There’s no question that upgrading your home with smart products costs money – any upgrade does. But upgrading to smart devices specifically can be an investment that literally pays for itself before you know it. As if you needed more reasons to explore the fun world of smart home products, here are a few energy-saving products that might just make you want to take the plunge:
Invest in Smart Lighting
LED light bulbs are energy efficient, meaning they use a shocking amount less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. How much? Well according to the U.S. Department of Energy, a 60 watt-equivalent LED bulb uses 75 to 80 percent less energy than a 60 watt incandescent bulb. When you think of all the lights in your home, that number adds up fast. Add into the mix that LED lights last longer (25 times longer on average) than traditional light bulbs and you’ll find that you really have no good reason not to upgrade.
Treat Yourself to a Smart Thermostats
Your home is probably many things to you, but one of them should be a place of retreat and rest which is where smart thermostats come into play. They have advanced, or ‘smart’ features that keep your home cozy while keeping energy costs low. Many can be scheduled or simply learn to shut off while you aren’t there, while other go a step further to incorporate aspects like outdoor weather to custom set the best temperatures to keep you comfy while still saving on costs.
Treat Your Wallet to a Smart Plug
If you were to invest in a single device to save energy, while it is debatable, smart plugs are definitely in contention for the number one slot. Why? Because they allow you to control the use of any product you plug into a wall, regardless of whether that product is smart or not. They’re super affordable, easy to set up, and at a very basic level, help you stop paying the energy costs for running appliances you don’t need ‘on’ while you aren’t there.
Various other products can help you save on energy costs and new ones are always being added to the market, but the products alone aren’t the only way you save money. Many come with built in energy monitoring interfaces so you can track how much energy you are spending (sources of which might surprise you) and take steps to reduce their usage. Other appliances just entering the smart home scene have energy saving features, such as energy-efficient smart washing machines that use the least amount of water possible and smart refrigerators that can give you a live view inside of them to help you grocery shop smarter.
At the end of the day smart devices may have you hesitant when you look at upfront costs (they’re usually about 30 to 50 percent more expensive than non-smart device alternatives) but when you look at how much money you’ll save in the long run (not to mention time, headaches, and much more) it does seem like a juice worth squeezing.