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As the real estate market continues to rise, homeowners old and new are looking for ways to keep housing prices low – even after the deal is closed.
Whether you’re about to move into a new home or you’ve been living in your place for years, you might want to consider incorporating a few gadgets into your humble abode to save money and increase energy efficiency.
Google’s Nest Thermostat
The Nest thermostat is automation for your lifestyle. The sleek-looking product learns the temperature you like and builds a schedule around your life. After using it for a week, it programs itself. The best part is… there’s an app for “that.” You can control your heating and cooling system all from your smartphone, even when you are not home. The app also showcases the daily energy consumption, so you know what days you save the most and use the most. Enbridge even offers a $100 gas credit to Nest users.
ConnectSense Smart Outlet
Ever get halfway to work and think, “did I leave my hair straightener on”? If so, for that reason alone you should consider investing in a smart wifi outlet like ConnectSense. It’s simple you plug an adapter over your existing electrical outlets, connect to wifi, download yet another app, and you have full control of the device attached to the outlet from wherever you are. The app also allows you to see how much power each device is draining. That hair straightener could be on the fritz from you leaving it on.
Philips Hue White Dimming Bulb
Sometimes one tone lighting can kill the mood. If it weren’t for intense electrical labour, most homeowners would have dimmable lighting all throughout the house. The Philips Hue Dimming Bulb kit requires zero knowledge of electrical. Screw in the bulb, stick the removal dimmer switch to a wall and dim the light away. You can take the dimmer to the next level by… wait for it… downloading the app so you can control your lights from anywhere.
If you’re sick of downloading new apps, you might want a homey. The name says it all – It’s your home homie. The primary goal of this device is to eliminate the need for multiple remotes – consider homey your house’s control room. Homey is compatible with more than 20,000 devices, including all the gadgets mentioned above. Save time, save energy, and save money all with one purchase of this cute little space ball shelf ornament.
There are a bunch of devices out there to help you save money. It’s just important to research which ones make sense for your home. Hunting for a unique gift for friends or family? A device that helps save money could be the perfect gift!