Save Time & Money with Smart Home Technology!

  • Home Owner Tips
  • Friday, February 15, 2019

As we continue to rely more on technology to complete simple tasks, many companies have applied the same concept to a variety of items & products to help make our lives a little easier.

That’s where Smart Home Technology comes in.

By adding Wi-Fi & Bluetooth capability to household items, it can allow you to control many parts of your home via a smartphone. This means you don’t have to be at home to turn something on or shut something off – everything can be operated remotely or through an automated process.

And the best part about Smart Home Technology? It can save you valuable time, money & energy – not to mention peace of mind as you can fret less about what’s happening at home while you’re away.

So, if you’re wondering how this technology can be incorporated in your own home – keep reading and we’ll share with you some of our favourite & easy-to-install devices for managing your home security and energy!

Home Security

Keeping your home safe & secure is a priority for many of us. Below are some devices that allow you to see exactly what’s happening inside or outside your home, any time of the day.

Smart locks: These locks are connected to your phone, meaning you can unlock and lock your door remotely, and also schedule who has access to your home on certain days.

Smart Garage Door Opener: Some of these openers can be installed on your existing garage door, resulting in a cost-effective solution. It provides real-time alerts whenever the door is opened or closed, and can be controlled via an app on your phone.

Smart Security Camera: Improve your security system with these smart cameras that include unique features such as two-way audio speakers. They’re also wireless & weatherproof, making it easy to install in the location of your choice.

Energy Management

Trying to save a few dollars on your next energy or electricity bill? In the long run, these devices can help you do just that.

Smart LED Light Bulb: No more getting up to turn these lights on and off! You can control them all from your phone – and did we mention they can change to different colours & brightness levels too?

Smart Power Plug: Plug these into any standard outlet, and you’re good to go! Its long list of benefits includes enabling the outlet to be active or inactive via your phone, so that you don’t have to waste electricity on appliances you’re not always using.

Smart Thermostat: Think of these as automatic car starters for your home! Since you can control the settings from your phone, you can shut the heat off after you leave, and turn them back on when you’re on your way home. There’s even a scheduling function that will do this automatically for you!

Bonus Tip: Some of these devices mentioned above may be eligible for a rebate from Efficiency Alberta! Not only will you see savings on your future energy bills, but you’ll receive additional savings when you buy them!

We hope this information has provided some inspiration on creating your own smart home! Many of these devices can be easily purchased from home improvement or hardware stores, and come with guides and instructional videos so that you can install it on your own.

And…if you’re currently building a house with Trico and want to incorporate some Smart Home Technology devices, let us know and we can put you in touch with some of our suppliers that offer these products!

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