4 Ways Smart Home Gadgets Can Save You Money

Written By Jeff Hindenach
Last updated December 1, 2020

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Home + Family
May 1, 2017

Simple. Thrifty. Living.

Beyond offering time-saving convenience, the smart gadgets you have in your home can assist you in saving money through the year. When you actively utilize home gadgets for the control of your lights, heating and cooling, water and shopping habits, your ability to keep these expenses within budget improves dramatically. Here are four ways smart home gadgets save you money.

If you’re tired of constantly following your family around and flipping off light switches, invest in an automated lighting system to perform this task for you. You can set up these smart lights to automatically switch off after a certain amount of time to reduce your home’s energy consumption. Automated light systems have an added benefit of increasing the security of your home with lights that switch on at a scheduled time to keep burglars at bay.

A smart programmable thermostat goes beyond the efficiency of turning the knob to 68 degrees Fahrenheit by making ongoing minute adjustments throughout the day. The preset adjustments closely regulate the temperature inside your home to keep it comfortable and energy-efficient. You can also make adjustments on the fly using your mobile phone in case you forget to make necessary changes before leaving your home for the day — or worse, the whole weekend.

If you love having a lush green lawn, you have likely made peace with the increase in water consumption and resulting utility bills. You don’t have to live with the associated disadvantages, however, if you invest in a Wi-Fi controlled sprinkler system. You operate this high-tech system by setting the ideal watering time for the activation of the precise, targeted sprinkler heads. Your water consumption will decline as the health and appearance of your lawn improves.

When you need to buy essentials for your home, shopping with Amazon Echo’s assistant, Alexa, can save you money on your order. Although this system doesn’t automatically apply discounts, it does decrease the urge to impulse shop. You will probably notice your order totals coming in at much less than normal after eliminating the need to look at page after page of enticing products. Furthermore, your stress levels will likely decrease as you avoid having to grapple directly with your shopping decisions.

With the four smart gadgets listed above on your side, you can focus your attention elsewhere while decreasing your overall impact on the environment — and your pocketbook. Once you open the doors to the world of smart gadgets, the temptation to automate your entire home may become too much to resist.

About the Author

Jeff Hindenach

Jeff Hindenach is the co-founder of Simple. Thrifty. Living. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He has a long history of financial journalism, with a background writing for newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Examiner, as well as writing on personal finance for The Huffington Post, New York Times, Business Insider, CNBC, Newsday and The Street. He believes in giving readers the tools they need to get out of debt.

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