Technology is always improving, which means it is easier than ever to cut back on your energy bill. While you still want to be proactive in controlling your thermostat and turning off the lights, you can also integrate these smart gadgets into your home for an even lower electric bill.
A Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats, like the popular Nest,1 are one of the hottest gadgets on the market today, and for good reason. Not only can you control it from your smartphone, the thermostat actually adapts to the usage of the electric grid. It adjusts its operation to avoid using electricity when there is a massive influx of usage—like when everyone gets home from work and cranks up their A/C. Your house will still be kept at a perfect temperature, the learning thermostat will just beat the rush.
A Smart Electrical Outlet
When you keep appliances and chargers plugged in, they’re constantly using energy. But when you consider how many items you keep plugged in all of the time, it can add up to quite a bit of energy. With a smart electrical outlet, like the WeMo Switch2 from Belkin, you can control your outlets with the touch of a button on your phone. The outlet allows the power to be turned off without you having to actually go around and manually unplug everything.
An Intelligent Oven
If you do a lot of cooking, then your oven is a huge culprit of your energy use. Not only does the oven itself require a lot of energy, but it also makes your house hotter, which makes your air conditioner work harder. With an intelligent oven like the June,3 you can eliminate a lot of the preheating time. Plus, the convection technology within it helps reduce cooking times. It is available in both countertop and full-oven size.
A Smart Hub
For energy efficiency and convenience, you will also want to install a smart automation hub, like Samsung’s SmartThings.4 This device connects all of your gadgets into one system that allows you to effortlessly control everything from your lighting to your thermostat through your smartphone. It is the ultimate smart gadget that makes operating all of your other smart gadgets a breeze.
No matter how much work you do to control your energy usage, the amount you pay can be altered a lot by who is providing your energy source. At North American Power, we give you back control of your energy rates, so you can make sure you have the lowest energy bill possible. To learn more about how we can help you choose your own energy supplier, contact us now.
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