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Eco-friendly Smart Home Gadgets to Green Your Spring

Eco-friendly Smart Home Gadgets to Green Your Spring

By Erin Vaughan

Spring is here, and that has all of us feeling a lot greener. After all, it's hard not to think at least a little bit about the environment when you've just watched nature call forth all of her bud-tipped bounty! Green devices offer plenty of ways to celebrate the springtime renewal from the safety of the porch—while cutting the Earth a break at the same time. Check it out below!

Add a Smart Control to Your Fan and Enjoy Porch Season

Higher temperatures can mean bulked-up energy bills. Ceiling fans, in particular, offer a greener way to stay cool in the spring and early summer. A central air conditioning unit can easily gobble up thousands of watts of energy a month, while a ceiling fan usually only uses about a tenth of that energy. Pair your fan with a Z-Wave activated wall-mounted switch that lets you manage your fan right from your smartphone.

Finally Fix Your Thermostat Situation

Speaking of air conditioning bills, there's a good chance yours might go up over the summer, so prepare now by installing a more energy-efficient thermostat. Programmable thermostats get the DOE's vote for energy savings; according to their ENERGY STAR program, you can save up to 10 percent on your electricity bills by setting your thermostat back when you're away. While you're at work, for instance, dial your thermostat up to 78 degrees, and you'll see the difference on your utility payments. Then you can set your smart thermostat to automatically turn down the temperature a half hour before your arrival to make sure your home is cool and comfortable when you open the door. With a smart thermostat, you can truly set it and forget it. Of course, that thermostat will only work well if your AC's doing its part, too, so if your central air conditioner is old and outdated, it may be time to have your old system put out to pasture in favor of a greener, high-SEER AC.

Planning for Smarter Shades

Passive heating and cooling—the kind that doesn't take any electricity — is a really green way to trim your bills come summertime. In fact, energy-efficient window treatments like motorized exterior blinds can significantly reduce solar heat gain, especially when they're installed over south or west-facing windows, and they don't even require a window replacement. They work even better than indoor blinds because they block the sunlight before it enters your home. Manipulating blinds like these without a remote control can be difficult and a lot of motorized shades won't work with your smartphone—at least until now. A Z-Wave motor control turns all of those "dumb" remote-controlled gadgets into technological marvels.

Outdoor Get-Together? Light It Up With the Push of a Button

Milder weather naturally leads to kicking back on the patio, but as day unfolds into evening, who wants to give up their spot in the lawn chair to turn on the lights or start a fire in the fire pit? A smart handheld control can solve at least one of those problems. It lets you remotely turn up to eighteen smart appliances and lights on and off, and group them together to program scenes. Your spring just got a little bit smarter—now, if only you could find a device to decode grandma's secret BBQ sauce recipe!

Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner. She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

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3 Smart Home Projects to Work on This Spring

3 Smart Home Projects to Work on This Spring

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Spring Forward Simply with Smart Home Tech

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Digital Trends

Yale Real Living Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt With Z-Wave ($165) - We put the Yale's touchscreen lock at the top of this list because it checks all the basic requirements for a good smart lock. It's easy to install, works with smart home systems such as SmartThings and Honeywell, and the backlit digital keypad eliminates the need to carry around house keys.

Week 2: Paul's Smart Home Diary

Wareable

For while this diary is going to be all about the latest and greatest smart home tech – an area I consider myself at least mildly authoritative on – getting that tech connected and playing nicely is a different beast entirely.

It may look retro, but this Airstream is probably smarter than your house

Digital Trends

One benefit of a connected home is that it should (asuming the system is working) let you know when there's a problem, even if you're not there. It's one reason those with vacation homes are installing smart leak detectors, Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, and so on. And just because your second home is on wheels, it doesn't mean having devices that keep an eye on things is any less helpful.

The best smart home hub of 2016

BGR

Connection to all of your smart devices shouldn't be an issue whatsoever, given that the SmartThings hub offers many of the well-known wireless protocols, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, and ZigBee.

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CEPro

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A defining feature of the new technology is the way Z-Wave devices actually communicate better with one another as more devices are added to the network.

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With live and recorded video, instant mobile alerts, Z-Wave home automation and an extensive list of environmental sensors, Piper nv is an excellent choice for a home or office.