5 Energy-Saving Home Automation Products and Apps

5 Energy Saving Home Automation Products and Apps

With state of the art technology at our fingertips, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be conserving more time, money, and resources with all of the efficient energy-saving products and their corresponding apps, which is why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite eco-friendly gadgets just for you. 

Some of these products will be more practical and affordable than others, starting at around $200, but with the rapid growth of this particular market, there should soon come a time where the pricier products, currently up to $3,500, become much more attainable for the average homeowner.

Until then, it’s still a good idea to get a feel for the technology that’s available, especially when it comes to saving our precious resources, like time, energy, and money, so that we can spend more of it doing what’s most important to us.

1. August Smart Lock 

This nifty lock saves you time, money, and hassle by allowing your smartphone to be the key to your front door, which means you never have to copy keys again. With the August Smart Lock and app, you can lock and unlock your door from your cell phone, create virtual keys for your guests or residential employees, and have a record of who comes and goes, like notifications when your kids arrive home from school. You can grant access for specific periods of time – down to the day and the hour, plus you can delete guest access instantly.

2. Philips Hue LED Light Bulbs 

Once the Philips Hue system is set up you can add up to 50 Philips hue lights, luminaries, switches, and other accessories all from the specially designed smartphone app. There are many energy saving products to choose from with varying features like smart control, away from home control, light schedules, setting an alarm that allows your lights to wake you up, syncing with music, changing the colors of the bulbs, and so much more. These products can be purchased at your local hardware store and starter kits are available.

3. Nest Learning Thermostat 

In about half an hour you can replace your current thermostat with the Nest Learning Thermostat that adapts to your life and the changing seasons to automatically provide you with the most ideal temperatures. This smart and attractive little gadget only needs a week of programming to learn your habits. It also knows when you’re away from home and will automatically change the temperature in order to conserve energy. The Nest’s app allows you to control the temp when you’re away so you can make sure the house is at the ideal temperature before you, your family, or guests arrive home. These are readily available at hardware stores.

4. LG Smart ThinQ Refrigerator

The large capacity luxury refrigerator boasts plenty of great storage features, but is famous for its built-in 8-inch Wi-Fi LCD screen. This tablet-like monitor is the heart of the refrigerator’s smart design and it works as a mini computer that’s focused on your needs. One particular refrigerator inventory app can keep track of your groceries, letting you know what you need, what you already have, and what’s ready to expire, so you save time, money, and waste less food. It is also capable of running other apps, including one for recipes, groceries, memos, a calendar, photos, temperature settings, and more.

5. WeatherTRAK sprinklers 

A helpful tool for all of your irrigation needs, this advanced controller works with 6, 8, or 12 station sprinklers and can be managed from your smartphone. This is especially helpful for those of you who have water restrictions in place, as it’s EPA WaterSense approved and has a SWAT smart performance score of one hundred percent. You can save time, money, and water thanks to remote alerts and the ability to manage from your app anywhere, anytime. It also has one-touch customer support right at your fingertips.

We hope you enjoyed our selection of energy saving products and their apps. Now that you’ve seen a few of the products available, we want to hear from you. How far are you willing to go to make your life more efficient? Would you like to see any of these products in your own home? Let us know your thoughts on the EcoSalon Facebook page!

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Jamie Duncan

After starting out in public relations, Jamie finished college with a BFA in interior design. This combination of writing and design knowledge, coupled with her fashion and lifestyle expertise, has paved the way for an exciting freelance career. Her work has been published in magazines and online, plus she’s managed PR campaigns, and is no stranger to copywriting. Jamie’s a vegetarian and cruelty-free product fanatic. Connect with her on Twitter and check out her website to learn more.