Is your electric bill rising as the temperatures drop? Smart gadgets are here to help. Read on to discover the tech you need to warm your home—without putting a strain on your bank account!
If you prefer to “set it and forget it,” a smart thermostat like the Google Nest Learning 3rd Generation Smart Thermostat or the Honeywell Home T5+ Smart Thermostat could save you money and hassle. After you make adjustments in the first few days, a smart thermostat will learn your family’s preferred temperature at different points in the day to put you on a comfortable, energy-saving schedule. Whenever you leave home, it adjusts accordingly. And you can even control it from your device to keep your energy bill low while you’re on the road!
There’s one free way to warm your home: Use the power of the sun! Open your blinds in the daytime to let some sunlight in, then close them in the evenings for privacy. Even better? Automate it all by installing the MySmartBlinds Automation Kit Bundle on your existing blinds. Use a timer, temperature preferences, or voice control with Alexa to control your blinds. Plus, the motor charges with an included solar panel, so you don’t have to worry about sneaky energy costs from the kit itself.
You dive under the covers, turn out the lights, and… wait a minute. Did you turn off the light in the pantry? Did you lower the thermostat for the night? You can slip your feet out onto those cold hardwood floors one more time, or you could just roll over and check your Echo Show 5. Use this smart display to make energy-saving moves from bed, check weather predictions before setting your thermostat for the day, and much more.
Do you know how much energy your appliances are using on a daily basis? Find out by plugging them into a WeMo Mini Smart Plug. Then, check the app to monitor how much energy you use on that particular appliance and program the smart plug to turn on and off at the times you set. It also works with Alexa, making this little device the most cost-effective way to turn any old device into a smart device and save big on your electric bill.
Smart Power Strips
Much like the WeMo smart plug, the Heyvalue Smart Power Strip is a simple way to give your existing appliances a “smart” upgrade. That’s because this power strip comes with a free app you can use to control and schedule power to your appliances. With the ability to change the settings on each of its 4 outlets and 4 USB ports individually, this provides all the control you need to ensure you’re only powering devices (and paying to do so!) when you actually need them.
Not only will you save money with Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit, but you’ll get to be creative too! These smart lights can be connected to your device through Alexa or your existing Nest or Samsung SmartThings system, so you can control when and how your lights come on or off (even if you’re not home!). The creative part? You can adjust the color hues to set the perfect ambiance for waking up, winding down, studying, gaming, and more. Put these bulbs in your favorite lamps or overhead lights, and don’t worry about them going out anytime soon: These bulbs last up to 25,000 hours.
Keep your home running smoothly and efficiently this winter with these smart devices, all powered by a strong internet connection. Call Chariton Valley today to ensure you have the internet you need to power your home and save!