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    Energy-Saving Gadgets for Smart Homes

February 2018

Save money, time, and energy using these gadgets in your home.

From smart fridges to automated lighting systems, energy-saving advances in technology are quickly changing the way we live our lives. Smart devices have the potential to save us money and time, and even reduce our impact on the environment. Plus, with the ability to handle even the simplest of tasks at the touch of a button, they can make our lives easier than ever before.

In this article, we take a look at the types of energy-conservation gadgets improving home efficiency. We’ll also explore the ins and outs of smart home devices and home automation.

What are smart home devices and how do they work?

Smart devices are electronic gadgets that use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G to connect to other devices. People use smart home devices to control heating, lighting, entertainment, and home security. You can issue commands by remote control, smartphone, and some gadgets can even be operated by voice (such as with Google Home and Amazon’s Echo). To some extent, they can work autonomously, but usually they’re dependent on your commands and settings.

Introduction to home automation

Home automation is anything that allows you to use your heating, lighting, and appliances more efficiently and conveniently. This ranges from automatically controlling your lights to a full system that custom controls the majority of your home.

Top gadgets to improve energy efficiency

There are many gadgets that assist with energy efficiency. Let’s look at some of them:

Smart Thermostats

These energy-saving devices regulate the temperature in your home and provide comfort without energy wastage. Smart thermostats are adjusted using your smartphone or computer, even when you’re away from your home. Use these gadgets to operate heating and cooling around your home. For example, by interlinking the thermostat with your air conditioning, you can program your machine to turn on or off depending on the temperature.

Robot Vacuum Security

A seasoned technology, the newer robot vacuum models have time and energy-conservation features. Some allow you to remotely tap on a photo of your home to be cleaned. You can also program it to send photos if movement is detected when you are out, or instruct it to return to its charging station.

Smart Fridges

From the touchscreen, you can control your groceries, calendars, notes, and photos. The cameras inside the fridge connect to your phone, allowing you to see what you have inside. You eliminate wastage by receiving notifications when something expires soon, and you can order food directly from the app on the screen.

Smart Lighting

Smart lighting saves energy and increases convenience. This is because smart bulbs use less power, last longer, and are easily controlled. Using scheduled timers and mobile device controls make smart lighting convenient. It’s also a great way to save money on your energy bills!

Virtual Assistants

Virtual assistants, like Alexa or Siri, connect to your smart gadgets. These include your lights, thermostat, security system, and entertainment centre. Using voice commands, you can turn your lights or television on and off, among other actions.

Water Leak Sensor

A water leak sensor alerts you to any leaks by detecting moisture levels. The alert will describe where the leak is located. These sensors also allow you to fix a leak before the pipe bursts.

Smart Locks

Smart locks use your smartphone as the key. You control who has access to your home and you can see who has used the lock. Some locks have to be installed, but there are some which fit over your existing lock.

The final word

Turning your home into a smart home doesn’t have to be a hassle. Likewise, embracing modern technology doesn’t have to be daunting. It is easy to turn your home into a smart home using smart lighting, apps, thermostats, and assistants. These gadgets make your home more modern, comfortable, cost-effective, convenient, and energy-efficient.

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