You may have noticed the sleek, high-tech design of a smart thermostat on the wall of a neighbor’s house or on display at a big box retailer. Or you may even have one of these smart home devices yourself. However, you may not be aware of the extent of their energy-saving capabilities.
While smart thermostats can quickly improve the comfort and convenience of a home, they also open the door to a number of new ways to save energy, and many of these opportunities are unknown and underutilized even by people who have had a smart thermostat in their home for years.
There can be many benefits to setting up smart home devices around your home, including convenience, security and comfort.
In addition, many of these devices also make your home more energy efficient and can lead to savings on your monthly power bills. And, depending on your comfort with technology, many can be painlessly set up and will quickly begin reducing your home’s energy usage.
Let’s look at four … >>
There are many steps you can take today to lower your power bills, decarbonize your home and otherwise become a more informed, empowered energy consumer.
From getting a better grasp on the details of your bill to installing smart home devices, such as a smart thermostat or smart plugs, let’s look at some steps that you can take:
1. Understand what your power bill is telling you.
Regardless of the specifics of your personal energy goals, a good starting place for becoming an empowered consumer is understanding exactly what >>
Any house can be made into a smart home. By adding just a few devices here and there, you can improve the energy efficiency, comfort, safety and convenience of your home.
In our latest YouTube video, we take a virtual journey through a home and showcase how smart home devices – like a smart speaker, smart lighting or a smart thermostat – can be used to make your life easier.
Let’s look at a few tips from the video on getting started with smart home tech:
Although smart home devices are still relatively new technologies, many of them – such as a Nest thermostat, Ring doorbell, Philips Hue bulb or Amazon Echo smart speaker – have already become household names.
These devices sell millions of units per year and can be found at many large retailers alongside a multitude of other smart home devices, including smart light bulbs, outlets, cameras, appliances, security systems and more.
But with a “smart” version available for… >>
Almost everything in your home today can be connected to the internet and controlled remotely: your thermostat, refrigerator, TV, thermostat, sprinkler system and doorbell, to name just a few. These smart home devices can provide a lot of benefits to you as a homeowner or renter, including home comfort, entertainment, security and more.
Many smart home devices also have significant benefits for your home’s energy use. If you’ve considered setting up smart home technology in your home as a way to reduce your overall energy consumption, here are a few steps to get … >>
In a recent post, we weighed the pros and cons of the LED lightbulb – one of the most proven energy-saving technologies around today. In this blog, we’ll assess the potential benefits of another staple of home energy efficiency – the smart thermostat.
Smart thermostats emerged about a decade ago with the first-generation models from ecobee and Nest (now a part of Google) and have since become one of the most well-known and popular smart home devices. For good reason, these devices promise nu… >>
Smart home technology has exploded in popularity since the first-generation Nest Learning Thermostat was released back in 2011. In fact, smart speakers featuring digital assistants like Alexa and Siri are one of the fastest-growing consumer technologies in recent times.
And for good reason, too. These connected devices can provide numerous benefits around comfort, convenience, peace of mind and financial savings. Depending on the device and how it&rsquo… >>
Whether you're a champion of energy-saving methods or new to the energy efficiency game, there are many options to save money and energy around the home. From no-cost actions to investing in the latest smart home technology, there is always another way you can cut back your home energy use.
Wherever you're at, here are three tiers of energy savings tips to level up your game:
Level 1: Start with these basic no-cost/low-cost tips
Fortunately, there are a variety of no-cost/low-cost options for saving energy at home. Keeping your appliances plugged in when no… >>
Once a niche technology for technophiles and early adopters, the smart home has now moved into the mainstream.
According to a recent report, there are now 66 million smart speaker devices, like Google Home and Amazon Echo, in the United States – representing more than a quarter of the U.S. adult population. Further, these devices scaled rapidly from 2016 to 2018, growing more than 800 percent by some accounts, and experts predi… >>