5 Smart Home Upgrades That Are Good for Your Pocket and the Planet


The synergy between the smart home and the sustainable home is a beautiful thing. Technology brings conveniences, and by reducing our consumption of water and energy, sustainability brings savings. Put these two powerful features together, and you have the sustainable smart home. This is a home that saves its owner money and the planet precious resources—by automating many of the things we forget to do, don’t know how to do, or don’t realize we need to do.

Here are five of the best smart home upgrades you can do in your own home that will benefit both the planet and your pocket.

Replace Your Standard Thermostat with a Smart Thermostat

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Resource Savings: According to Energy Star, installing a smart thermostat is the best way to save energy in your home. While programmable thermostats save energy by running the heating and cooling system when you think you’ll be home, smart thermostats know when you’re home. They use geolocation of your smartphone and/or sensors to figure out when the house is empty or occupied and adjust accordingly.

Convenience: Apart from never needing to fiddle with the thermostat again, smart thermostats can be controlled remotely using your smartphone. For example, you can turn the heat down when you’re away for a few days and then adjust it on your way home so it’s nice and cozy when you arrive. Some of the higher-end smart thermostats can actually learn your heating and cooling patterns and preferences and program themselves for you.

Cost: Smart thermostats run from $100 to $250, but some promise to pay for themselves in energy savings within a year or two. Also, you may be eligible for a rebate of between $25 and $200 through your energy company. Enter your zip code here to see if you qualify.

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