4 Tech Upgrades That Can Save You Money
Looking to lower your monthly energy bills? There are many simple money-saving upgrades you can make that will make your home more energy-efficient.
Here are some ideas to spark inspiration and lower your energy costs:
1. Use Smart Bulbs
Not only do smart bulbs use an incredibly efficient LED design, drawing less power anytime they’re on, but they also allow you to enjoy better control over your light usage.
With an app-connected setup, you can easily turn your lights on or off from anywhere.
You can even connect them to a voice system, allowing you to use a simple spoken command to turn them on and off.
Smart bulbs can be installed into any light fixture and they exist for both indoor and outdoor applications, allowing you to upgrade your entire home for better control and money-saving advantages.
2. Use Smart Plugs
Want a fully connected smart home? Smart plugs allow you to turn any outlet into a smart outlet.
They plug into the outlet and connect to your home’s Wi-Fi, allowing you to plug virtually any device in and then control it using an app.
This is particularly great for floor lamps, electronics, and common household items that you want to be able to control remotely.
Turn them on or off through the app or use a voice-controlled system. Suddenly, any home can feel like a smart home that’s more convenient and more energy-efficient.
3. Use a Smart Sprinkler
If you water your lawn, it’s easy for your bill to get out of control — especially during the hotter and dryer months.
But the fact is, traditional sprinkler systems tend to waste water because we often run them too long.
Putting them on a timer that isn’t dynamic can cause the sprinkler to turn on when it’s not needed, and that can really add up.
A smart sprinkler, on the other hand, allows for easy control via an app on your phone.
The sprinkler itself may also contain advanced sensors, allowing it to adjust its schedule based on the weather. That way, you’re never overwatering or underwatering your lawn.
The result is a healthier yard and less wasted water.
4. Use a Smart Thermostat
With a smart thermostat, you can better monitor and control your home’s internal temperature. Which is by far one of the biggest energy consumers in your household.
A smart thermostat will allow you to accurately monitor the temperature throughout your home and allow you to adjust the temperature remotely at any time.
In fact, a connected thermostat is often one of the single biggest ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency while also boosting overall comfort and livability.
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These ideas are just the beginning. There are plenty of ways you can use technology to experience better energy efficiency throughout your home.
The best part of all these technology upgrades is that they can be installed and implemented easily.
Saving money on your utility bills starts with taking action, and these tips are a great place to start.
Do you have any suggestions for tech upgrades that can save you money?
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.