Tech-savvy homeowners can realize true energy savings by adding smart gadgets 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 energy saving smart home gadgets available today.
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, Hive, and Ecobee, and 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 (along with the Amazon Dot) 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. Echo is the home of Alexa, the imaginary friend who’s always there. Ask Alexa questions, have her read you audiobooks, check out news and sports scores and more.
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 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.
WaterHawk Smart Shower Head
The WaterHawk shower head allows you to save water and money by monitoring temperature and water usage while you shower.
WaterHawk is powered by the flow of water in the shower itself, and needs no batteries or outside power supply. As you shower, the LED display will show your water usage in gallons per minute, as well as the exact temperature of the water. No more standing around wasting water while your shower warms up, you’ll know the exact second it’s warm enough to enjoy.
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.
Wemo Smart Plugs
Wemo works with your Wi-Fi router and any Apple device. 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.
Direct Your Energy App
Direct Energy’s electricity customers with smart meters have access to ‘Direct Your Energy‘. This app is designed to closely monitor your power usage, along with giving you helpful information about how and where to save money on energy. It will show you where you’re using too much power along with when it’s happening, giving you a clear road map toward energy savings.
Old-school non-connected appliances? The MicroBot Push may be your answer. This automatic button-pusher turns conventional appliances into smart appliances. Attach the Microbot Push to any appliance with a rocker switch, push button, toggle switch, or any other tactile switch object, and it will press the button remotely. Turn all your old appliances into smart home devices.
Foobot Air Quality Monitor
Last, but certainly not least, the Foobot 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 Foobot’s bright LED lights will alert you when any substance in the air reaches a critically high level.