Tech-savvy homeowners can realize true energy savings by adding smart gadgets that save electricity to their homes.
By upgrading and integrating your home’s smart capabilities, these gadgets allow HVAC, lighting, water, and security systems to use energy more efficiently. Small investments can save you big money. The newest batch of gadgets on the market look good and make your life easier.
Learn more about some of the coolest smart home energy saving gadgets available today. (As an Amazon Associate, ElectricityPlans.com will earn from qualifying purchases.)
If you only install one new gadget this year, make it a smart thermostat.
These gadgets take energy efficiency to a new level, preventing you from ever forgetting to adjust the temperature in your home. Smart thermostats include brands like Nest Learning Thermostat, Hive, and Ecobee. These thermosats have the ability to learn your habits and adjust your thermostat accordingly. Electricity providers like Direct Energy and TriEagle Energy even offer electricity plans that include a smart thermostat to help their customers save on their energy usage.
Why heat or air-condition your house when you’re not in it? Smart thermostats take programmable thermostats to the next level by learning how and when your family uses the heating and air-conditioning in your home. Smart thermostats can also be adjusted remotely from an app on your smartphone if you need to make adjustments on the fly. These thermostats adjust automatically giving you smart energy savings all year long.
At the heart of most smart homes is a hub, and the Amazon Echo is our favorite choice. The Amazon Echo (or the Echo Show with display screen) is the personal assistant that instantly becomes a part of your life. It’s a voice-activated speaker, and so much more.
Connect the Amazon Echo to a number of supported smart gadgets and control your thermostat or light bulbs with the power of your voice. Add smart plugs and you can control your home electronics, lights and other devices from anywhere.
Direct Energy offers plans that include the Amazon Echo Dot. Reliant Energy has free weekends and free nights plans that includes the Google Home Hub.
Bonus: many of the gadgets that we recommend are Alexa-enabled.
Take control of your water bill by controlling the ultimate sprinkler system for your home.
The Rachio Alexa-integrated sprinkler controller connects with local forecasts, considers your plant and soil types, and remembers your yard’s sun exposure. All of these features create a custom watering schedule optimized for your yard. By watering only when needed, the Rachio sprinkler controller saves you water and money and works with Amazon Alexa.
Bond Controller for Fireplace and Ceiling Fan
We like to think that they named this product after James Bond. Because we can imagine the super sleuth walking into a room with his paramour and saying “Alexa, turn on the fireplace.”
While you are automating your home, don’t forget the ceiling fan and fireplace. The Bond controller allows you to integrate these devices with Alexa for the ultimate control.
Sengled LED bulbs
Sengled LED bulbs are really high-tech appliances disguised as LED light bulbs. They offer LED bulbs with stereo systems installed, LED bulbs with security cameras, an LED light with a built-in Wi-Fi repeater, and many more. Sengled bulbs can be controlled from an app on your smartphone which also measures your energy savings from these appliances. The combined systems in the Sengled line serve to simplify your smart home experience and realize energy savings.
Gosund Mini Smart Plugs
Smart Plugs are one of the top smart home devices you can buy in 2019 (and in 2020) These outlet adapters allow you to turn any appliance on and off from any distance from any internet-enabled device. Turn your lights off from your office, turn on the space heater from your bed, use it for anything you can plug into a wall outlet.
One of the top sellers is the Gosund mini smart plugs. A set of 4 plugs is super affordable and quick to install. These are great to have if you will be traveling over the holidays. You can turn lights on and off in your home to simulate someone being there.
Wyze Cam Smart Home Camera
Monitoring your home doesn’t help save on electricity, but it’s a big part of home automation. This is a simple way to watch what’s going on at home when you aren’t there. (We use ours to spy on our pups when we’re not home.) For under $30 the Wyze Cam Smart Home Camera can’t be beat.
SwitchBot Hub Mini Smart Remote
Control multiple remote control devices, such as your air conditioner and TV through the SwitchBot Hub. Then use the app to control your devices. Turn all your old appliances into smart home devices.
AirMega Air Quality Monitor
Last, but certainly not least, the AirMega smart home air purifier cleans your air just like a normal air purifier, but also gives you real time feedback and control of your air purifier and your indoor environment. Basically, it monitors the quality of the air in your home, in order to live a more healthy lifestyle. It checks for toxic chemicals, particulate matter, humidity and CO2. The brightly colored LED ring lets you know how clean or dirty your indoor air is every minute of the day.
For more information on smart home technology, check out Porch.com’s beginner’s guide to smart homes.