The word revolution means different things to different people and depending on your personal perspective it may be good or bad – that’s just human nature. Even a revolution in technology that’s meant to make our lives easier can be a scary prospect for some. That’s definitely true when it comes to the rise of the smart home and everything that comes with it. It’s our position that the increased use of smart home technology should be embraced with open arms as there really is nothing to fear and a lot to be gained. Smart home technology can save you both time and money as long as it’s set up properly and being used to its full potential. Below you’ll find the reasons we’re convinced the smart home is good for families at all stages of the life cycle.
Why a Smart Thermostat Will Reduce Your Heating Bill
Until recently the idea of a thermostat that could actually help the home owner save money would have seemed like a myth right up there with the Unicorn. Sure they kept your home warm, but it was never an even heat on all levels and it wasn’t unusual for one level to be uncomfortably warm while temperatures were downright frigid on another. Enter the from companies such as Nest. This ingenious little device can sense your presence and turn up the heat accordingly – when no one’s home it can automatically turn itself down to minimal levels. This type of self-adjusting thermostat can potentially save you between 10 and 12% per year. For the average family that’s typically somewhere between $150 and $300 in your pocket. You can also use an app to access the Nest thermostat remotely to make manual adjustments if you know you’ll be arriving home soon.
Shedding Some Light on Your Electricity Bills
It isn’t just a smart thermostat that can save you considerable amounts of money off your energy bills each month. There are all kinds of smart technologies that have the potential to save you a lot of money in the long run – a great example is the Philips Hue smart light bulb. These bulbs can actually learn your behaviour over time. They are connected to your home Wi-Fi network and they can be controlled through it. Eventually the system learns when you typically go to bed and it will turn off lights automatically behind you. These can also sense when you enter a room unexpectedly and raise the lights accordingly. It’s estimated that the average household spends as much as 12% of their electricity bill on lighting and this type of system can easily cut that bill in half. That may only be between $50 and $100 per year, but in today’s challenging economy every penny counts.
Remoted Doorbell Convenience
If you’ve ever had the displeasure to miss the delivery person when they show up with a package you’ve been waiting on for weeks you share my pain. A few years ago I was waiting on a new laptop to arrive and while I had a general idea when it was going to show up I didn’t know the exact day for sure. Not surprisingly it showed up while I was away one day. I ended up having to drive to the delivery company’s central depot a few miles away to pick up my package. This cost me a lot of time that could have been better spent on other things. There might not have been an easy answer to my problem then, but there certainly is now. With a you can see who’s at the door and interact with them using its built-in camera and microphone from anywhere in the world.
A Lock that Saves Time
When you combine one of the video doorbells we just mentioned with a smart lock system you can easily make sure that package gets into your home safely and securely. A smart door lock such as the Schlage Connect can be used to control and allow access to your home remotely using an app. This can be used to let that delivery person in to drop your package off so you don’t have to pick it up, to
let the grandkids in the house so you don’t have to rush home, or just to check if you remembered to lock the door. All of these scenarios would have cost you precious time in the past, but with this new door lock technology those problems are a thing of the past.
Worth the Upgrades
The products we’ve talked about above can save you both time and money as part of your smart home. With these smart devices there may be a bit of cost upfront, but the overall savings are considerable. If you haven’t already started building your smart home you should get stared today.