As new technology develops, our immediate environments change to accommodate it. Nowhere is this more obvious than inside 21st-century homes. New gadgets and appliances have always been commonplace, but today many of them have the potential to change our day-to-day lives.
Some of these inventions make life more convenient by automating certain tasks, while others help us live more responsibly. Energy saving technology is becoming particularly popular, as more homeowners express concern for the environment and a wish to save money. Below are some of our favorite pieces of technology that you can use to build your home of the future.
A number of smart thermostats exist today, but the first one to make a real impact on homeowners was Nest. Many people still consider Nest the frontrunner of smart thermostats, due to its ease of use. As is typical of smart thermostats, Nest regulates your home’s temperature to provide optimal comfort without wasting energy. Smartphone and computer compatibility also makes it easy to adjust your temperatures from anywhere in the world.
Some smart home devices make use of virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa. The assistants can connect to your smart thermostat, smart lights, entertainment center devices, and more. They’ll turn off your lights through voice commands, putting the days of flipping the switch behind you. They can even control security systems, and plenty of other gadgets are expected to gain compatibility in the near future.
Part of building your new smart home is knowing how exactly to save yourself some extra money on electricity costs. New apps like Homeselfe are designed to give users a quick overview of what they could do to improve energy efficiency. Homeselfe starts with some quick questions about your home and your habits, then provides an overview of how your energy is being spent. This enables you to pinpoint areas in your home where you can increase energy efficiency. Think of these apps as maps that show you where the potential savings are!
One area where you can save energy and increase convenience is your lighting. Smart bulbs cost more than traditional light bulbs, but for good reason. They last longer, use less power, and are also easier to control. Scheduled timers and the ability to control your lights remotely make smart lighting systems unrivaled in terms of convenience.
Smart lights come with companion apps that allow you to control your lighting from your mobile device. The bulbs also integrate with the aforementioned voice assistants like Siri and Alexa. With voice control the lights become even more convenient.
Upgrading your home doesn’t have to be difficult, and embracing the future isn’t always scary. With the gadgets on this list, it’s actually easy to turn your house into a modern smart home. Look for smart lights, handy apps, intelligent thermostats, and maybe an AI or two to help improve your home. You’ll end up with a more comfortable, modern, convenient, cost-effective, and energy efficient place to live.