Increasing Home Efficiency with These Products
Advances in technology continue to afford us with products that add convenience, comfort, and efficiency to our lives and our homes. We’ve identified three modern tech gadgets that will help you save money on your utility bills while enhancing your everyday life. At Cliffco Mortgage our Long Island Mortgage company knows exactly what you need to help save money when it comes to buying and maintaining a home.
- Nest Learning Thermostat
For about $250, you can equip your home with a Nest Thermostat that is capable of providing an average of 10% to 12% savings on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills – paying for itself in less than two years. Nest learns your preferred schedule and temperatures within a week of installation, and will then make automatic temperature adjustments according to when you will or will not be home. You can connect your thermostat to Wi‑Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet, or laptop. The device also lets you know the ideal temperature schedule to help you further save money and energy.
- Philips Hue Lighting System
Philips Hue is a personal wireless LED lighting system that allows you to control the lighting in your home with your smartphone. Philips Hue can welcome you home with its geofencing technology that can switch your lights on (or off) automatically when you enter (or leave) the designated perimeter. It also gives you the ability to control your lights from your bedroom to your backyard. For security and anti-theft purposes, you can even automate your lights completely to make it seem like you’re home when you’re not. The Philips Hue starter kit costs approximately $175 and is compatible with Apple HomeKit technology, which can be voice-accessed on the iPhone 6s.
- Belkin WeMo Switch
At a cost of about $40 per switch, WeMo Switch can help you conserve energy and safeguard your home against accidents involving electricity. That’s because it lets you turn your home’s plugged-in electronic devices – including TVs, stereos, heaters, fans, kitchen appliances and more – on and off from anywhere via your smartphone. Utilizing your home’s Wi-Fi network and the WeMo app, you’ll have the ability to turn devices on and off and even set schedules for them remotely using a mobile Internet connection.
For more information on Increasing your home’s efficiency or money on saving towards a home call Cliffco Mortgage at (516) 408-7300.