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Having trouble keeping up with all of the latest gadgets? Fortunately, there are low cost ways to make your home a smart home. And bonus, most practical smart home products are affordable and easy to configure, eliminating the cost of a pricey install. More people can now afford to upgrade to smart thermostats, security systems and smart hubs.

What do I need for a smart home?

Building a smart home is as easy as choosing devices that will benefit you the most. Have a dog that needs watched while at work? Choose a camera that can be controlled by a smartphone. Want to make sure your home is cool or warm when returning? Invest in a thermostat that can be controlled remotely.

How to get started with a smart home

There are several smart home products that have been created to make life easier. Take some time to research smart home component options. You often underestimate how far smart home technology has come and how affordable it can be to purchase.

You can always invest in more smart home products as you can afford them. If you are on a tight budget, purchasing all of your smart home components in one go may not be feasible. By purchasing products over time, you can enjoy increased energy savings without breaking the bank. If you choose to buy products one at a time, consider purchasing products that all work with one hub (such as Apple Home Kit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant). This will ensure that all of the products purchased separately will eventually be controlled together, saving you time and money.

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Smart homes don’t need to be expensive, and can lower your energy bills

The first smart home component we recommend purchasing is a thermostat. A smart thermostat can be purchased for under two hundred dollars and can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet. Smart thermostats will allow you to set the temperature even when you are not at home. Heating and cooling are often one of the largest culprits in high energy bills and a smart thermostat can save you hundreds of dollars per year.

Another product worth considering is a smart plug. A smart plug can be purchased for under thirty dollars and works with your existing AC outlets. Smart plugs can control appliances such as a TV, washing machine, electric fan, coffee maker and more. Use a free app such as Yonomi or Smart Life on your smartphone or tablet to easily control each device. The apps also work with voice command services such as Apple Home Kit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Interested in saving even more money to purchase additional smart home components? Consider signing up for one of our renewable energy programs. The process only takes two minutes. We do all the work by matching your home with available clean energy resources. Using renewable energy is a great compliment to smart homes.

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