Not that long ago, the term “smart home” was used to describe lavish abodes with top-of-the-line devices and expensive embellishments reserved only for moguls. But with wireless technology on the rise, these products are becoming more accessible to the rest of us and, thus, quickly growing in popularity among homeowners. Smart technology not only affords tremendous convenience, but it could also help you save on energy bills.
Most U.S. homes are fairly inefficient when it comes to energy usage, as Americans spend a whopping $241 billion on energy a year, according to The U.S. Department of Energy. That comes out to about $2,100 per household. But one way to optimize energy [...]
The DIY movement continues to permeate industry after industry–whether it’s cultivating an urban vegetable garden or converting the basement into a recording studio. And with the emergence of DIY-focused smart home products, the prospect of bringing one’s home into the 21st century has never been more alluring to homeowners.
Today’s home automation systems are typically easy to install and use, and are no longer reserved only for the wealthy. By opting to DIY, not only are there potential savings, but there’s also a discernible feeling of triumph when a self-sufficient homeowner has orchestrated a self-sufficient home.
While there are some big advantages that come with [...]