Lynne Eliopoulos
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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 1/31/2021

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When it comes to conserving energy, homeowners wanting to go green often spare no expense. Here are a few ways to upgrade your home without lightening your wallet.

Smart Thermostat

A powerful method to control your power use while saving money on your air conditioning bills in the summer and heating bills each winter is by installing a smart thermostat. Utilizing a system that monitors the indoor and outdoor humidity and temperatures to adjust your system keeps your home on an even keel and your bills steady. Choose one with multiple sensors so that you donít end up with hot spots or cold rooms around your home. You can adjust your thermostat manually, but the best way to make it smart is to connect it to a smartphone or voice-controlled device.

Motion Sensing Dimmers

You try your best, but thereís always one room where it seems the lights get left on more often than youíd like. The challenge is, itís the same room thatís often empty most of the day, so no one even notices the lights burning. To combat this issue, replace the standard light switch with a sensing dimmer switch. That way, if someoneís in the room, the light turns on, but when thereís no one moving around, off it goes. And, when daylight comes in the windows, the sensor knows to keep the light off.

If youíre retrofitting an older home, replace pull-chain lights in basements and utility rooms with a motion-sensing light so that you never have to stumble around waving your arms in front of you trying to grab the string to the pull-chain.

Adjustable LEDs

On the subject of lights, Take it up (or down) a notch with a 3-way LED. The equivalent of a 60-watt bulb can adjust from soft, warm light to bright, daylight with built-in wireless technology at the sound of your voice when connected to your smartphone or smart home.

If youíre looking for ways to make your home appeal to a more energy-conscious set of buyers, try utilizing these inexpensive, smart home technologies.




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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 6/9/2019

Over the past four years or so, smart home technology has been snowballing in terms of popularity and capabilities. With a few devices, you can watch your entire home from the office or anywhere, turn off your lights while you are at the mall, and so much more. Unlike what you will hear, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars to make your home smart. Learn about some of the hottest intelligent home devices you can buy for under $100:

Blink Security Camera Price: $99 

This device, there is no need for expensive CCTV installation. The Blink Security Camera is wireless, easy to set up, uses AA batteries and can last more than two years. It features a motion sensor that lets it record when any slight movement is made your home. You can connect it to your smartphone to have a steady view of what's happening in your home when you are not around. It is waterproof, no monthly contract, and also has night vision. 

Google Chromecast Price: $35 

Google Chromecast transforms your ordinary TV to a Smart TV. Just plug it in into the HDMI port and power it through a USB. This will make your smartphone the remote control for your smart TV, allowing you to watch your favorite content from YouTube, Hulu, Netflix and many more. 

Amazon Echo Dot Price: $40 

The Amazon Echo Dot is a smart speaker that is linked to your Amazon Alexa. When you talk to Amazonís Alexa, you can get weather reports, play music, set alarms and so much more. It's beautifully designed and convenient to use. 

Samsung SmartThings Hub Price: $89.99 

This device will allow you to control almost every gadget in your home through your smartphone rather than using individual applications for each device. This device acts as the central system for managing and monitoring your home from its easy to use Android app. The Samsung SmartThings Hub also works with Google home or Amazon Alexa. 

Ring Video Doorbell Price: $99.99 

This fantastic device features a motion sensor that alerts you of any movement outside your door. This wireless device also features a video and two-way audio so you can communicate with whoever is at your door from a smartphone, tablet or laptop with internet connection. With the Ring Video doorbell, you can keep an eye on your front door as well as have complete peace of mind whenever you are not at home.

Visit your local hardware store for the best smart home devices to make the kitchen a more convenient place for you.