5 Home Tech Items That Can Save You Money
Let’s face it, we live very busy lives. We work hard, run errands, take the kids to school, and watch their ball games, among other things. With a busy lifestyle, it can be difficult to get that Spring cleaning done, or find time to learn about new technology that can make our lives easier and more enjoyable. Well don’t worry, because in this post we’re going to discuss the latest advances in mobile apps and technology that can make life more enjoyable, and even save you money. Let’s take a look at 5 must haves for 2012:
1. Save on Utility Bills That Are too Expensive
We know it’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter, but you don’t have to keep the thermostat cranked up when you’re not home. Doing this wastes energy and can cost a lot of money.
The solution: The Nest Labs Thermostat. This device was developed by Tony Fadell, the same person who designed the iPod for Apple. It not only looks cool, but it also offers great technology. You can control the temperature of your home from your iPhone. This makes it easy to use (unlike the current supply of digital thermostats) and energy efficient. You can simply program it to be at a higher (or lower) temperature when you’re not at home, but then adjust to your preferred settings when you do get home from work. This device can save thousands per year off your utility bills. Cost $250.
2. Updating Your Home
We all need to eventually update our homes with new furniture, painting, fixtures, and decor. The problem is that these updates could cost a lot of money.
The Solution: DecorPad Interior Design iPhone App. This modern app wants you to design, share and inspire. Browse photos from elite designers to get ideas for your own home. This app allows you to choose the space (i.e. basement, kitchen, etc), then gives you ideas that can help you design that “dream room.” There’s also a section in this app that helps you find “steals and deals” to get the best stuff for the lowest price. Cost: Free.
3. Getting Your Chores Done
Cleaning a house from top to bottom can be overwhelming, especially when the days are hectic enough to begin with.
The Solution: Clean Freak Cleaning Schedule App. This app helps you organize a rotating priority list so you don’t feel overwhelmed at the big picture of having to clean your entire house from top to bottom. For example, you can put your most attention-worthy chores on a weekly list but others on a longer-term schedule. The app also keeps count of the number of days between cleanings of specific areas.
4. In-Home Entertainment
There’s nothing better after a long, hard day than to veg out in front of the television and watch some good quality TV, or enjoy a nice glass of wine while listening to great music from around the world.
The Solution: Apple TV. Until the actual Apple Television comes out in 2013, you can buy the Apple TV device. This device, known as the “hockey puck” for it’s size and color, makes it easy for users to stream movies from Netflix, subscribe to their favorite sports programming to see all of the games, order full-length seasons of their favorite programs, and listen to more than 2,000 different music stations from around the world (by genre). Just plug the device into your television and set up with broadband or wireless. It’s that easy. Cost: $99
5. Keep Track of Your Valuables
Insurance agents tell renters and homeowners to always keep photos and a log of their valuables in case of theft or fire, but how many people actually do? Failure to do so could cost you a lot of money due to lack of proof that the item existed.
The Solution: Home Inventory App. This app enables you to keep important information about your valuables in one convenient location. You can snap photos and include important data such as purchase date, price, make, model and serial number about your household items. This way, if a theft, fire or natural disaster does happen, you will be covered. Cost: $4.99 (free version also available)