This post providing tips for a smart home was made possible by Direct Energy.
Everyone loves to save time and money, but most don’t know about the latest ways that technology can help us do both – automatically. Yes, I’m sure you know you can setup your DVR to record shows automatically, and have your phone send you reminders about birthdays and appointments. But did you know that you can also setup home automation? Here are 5 tips for creating a smart home through home automation.
Tips for a smart home
Automate your lighting
The idea of using a timer for your house lights is nothing new. Many people use them (including my grandmother) to have it look like their home is lived in while they are away. But, how would you like to be able to turn your porch light on as you pull in the driveway? How about being able to turn off all of the lights on the second floor of your home while you are on the first floor – or basement – or across town? You could also turn on multiple lights in one room with the press of only one button.
Automate your electronics
You know the light timers I mentioned above? Did you ever think about using them for other electronics? Plug your phone charger into an energy-saving outlet/timer. That way, after a set amount of time, it will stop charging. Think about it, once it is at 100% battery, it doesn’t need to charge anymore… any additional time is just wasting energy (and money)! Think of all of the other electronics this can be used for: electric toothbrushes, curling irons, space heaters, coffee makers and more. Some of these would also help reduce risk of fire.
Automate your watering
Watering your lawn can sometimes be a hassle. Even if you have a sprinkler, you have to move it around and make sure you don’t have it on for too long. Did you know that there are automatic irrigation systems? They not only turn on and off automatically, they also adjust the watering amount by lowering it on rainy or cold days and increasing it on hot days!
Automate your pets
Okay, not really your pets, but you can automate some of the tasks you have to do for your pets. You may have heard of automatic litter boxes, but did you know that some of these self-cleaning boxes also can connect to your bathroom or laundry room water line to flush cat waste out of your house? No more smell! You can also automate food and water with automatic, portion-controlled pet feeders and water fountains.
Automate your heating and air conditioning
Many people have started using programmable thermostats to control the temperature in their house. However, did you know that there are smart thermostats? For example, the Nest Learning Thermostat will learn your behavior and program the temperature settings that best match your lifestyle and habits. Having a Nest Thermostat along with the Comfort & Control Plan from Direct Energy will help you save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills, which helps put you in charge of your energy bill!
For those readers in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Illinois, you should check out Direct Energy’s 24 or 36 month Comfort & Control Plan which includes a Nest Thermostat at no cost (a $249 value).
Would you like to win a Nest Thermostat? Direct Energy is giving away 5 Nest Learning Thermostats. All you have to do is visit this page (mobile visitors go here) and fill out the entry form. While you are there, Direct Energy will also provide you with more info on creating a smart, convenient home.
How have you created a smart home? What home automation tips can you add? Share them here, or on social media using the hashtag #DESmartHome so we can all learn new ways to live a more convenient and efficient life!