With our family member now numbering at eleven, and a new bedroom just added on this summer, my husband and I have been looking into energy savings and efficiency. We were curious to see if there were ways to harness “smart” technologies to not only streamline home maintenance, but maybe even lower our utility bills in the long run.
We found a lot of interesting options out there when it comes to something called home automation. This basically refers to a system that controls functions like lighting, temperature and electronics. By connecting your home with smart devices, you can operate appliances, access your security system, and check indoor air quality, even when you’re out and about. A smart home can also help you manage your utility budget and develop better habits when it comes to using energy and water. Some smart appliances even have self-cleaning capabilities, allowing you to save time on some chores.
Technology comes with a price, however, so many of these would have to be viewed as investments into future savings.
If you’re interested in connecting your home, or have plans to build a “smart home” in the future, take a look at these eleven cool concepts:
As a mother of small children, one of my favorite technologies is the ability to remotely cut off power. Never again would I worry “Did I forget to turn the stove off?” Another brilliant idea is the home air monitor, which alerts you to changes in humidity and quality. It’s frustrating in our dry climate when our piano goes completely out of tune due to fluctuating moisture levels in the house. Our piano teacher keeps the humidity level in his home strictly regulated and this is something I definitely want to invest in!
Which of these home automation technologies interests you the most? Let me know in a comment!
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