We all know that smart home devices have a huge number of benefits. They keep us organised, help with security, and even order the shopping for us, but did you know that they could be saving you money too?
Smart home devices offer us convenience and flexibility, but this also leads to ways in which we end up paying out less each month, and in a cost-of-living crisis, who doesn’t want that? These clever little devices that we have allowed into our homes now do so much more than play music or tell us what the weather will be like today.
They give us the ultimate control over every aspect of our home to ensure that no energy is wasted and ensure that we do not waste a single penny on energy we don’t need.
Smart plugs can be attached to almost any electrical device and then plugged into a socket as normal to unlock some terrific new forms of connectivity. You can use your phone to check what devices have been left on and turn them off whenever you need to, and you can schedule it to turn on and off at specific times. Many of these plugs also come with features that help you monitor how much energy you are using, even when on standby so that you can decide what needs to be turned off more often.
Smart motion sensors
Smart motion sensors are a great way to save energy and make your home feel like something from the future. They are able to detect when you walk into a room and when you leave it, turning lights and other devices on and off accordingly so that absolutely nothing is wasted.
Have you ever thought that the blinds on your windows could be smart too? They don’t just control the amount of light in your home, but the amount of heat too. That means you can close the blinds remotely if the weather turns cold to help insulate a room. You can set this to be on a schedule or even as a response to changes in temperature, and they can open when the sun is out to allow for some natural heating to occur.
Smart leak detectors
One resource that costs a lot of money and is often wasted is water. If you have even a small leak, it can lead to a lot of wasted water that you will end up paying for, without ever knowing why. A smart leak detector can sense water problems and will send you an alert to let you know that there is an issue straight away.
Some are even capable of monitoring the water flow in the pipes, providing recommendations on conserving waste, and shutting off the flow of water when a leak is detected to prevent disaster from occurring.
Smart electric radiators have proved to be a massive money saver in recent years, especially with the crisis over gas prices. They are so easy to install that they only need a plug socket, and they are powered by electricity.
They work differently from your typical gas central heating as each one is an individual unit, meaning that you don’t need to set a whole system to work just to keep your living room warm. Instead, you can just turn on the one you need with the touch of a button on your phone, and you are not paying to heat other rooms that are not in use.
In addition to this, smart radiators come with some terrific programable features. Not only can you schedule when they go on and off, you can also control them from anywhere in the world, meaning you are not paying to heat your house if you are not home yet. Smart radiators have some terrific tools when it comes to saving you money, and they can be much cheaper to install and maintain than a gas central heating system.
Smart light bulbs
Smart bulbs are one of the easiest ways to bring smart technology into your home, as it simply means replacing your existing light bulbs with smart ones. These clever little devices can help you save energy due to the fact that they are incredibly efficient.
They are LED bulbs and so consume 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and have a much longer life span. As they are smart, they can be connected to your phone, giving you complete control whether you are at home or out of the house, so you can turn off any bulbs that are not needed.
They can also respond to voice commands through your smart speaker, and you can customise your lighting according to your activity, allowing you to have different settings for reading, watching a movie, or hosting a party.
They can also be scheduled to go on and off at particular times in order to save on the energy that you use. This can also play a big part in home security, as you can make it look as though someone is home even when you are thousands of miles away.
There are many appliances in our homes these days that are equipped with smart technology and they can all play a part in saving money. Your dishwashers, washing machines, and tumble dryers all now have the capability to sense when their job is done and turn off, and they can even be programmed to connect to the grid and only operate when electricity is at its cheapest in order to save more money.
Energy is one of the biggest costs in our lives at the moment so it is important that we do all that we can in order to reduce our usage and therefore our bills as well. Smart home appliances such as radiators, plugs, and sensors can all play their part to ensure that we are using as little as possible, avoiding wastage, and using electricity at the cheapest times of the day.