As we all know, keeping the house cool on a hot summer day can cost a fortune. Between the sun beating down from above and the doors swinging open more frequently, air conditioners are constantly working. Dealing with the utility bills after summer months can cause quite the headache. However, technology has become our best friend when it comes to helping reduce both usage and cost. Let’s look at several ways technology and cool gadgets can aid in reducing the strain on the grid, and your bank account.
Featuring the now famous Alexa, the Ecobee4 take the smart thermostat technology to genius level. Taking humidity and temperature readings from both inside and outside of the house allows this product to efficiently cool your home (it will also help in the winter as well). Amazon’s Alexa is built into the Ecobee4, so you can set timers and even play some tunes if you would like. If you are truly trying to reduce your overall utility bill, a smart thermostat is absolutely going to make an impact and the Ecobee4 is as smart as they come. In conjunction with Alexa, you can control the temp from the comfort of the bed or couch – how awesome is that?
Haiku Home L Series Smart Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans are traditionally a less expensive way to cool your home. However, this is an article about tech so how does a ceiling fan make the cut? Well, because it is a smart fan! You can control this fan via a smart phone app or can join forces with Alexa again to control with voice command. This fan surpasses Energy Star efficiency requirements by 450 times! A more efficient fan equals even less cost to operate. With an LED light featuring 16 dimming levels, again voice or phone controlled, the appropriate mood lighting is guaranteed. For the more old-fashioned crowd, who still want the efficiency and quietness attributes of this fan, there is a good old remote included.
The Keen Home Smart Vent
The least efficient aspect to most air conditioning units is that you must cool rooms that you don’t even use. Most homes do not have the capability of controlling temperatures in each individual room. Well, now there is an incredible solution to this inefficiency. This smart vent system communicates with itself from room to room where the vents are installed. You can use the smart phone app tell it which rooms are unused, or which are too hot or too cold. This allows the air conditioning to cool far more efficiently and spend less energy on underutilized spaces. No more wasting cool air on that guest room!
Technology advances are truly making life easier and over time, less expensive. The beauty of these products, and many others available, are they lower cost and the overall strain on the power grid in your area. Incorporating tech into your home could be the solution you need to reduce the summertime utility bill worries and maybe even do some good for planet Earth!