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Smart Home Gadgets to Help Lower Your Utility Bills

by Richard Tichy 01/12/2020

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When it comes to conserving energy, homeowners wanting to go green often spare no expense. Here are a few ways to upgrade your home without lightening your wallet.

Smart Thermostat

A powerful method to control your power use while saving money on your air conditioning bills in the summer and heating bills each winter is by installing a smart thermostat. Utilizing a system that monitors the indoor and outdoor humidity and temperatures to adjust your system keeps your home on an even keel and your bills steady. Choose one with multiple sensors so that you don’t end up with hot spots or cold rooms around your home. You can adjust your thermostat manually, but the best way to make it smart is to connect it to a smartphone or voice-controlled device.

Motion Sensing Dimmers

You try your best, but there’s always one room where it seems the lights get left on more often than you’d like. The challenge is, it’s the same room that’s often empty most of the day, so no one even notices the lights burning. To combat this issue, replace the standard light switch with a sensing dimmer switch. That way, if someone’s in the room, the light turns on, but when there’s no one moving around, off it goes. And, when daylight comes in the windows, the sensor knows to keep the light off.

If you’re retrofitting an older home, replace pull-chain lights in basements and utility rooms with a motion-sensing light so that you never have to stumble around waving your arms in front of you trying to grab the string to the pull-chain.

Adjustable LEDs

On the subject of lights, Take it up (or down) a notch with a 3-way LED. The equivalent of a 60-watt bulb can adjust from soft, warm light to bright, daylight with built-in wireless technology at the sound of your voice when connected to your smartphone or smart home.

If you’re looking for ways to make your home appeal to a more energy-conscious set of buyers, try utilizing these inexpensive, smart home technologies.

About the Author
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Richard Tichy

President and Designated Broker of Empire Realty Group, Richard Tichy, has 38 years of experience in real estate. He has represented buyers and sellers in over 2,000 transactions of single family homes, new home construction, multi-family buildings, commercial properties and business opportunities. Richard has helped over 200 clients through the real estate downturn including short sales, pre-foreclosures, and bank owned properties. Investment property clients look to Richard for his negotiation expertise when buying or selling. He has personally been involved in owning and managing rental properties and remodeling and flipping over 100 homes. Richard has partnered with investors and contractors in the construction of 33 custom homes as project manager and sales broker.