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3 Ways Your Smart Home Helps You Meet Your Goals

3 Ways Your Smart Home Helps You Meet Your Goals

Chances are good that by the time you read this, you've broken most if not all of your New Year's resolutions. Nobody's blaming you, of course. Our brains just aren't programmed to follow through on hard promises. But what if you could program your home to help you keep those promises?

To show you how easy that can be, let's break down a few of the most frequently made (and broken) resolutions, and a few easy smart home tricks designed to help keep you honest.

#1 Lose weight/exercise more

It's much easier to hit snooze on your alarm in the morning than it is to get up and go for a run, especially in the colder winter months.

With a good smart home hub (SmartThings, for example), it's super easy to program a Wake Up scene that nudges you from your bed. What that scene consists of really depends on what sorts of smart devices you have in and around the home. It might be lights that ramp up to 100 percent brightness slowly, your favorite morning playlist cranking out of your Sonos smart music system, and a smart plug that automatically turns on your coffee pot when it's time to wake up.

If you're more of an evening exerciser, you can also use SmartThings to keep you honest by linking it with your Fitbit activity tracker using this handy IFTTT recipe. Simply set up the recipe to control the device that's mostly likely to distract you from your daily workout (like a smart plug connected to your TV), and you won't be able to turn that device on until you've hit your daily activity goals.

#2 Watch less TV/read more

Of course, you don't need IFTTT and activity trackers to cut down on your TV viewing. If you simply want to cut down on boob tube consumption and spend more time with books (and you're not alone if you do; according to Neilson, this was a top ten resolution in 2015) all you need to do is connect your TV to a smart plug, and set daily timers that cut power to said smart plug. This isn't a permanent solution, mind you, and it's easy to override those timers. But let's face it: it's probably easier to just pick up your Kindle or a paperback instead.

#3 Spend less/save more

We've already touched on many of the ways that smart climate control can save you money. But did you know that a smart home can also reduce your energy consumption every time you turn on the lights?

It's true! Most good smart home hubs will allow you to pre-set a brightness level for dimmer switches in and around the home. So, for example, simply hitting the light switch on your way into a room might adjust the light to 75% brightness instead of 100%. If you need more light, of course you can manually adjust the dimmer yourself. But setting a lower default brightness means you're using less energy without even thinking about it, which can quickly add up to dozens or hundreds of dollars saved per year, depending on the cost of electricity in your area.

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Preparing for Summer Vacation: Keep Your Home Safe While You're Away

Preparing for Summer Vacation: Keep Your Home Safe While You're Away

Are you ready for summer travel season? With Memorial Day on the horizon, and school almost finished for the year, many people already have vacation plans for the summer planned out. But have you thought about accommodations for your home while you’re away? Don’t let the threat of intruders take away from enjoying your time off. Utilize some smart home gear from Z-Wave and make your home look lived in – even if it’s not.

Here's why Dad loves a smart home

Here's why Dad loves a smart home

Everyone wants their home to be safer and easier to manage – but the many benefits of smart home tech appeal to different people. With the upcoming Father's Day holiday this weekend, we thought we'd look at some ways that a smart home makes dad's life easier

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5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with Z-Wave

5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with Z-Wave

By now, you're probably familiar with the basics of what a smart home can do: unlock and lock your doors remotely, control devices like lights and thermostats from your smart app and allow these gadgets to talk to one another and create automated scenes to make life easier and comfortable.

Lower your homeowner's insurance with an investment in Z-Wave smart home gear

Lower your homeowner's insurance with an investment in Z-Wave smart home gear

You might already know ways that a Z-Wave smart home system can save you money: smart thermostats that only heat and cool your home when it needs it; smart dimmers that reduce the energy consumption of your lights

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Stay Warm, Keep Cool and Save Energy with Z-Wave

Stay Warm, Keep Cool and Save Energy with Z-Wave

There's an old saying that goes something like this: "If you want to experience all four seasons in one day, come to Alabama." Mind you, that's true of many other places beside the Yellowhammer State, especially this time of year. With the seasons changing, chances are you need the heat in the morning, AC at lunch, and heat again by bedtime.

5 Every Day Problems Your Smart Home Can Solve

5 Every Day Problems Your Smart Home Can Solve

A smart home can help ease your worries and provide you the peace of mind you need to keep yourself on track with the rest of your day. Here are a few problems that keeping your home connected can solve.

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.

5 Quick Smart Home Updates to Revamp Your House

Tech.Co

Smart homes may seem intimidating but here are a few quick summer projects you can do to reinvent your dumb home and bring it to life as a smart one.

3 Practical Benefits of Turning Your Ordinary Home into a Smart Home

Realty Today

It is good to realize that a smart home is not just mere product of a person whims and caprices. Like your smart phones and watches, a smart home may also serve you beyond convenience. And here below are some of the benefits of turning your home into a smart home.

TWICE VIP Award Nominations: Wireless Door Locks

TWICE

The new motorized deadbolts utilize the Z-Wave wireless protocol to enable true remote locking and unlocking. This allows homeowners to remotely access and control the lock from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet or Internet connected device.

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15 Gadgets To Make Your Home Smarter

CrookedBrains

The Fibaro Smart Z-Wave detects temperature, light, and more. It alerts you on your smart device when it detects activity.

Expert: Apps, video doorbells improve safety

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

For example, if someone needs to be let into my house when I’m not there, I can let someone in, and can even join with a thermostat or some Z-Wave lights. Z-Wave is a wireless technology that lets smart devices communicate with one another. Household products are made "smart" when Z-Wave connectivity is added inside the product’s design.

Half of Homeowners Incorporate Smart Home Tech in Renovations, Houzz Survey Finds

ElectronicHouse

The most popular area for new smart systems or devices to appear is home security or safety upgrades, the study found. One-fourth of renovating homeowners install smart products for this area.

The Almond 3 Router Wants To Be Your Smart Home Hub and Range Extender

ChipChick

Smart home devices can be connected using the Wi-Fi network, but Almond 3 also works with ZigBee and with Z-Wave and Bluetooth through the use of Bluetooth dongles. As a result, Almond 3 works directly with most major smart home products on the market — including Amazon Echo.