You’re probably familiar with the old saying that time is money. Well, when it comes to investing in smart home appliances, sometimes spending a little extra money upfront will save you time, energy (literally and figuratively) and money in the long run.
8 Smart Home Appliances That are Also Smart Investments
From simple energy efficient LED light bulbs to washers and dryers with a mind of their own (OK not really, we hope), there are a number of smart home appliances designed to optimize your work and leisure time, and hopefully save you some money and reduce your energy consumption in the process.
1. Smart thermostats
Smart thermostats like Nest are like a butler (or is it a valet) whose only purpose in life is to keep you comfortable and happy by learning what it takes to keep you cool during a hot Texas summer, warm during the winter, and everything in between. And like any good butler (or valet), you only have to tell a smart thermostat what you like once, and the devices become more and more intuitive over time. Devices like Nest adjust and learn from your energy consumption habits, and even know when you’re home and most likely to need that 70 degree home temp to keep you cool – or warm.
2. Wifi and smartphone enabled outlets
Like a remote control for your plugs, smart outlets can help you to control everything from the lights or TV in another room, to charging your laptop and smartphone while you’re grilling and enjoying the sunset out on the patio.
3. Wireless speaker systems
Similarly to the outlets, a wireless enabled smart speaker system lets you turn your home into a modern studio where you can listen to your favorite music and podcasts from virtually any room with the flick of a switch.
4. Home energy monitoring devices
Think of this as your personal data center that allows you to keep track of your energy consumption, no meter reading or calls to the utility company necessary.
5. Solar panels/renewable energy
As consumer renewable technology becomes more affordable, implementing them in your home will reduce your energy consumption and save you money in the long run.
6. Smart grid compatible home appliances
Energy companies incorporate the “smart grid,” which utilizes consumer data to understand energy consumption habits. As a result, your appliances will become more efficient and cost effective.
7. Light occupancy sensors
Simple. If you’re not in the room, the lights turn off. No more pestering one another to hit the lights when leaving a room in your home. Depending on habits in your household, these sensors can lead to big savings.
8. Smart light bulbs
LED light bulbs aren’t new, but they are a great way to get started on your path to energy efficiency. You can even get smart light bulbs that work similarly to smart outlets. What’s not to like about being able to switch the lights on or off with your smartphone, voice activated smart hub!
Ready to find your dream home to equip with your favorite smart home appliances? Schedule a tour of Light Farms to start your search today!