Before jumping on the smart home bandwagon, you might wonder if spending a few thousand dollars for multiple smart devices is necessary. The short answer is no… but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth it.
You don’t need any smart devices at all. You need shelter, clean water, food, and community. That said, I bet you have a smartphone anyway. You have one because it improves your life and makes it more convenient.
Smart home solutions do the same thing. As access to technology improves, our standard of life does too. It’s a new era and although creating a smart home could look like frivolous spending right now, in 10 years, it’s going to be the center of our lives. So the question is, would you like to jump aboard the smart home train now and join the digital natives, or remain a digital immigrant in IoT (Internet of Things)?
If the perpetual advance of technology doesn’t convince you, maybe money will. A well-configured smart home is eco-friendly and decreases your utility bills. Consider thermostats; smart thermostats. Smart thermostat moguls, Nest and ecobee have savings reports indicating that “on average, the Nest thermostat saved 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling… savings of $131-145 a year” and “ecobee customers in the US saved an average of 23% on their heating and cooling costs.” These devices pay for themselves in just a couple years.
Smart thermostats are just one way to save energy. Other effective tools are smart lightbulbs and outlets. If you install a Philips Hue ecosystem instead of your regular lighting, you are going to use “80% less power than a traditional bulb” per bulb. Smart wall outlets like iDevices can be controlled remotely or set up with time limits so you can stop inactive usage or specific devices from using excessive energy. Devices like speakers, stereos, computer screens, coffee makers, kettles, and basically any device that has a light on when plugged in can all be controlled using smart outlets. Obviously the savings with these devices won’t rival those of Nest and ecobee, but if you’re the kind of person who worries whether you’ve off your oven and iron once you’ve left the house, the ability to control energy usage remotely is comforting.
Still not convinced? There are also monetary incentives provided by government organizations including rebate programs for using smart alternatives. Check your smart device’s rebate page to find out how much. It can be an easy $100. Check it out.
As a final thought, it’s important to remember that these items are not “smart” in the way that we would describe a person. They allow us to live smarter, but only if we engage with them properly. Just like a smart phone, smart home devices are not going to make your life smart until you engage with them. Most people don’t know how to use a large portion of their smart device’s potential. Like our brains. That’s why we’re here. We can help you set up a smart home so you will see lower bills, less energy used, and higher convenience. Who knows, maybe you’ll even start looking for more home solutions. It’s addictive!
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Selcuk Karaoglan – Founder of Deus ex Machina