5 Ways To Make Your Home Smart & Energy Efficient

Check out this article to learn how to start making your home smart, while saving a Lot of Cash! We researched some of the top tech and even checked reviews on Amazon & Home Depot to find some the best smart home gadgets & appliances currently on the market. 

1. Smart Thermostat - 47% of an average home's energy goes toward heating & cooling.  

A smart thermostat can maximize your comfort & save lots of energy! 

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Ecobee is considered to be one of the most energy-efficient thermostats available. Voice-enabled with built-in Amazon Alexa. Ecobee claims that it's customers save an average of 23% annually on heating & cooling costs! Works with Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings & IFTTT.

Nest is another top-rated thermostat.  It is the #1 best selling thermostat on Amazon. Works with Alexa. Nest claims that it's customers save an average of 10-12% on heating bills & 15% on cooling bills!

*Pro Tip - to save even more money on your heating/cooling costs, consider adding smart vents to your home!

2. Water Heater - 14% of an average home's energy goes toward heating water.  

Both Rheem systems below are Energy Star rated and are compatible with Nest & Wink.

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A tankless system heats water on demand and saves a lot of space since it is wall mounted. This unit features an exclusive water savings setting!

The traditional tank system is better than ever when it's a smart system! The electronic ignition system on this unit eliminates the standing pilot light, saves energy and monitors system performance.

3. Washer & Dryer - 13% of an average home's energy goes toward doing laundry. 

The Samsung washer and dryer below are Energy Star rated and both have a steam feature.

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Washer. It even sends out reminders to use the chemical-free self-clean option every 40 wash cycles. 

Dryer. Vent sensor detects duct blockages and reminds you to clean your vent; it also conveniently allows you to forward these alerts to your smartphone. Samsung's patented Eco Dry technology can use up to 25% less energy on every load.

4. Lighting - 12% of an average home's energy goes toward home lighting. 

The lighting systems below are some of the more robust options available & both even offer geofencing.

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Philips Hue - Automate your lighting experience and control your lights from home or away. Create light schedules from the Philips Hue App and never come home to a dark house. Control your lights with your voice using Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant. Pair it for home automation with your existing Nest or Samsung SmartThings system.

Lutron Caseta - Works with Alexa for voice control. Easy to set up and schedule lights so your family will always come back to a well-lit home. Lights can automatically adjust with changing seasons and Daylight Savings time. Use with voice assistant, Pico remote, or smartphone.

5. Refrigerator -  4% of an average home's energy goes toward powering the fridge.  

5 Ways To Make Your Home� Smart� & Energy Efficient �This Samsung fridge has 3 built-in digital cameras that allow you to view what's in your fridge using your cell phone. No worries if you forgot to make a grocery list! Set expiration notifications to help reduce food waste.

**Pro Tip - replacing an old, inefficient HVAC system can also result in much lower utility bills!

Southern California Edison - Click Here to view current rebates & incentives for switching to energy efficient appliances & thermostat. If you have a different utility company, be sure to reach out to them to find out what rebate/incentive programs they offer!

Home energy use stats courtesy of: http://www.visualcapitalist.com/what-uses-the-most-energy-home/

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