Ways to Use Smart Bulbs and Outlets to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

There are hundreds of smart home products on the market today. The technology can seem almost otherworldly. Think back about 25 years, did we really think we’d be able to turn on our lamps with a verbal command? Now the technology for that and more are readily available. Things have come a long way and they keep improving! Not only are things more technologically advanced, they can help make our homes more energy efficient and cut down on our consumption.

If you aren’t using smart home tech to improve your home’s energy efficiency, then you’re missing out. Here are the ways this tech can help to transform your home’s energy efficiency.

  • Timers. The technology from the old dial-style outlet timers has come a long way. Now it’s possible to make your home’s smart lights work on a schedule that fits your family. Using your computer or mobile device you can set up a plan to only use lights when you’re home and save energy when you aren’t around.
  • Remote Control. Smart home tech gives a new meaning to the term, “remote control.” If you are using smart outlets or bulbs, it’s possible to remotely turn off an outlet or bulb from your phone. If you have a voice assistant (such as the Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa) you can tell the lights to turn off without even lifting a finger. There’s no need to worry if you left your curling iron plugged in or your Christmas tree lights burning when you’re away from home. Simply use the app with your smart outlets to control the plugs throughout your home.
  • Automated Illumination. Technology has advanced to a point where bulbs can work to take away the need to flip a switch. Light sensitive outdoor bulbs can turn on when the sun goes down and turn off when it comes up again. There’s no need to think about turning off the outdoor lights when you wake up in the morning or worry about coming home to a dark front porch.
  • Keep Tabs on Use. Smart bulbs and outlets can track your use throughout the day. See where you’re spending more energy and where you can trim your consumption.
  • Stop Energy Drains. Appliances can cost energy just by being left plugged into an outlet. Use smart plugs to turn off the outlet remotely or on a schedule without having to physically remove chargers or small appliances.
  • Make Efficiency More Efficient. This sort of tech is a new frontier for homeowners. It’s fun to make a game of finding ways to cut back on energy use around the house. Automating and scheduling your lights is a way to save energy without even thinking about it! By making it easier to control your home’s consumption, it’s easier to save valuable energy resources.

What are your favorite ways to use smart tech in your home? Do you have any tips for increasing your home’s energy efficiency with this type of tech? We’d love to hear your ideas!

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