Years ago, the ability to make your home smarter than a human was virtually unheard of, and today it is possible in almost every way. From thermostats that learn your family’s lifestyle and adapt to your cooling and heating habits, to controlling your lighting, and security from your smart phone, the future is here. Your home has the ability to almost run by itself for less money, and all while saving you time, and saving the Earth’s precious resources. Here are a few home innovations that are helping to save you money.
A thermostat that’s part of the family: The new Nest Learning Thermostat is as beautiful as an iPhone, and as innovative as a human. The Nest thermostat learns your family and their lifestyle. After a few short days the thermostat will sense the moisture, temperature, and light in your home to measure when it should turn on and off. This innovative technology helps you stop adjusting the thermostat, and in turn will help you save money on heating and cooling bills. To add icing to the cake, it will show you over time how much money you saved, and a history of your usage on the screen. Who said thermostats have to be ugly and utilitarian?
Security and home automation: There used to be a time when home security meant having to be home to arm or disarm the system in order to keep your home safe. Now, thanks to the innovation of home automation and integrating the internet and smart phones, we can have control in the palm of our hands. Whether you are away from your home on holiday and you need to turn the lights on for the house sitter, or your kids accidently forget how to turn off the security system, innovative automation gives you complete control and peace of mind. ADT Pulse offers security; home management with cameras/video screens and helps you save energy with lighting and temperature automation. Helping your family stay safe, and comfortable is one more way innovation is saving money and lending a hand.
Smart appliances to save the Earth: While energy efficient appliances aren’t new to homeowners, appliance manufacturers are finding new ways to bring innovation to your fingertips. Several clothes washer and dryer manufacturers are using a unique communicating system to troubleshoot problems when using their machines. The homeowner can hold their phone to the machine, and send the technician a coded sound to pinpoint the issue with the machine. In addition to saving time, water efficient kitchen and laundry appliances can save thousands of pounds a year for water consumption and can run on less electricity to operate than ever before. Appliances can now pay themselves off in energy and money savings, rather than just ignoring the fact that appliances are something you have to spend an arm and a leg on, they now are proving their worth.
Your innovative home is getting more technology savvy everyday, and helping homeowners too! From the temperature in your home, to the security of your family, the reality of innovation is no longer just hype.
Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the architectural and interior design industry for over 13 years. Her architectural background has lent to years of hands on experience with homeowners, construction, and helping people love their homes. Always writing with the motto, “Home is the one place you can truly call yours, make it beautiful”. Find her at Freshome, where she is Executive Editor and helps readers daily with home tips to learn and get inspired.