who travel a lot or get home late. We also love the Smart Plug as an alternative for controlling holiday decor so you don’t have to crawl under the tree or mess with timers.
For homeowners, flooding can be a huge fear; pipes can burst or get clogged, and damage can be happening within your walls without you being aware of it. Even I get nervous that my upstairs neighbors may spring a leak that could seep into my apartment. This flood sensor can eliminate all your fears of flooding by sensing water leaks, which alerts you when pools of water form under your pipes. It’s perfect for any moisture-rich spot in your home, like your basement, under a sink, near a washer. Plus, it’s small and sleek design makes it easy to tuck away, out of sight, out of mind.
If you classify as a homeowner with an abundant amount of yard space, this one’s for you! This timer for your sprinkler system is controllable by your phone and tablets, and automatically adjusts to the weather, based on your local weather forecast, so no more are the days of worrying if you’re over or under watering your plants or yard. And did I mention you can save up to 50% of your outdoor water use? Meaning you can save water AND money at the same time.
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