Full disclosure: this article is financially supported by Direct Energy.
Well, hello there, winter. At least it seems that way. Today alone, it’s hailed three times and I’ve definitely wished I was wearing boots and pants versus my capris. We moved, and appropriately it has me thinking about ways we’ll be welcoming winter with a Smart Home.
One of the things that I do to have a Smart Home is not turn on the A/C or heat until it is absolutely necessary. In my mind, that’s June 1 for the A/C and at least October 15 for the heat (although it definitely crossed my mind today to break my rule). But that’s not the only thing you can do to have a Smart Home. I learned a few things from Direct Energy that will help make your home smarter and more convenient this winter (and all year long).
1. Install a smart thermostat, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat. Smart thermostats offer you climate control, the convenience of programming away from home, and more.
2. Your living room typically has multiple active light sources available. Make sure your lighting is energy efficient by switching traditional bulbs to CFLs or LEDs.
3. Replace your old, inefficient appliances with new, efficient, Energy Star® appliances. Old appliances tend to run inefficiently.
4. Replace the showerhead in your bathroom(s) with low flow showerheads. These showerheads regulate the flow of water, assuring you a more efficient shower.
5. Make sure you have a strong Wi-fi signal from your smart thermostat and smart devices. Because you can remotely control your smart thermostat via the internet, periodically check the signal strength in the network settings on the thermostat’s control screen.
6. Installing light dimmers can save cut your electricity use 40% over time and make your lightbulbs last 20 times longer.
7. Use an automated pet food and water dispensing system so you don’t have to worry about feeding your pets if you happen to be away from home for longer than you had intended.
8. Planting trees in optimal spots on your property will provide shade during the warmer months making your system work less hard to cool your home down.
9. Even when your appliances are turned off, they are still using electricity. Use smart power strips to combat energy vampires.
10. Use a smart sprinkler to control your sprinkler system from your smartphone. They adjust setting based on weather and time of day so you don’t have to.
I think it’s be great to have a smart thermostat like the Nest Learning Thermostat to keep our house climate controlled all year long. Good news, Direct Energy is hosting a sweepstakes where 5 lucky winners will have the chance to win Nest Learning Thermostats!
The giveaway will take place from Wednesday, October 1st to Wednesday, October 22nd. Winners will be selected in Mid-November.
While you are there, you can also find out more about Direct Energy’s Comfort & Control Plans that include a Nest Learning Thermometer and helps you lower your heating and cooling bills by 20%. We will be looking into this come November when we’re in our new place, but for now, you’ll find us comfy and cozy at Grammie and Pappy’s house until then.
Thanks to Direct Energy for asking me to share these tips for a smart home with you.