The competition between electricity companies, such as Texas Electricity Examiner, is so fierce that they continue offering very competitive electric rates. However, this doesn’t mean you don’t need to find gadgets to help you save money on your electricity bills throughout the year though. Fortunately, smart home technology can help you here.
Smart Plugs for Items you Forget to Turn Off
It’s easy to forget to turn off lights and televisions when you leave a room. When you do this before leaving the house it sucks up a lot of electricity while you’re gone. This is why smart plugs like the iDevices Switch was created. With this smart plug technology you can turn off these devices, regardless of where you are. You can also schedule them to turn off automatically.
Ceiling Fans With Greater Cooling Power
Summers in Texas don’t have to be hot and expensive. Instead, you can install a ceiling fan like the Haiku Home L Series fan. You can control it from your phone or via Amazon’s Alexa. Since you’re in control you’ll use less energy, which means you’ll spend less money on your electricity bill. The fact that it also exceeds Energy Star efficiency by 450% helps you save even more money.
Thermostats That Save you Money
Nest Learning Thermostats optimize your home’s heating and cooling process by learning about your habits and your needs. Once it learns about these things this smart home technology creates a schedule that keeps your home at the right temperature without wasting energy. This will save you 10 – 12% on your gas bill and an extra 15% on your electric bill.
Air Conditioners That Work Around Your Budget
Today there are air conditioners that work around your schedule and your budget. Now you don’t have to worry about overspending money to stay cool throughout the summer months. Smart home technology such as that, which is offered by the Frigidaire Cool Connect smart window air conditioner. Simply tell it how much money you can afford to spend and it works around these parameters to keep your home comfortable. Since it even knows your schedule, it can work even better.
Blinds That React to hot Windows
Most people’s homes receive at least some direct sunlight. Unfortunately, this quickly makes your home hot, which makes your air conditioning work even harder. However, there’s now a smart home technology that gives your air conditioner a break. With the MySmartBlinds Automation Kit you can actually save electricity by blocking out the sun. Simply use an app on your smart phone to automatically close your blinds when the windows start getting hot.
Smart Vents: Choose What Rooms to Heat and Cool
You’ve always heard how you can save money by only heating or cooling those rooms in your home that you actually use. Unfortunately, this usually means you have to remember to change your vents around. This is no longer true thanks to the Keen Home Smart Vent. With this smart home technology you can regulate a room’s temperature, which is especially helpful if you only spend time in a few areas of your home.
AC Controllers That Learn Your Habits
Now your normal air conditioner can become a smart gadget that’s truly energy-efficient. With the The Tado Smart Air Conditioner and Heater Controller you can save 30% on your electricity bill. This smart home technology creates a schedule for the different times of day that turns the system off when you’re not home.
Smart, Long-Lasting LED Light Bulbs
The U.S. Department of Energy says that LED light bulbs use 75% less electricity than incandescent light bulbs. You can save even more money if you can dim the light bulbs, especially if you can do so remotely through devices like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.
Energy Monitoring From Your Phone
If you want to save even more money on your electric bill, consider using your smart phone to watch your electricity usage. CURB is a gadget that you can simply attach to your home’s breaker panel. From there this smart home technology sends your phone detailed, real-time information about how much electricity your appliances are consuming.