We’re all familiar with the idea of smart homes, but many people don’t know how to get started. A smart home is one that uses technology to help you maintain your home and save money. Smart devices can help monitor energy usage, regulate heating and cooling, track water usage and detect leaks, among other things. And while some of these devices can be expensive, there are many affordable options available for homeowners with tight budgets who are looking for ways to improve their homes without breaking the bank. Here’s what I recommend:
Smart plugs are a great way to get started with smart home technology, as they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to install. They can be used with any device that has an outlet (lamps, fans, coffee makers) and controlled via your smartphone or tablet app.
Smart plugs use Wi-Fi signals from your router so there’s no need for additional wiring like you would have with other types of smart home products such as security cameras or thermostats. Most models come with an instruction manual that walks through installation step-by-step; however if this still seems too complicated for you then we recommend hiring an electrician who knows how to install these products safely before attempting it yourself!
Energy monitoring tools
You can also get a smart power strip to help you monitor your energy usage. The iDevices Switch offers three outlets and one USB port, with an app that tracks how much electricity you’re using in real time. It’s available in two sizes: the standard model is $40, while the larger model costs $50 but has four extra outlets instead of three.
If you want something more advanced than an energy monitor for your home, consider installing a smart thermostat like Nest or Ecobee4 that learns from your patterns over time so it can make automatic adjustments based on when people are home or away from home (Nest) or which rooms are occupied (Ecobee). You can also set up geofencing so that when someone enters or leaves their house–as determined by their phone’s location data–the system knows what temperature setting should be applied to which room(s).
Smart light bulbs
Smart light bulbs are a great way to get started with smart home technology. They can be controlled by voice or app, and allow you to set schedules and timers. They’re also perfect for security purposes: if you want to make sure no one is breaking into your house while you’re away, just have the lights turn on when they enter an unauthorized area of the house!
Smart light bulbs are easy to install as well–simply screw them into any standard socket (like those found in lamps) and connect them via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi with an app on your phone or tablet.
With a smart thermostat, you can set up schedules and rules for when the temperature should change. The device will automatically adjust the temperature based on what time of day it is and whether or not anyone is home. This means that if you’re away from home during the day but want to make sure the house doesn’t get too cold while you’re gone, then your thermostat can do that for you automatically–saving money on heating bills in the process!
Smart thermostats also allow users to control their heating remotely via smartphone app or voice commands through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant devices such as Google Home Hub (which costs around $150). Some models even offer additional features such as remote sensors that monitor indoor humidity levels so they know when extra heat needs turned on due to high humidity levels inside an apartment building during winter months; others may have WiFi connectivity built into them so they can communicate directly with other compatible smart devices within range like lights or locks which could automatically turn off after reaching certain times during nightfall hours (or vice versa).
Water sensors are a great way to protect your home from water damage. They can be installed in the basement, laundry room, kitchen or bathroom and will alert you when there’s a leak. If you have an older house with pipes that may be prone to bursting or leaking from time-to-time (or if you’re just looking for an extra layer of security), this is one of the best smart home technologies under $200.
You can save money and protect your home with smart technology.
Smart technology can help you save money, protect your home and be more efficient. It not only reduces the carbon footprint of your home but also creates a safer environment for you to live in.
Smart thermostats like Nest or Ecobee are great because they allow you to control the temperature from anywhere with an internet connection. This means that if it’s too hot where you are but not at home, these devices will automatically lower the temperature until someone gets there so that no one has to suffer from uncomfortable heat while doing household chores or working late at night on projects such as this one!
Smart lights are another great way to save money by reducing electricity usage since they turn themselves off when no longer needed (like when everyone goes upstairs for bed). They also allow people who work from home during nights/weekends without having an extra lamp sitting around being turned on all day long just because someone needs light while working at their desk!
If you’re looking for a way to protect your home and save money on electricity, then smart technology is the answer. You can install smart plugs, lights and thermostats in minutes with little effort or cost. These devices are easy to use and will help keep track of any issues with your home before they become serious problems. The best part about these products is that they don’t require any special skills or technical knowledge from users so anyone can benefit from them!