Energy Solutions for Residential

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Converting a ‘Dumb’ Home to a Smart One: Is it Worth it?

Depending on your age, your technical knowledge or perhaps your interests, you may or may not be excited at the prospect of installing smart devices in your home, but having a “smart home” can help make the many tasks we do each day less time consuming, more fun, and potentially less costly.

Smart home They are houses that interconnect a number of control devices and home appliances to improve their efficiency and operability.

Smart home automation allows you to program a variety of items ranging from a smart thermostat, to lights, window blinds and even items like an automatic pet-feeding bowl.

If all your devices are interconnected, you can control them from one place on your tablet or cell phone. And if you have voice-assisted technology, you can control it all with a few words, and presto! — the coffee maker starts or your lights turn on or off.

These devices monitor, control and track energy use of individual smart plugs or whole-house monitoring trackers (so you can improve your energy “fitness”), and may include smart lighting with motion sensors and phone app controls.

Smart appliances and devices can help you save money because, in many cases, they help you use less energy. They’re also convenient, fun to use and can give you peace of mind and they most likely will recover the initial investment over a few short years.

Options for upgrading to a Smarter Home

Don’t have the budget to make all the devices in your home smart and interconnected? Consider these stand-alone items that could help you save money on your utility bill:

Smart thermostats

Smart plugs

Energy monitoring devices

Smart lighting

Smart bulbs

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