Home automation is one of the most sought-afterfeatures when it comes to smart devices. Why? Smart devices provide homeowners with an inexpensive and easy way to automate their homes in ways that may offer them the convenience that they didn’t know they were missing out on.
But automation isn’t the only feature offered by smart devices. Home security and energy efficiency are also some of the benefits reaped by homeowners when it comes to particular smart devices. Smart door locks, smart cameras and even video doorbells have provided homeowners with the means to ramp up home security because of their around-the-clock access from our smartphones. It lets them watch over their homes even from miles away.
On the other hand, energy efficiency is one of the biggest advantages to homeowners upon installing smart devices. Not only does it contribute to the fact that they are setting their green footprint on society, but it comes with a bonus factor: reduced heating, cooling, and water bills! Here are 3 smart devices that explain the concept perfectly.
1.Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller
Imagine not having problems with your sprinklers every now and then. It becomes a hassle for homeowners when they’re running late for work and they have to leave the sprinklers on for a bit. So what do they do? Knock on their neighbor’s door and hope that they switch it off after 30 minutes. Struggles like these make it tough for people to maintain their yards as if juggling every other aspect of life wasn’t already enough. A solution to all sprinkler-related problems is a smart sprinkler controller.
The Rachio 3 Wi-Fi sprinkler controller 16 zone is perfect for homeowners who have big yards and struggle to maintain them. With the help of Weather Intelligence Plus, this smart sprinkler controller has access to a network of around 300,000 weather stations to pick up on weather forecasts in order to adjust the watering schedule accordingly. On days where there is a prediction of rainfall, it skips the watering – so you get what we mean.
Other than having access to weather forecasts, the Rachio app on smartphones allows homeowners to fill in details particular to their yard, and let it automatically monitor and optimize their watering schedule according to the information. With sprinklers, people tend to face the issue of water wastage quite often, so this is a sure way to make use of water efficiently.
2.Google Nest Learning Thermostat
Much as its name suggests, the Google Nest Learning Thermostat features a technology that allows for the smart thermostat to quite literally learn the usual temperature settings of a home – and can adjust itself automatically throughout the day.
But like all smart devices, the Nest Learning Thermostat features its own mobile application that allows people to access the device remotely. That’s right, people can now switch their thermostats on just before they get home, or even just pick up their phone to switch it off on their way out if they previously forgot to.
Independent studies have shown promising results when it comes to energy efficiency with the Nest Learning Thermostat. They have been known to reduce an average of 10% to 12% in heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.
3.Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb
Without the need for any additional hub, the Sengled Wi-Fi Bulbs are super easy to install and make it easier to set up a smart lighting system for your home. Each bulb is individually controllable through the Sengled Home smartphone app, but just for further information, users can enable voice control when paired with voice assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant – and these smart bulbs are also compatible with hubs likeZigbee, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT.
There are different kinds of Sengled LED smart bulbs, ones that stick to their warm or white tones, with the ability to adjust brightness levels, and then there are the multicolor ones that allow users to choose from over 16 million shades! The lifespan of a single Sengled LED bulb is around 25,000 hours, and given that they are LED as opposed to the regular light bulb, and the fact that users can set time schedules or remotely switch the lights on or off, they will definitely be useful for the long run! Regardless, these bulbs still help in cutting down electricity wastage and show a significant reduction in the electrical bills too in time.
The 3 devices above are some of the prime examples of smart devices being energy efficient. And if these aren’t convincing enough you can browse through FirstEnergy’s smart home catalog on www.firstenergyhome.com and see for yourself. There are a plethora of smart devices out there, each unique with its own features and bringing with them a ton of features that are only advantageous to homeowners.