Our love for smart technology isn’t going anywhere as more and more devices and platforms are released out into the market capturing our imaginations of having an easier life around the home.
Sit, kick back and relax and let technology do it all for us.
As mouth-dropping and impressive as these smart innovations are, they also carry an impressive price tag. Time to drop the price but not the finer things in life with these DIY projects that will make your home just as smart.
It’s getting hot in here
Take the heat out of next month’s bill by automating the heating of your home. Quite often many of us turn the heating system on with it heating rooms we are not even occupying – our houses are not ovens.
Time to invest in a smart thermostat that will allow you to remotely set the temperature of your home and adjust it when required. Save energy and save yourself those extra dollars.
Be the Master of the Keys
The daily battle of finding the whereabouts of your keys can be made history with a smart lock. Nello is one of the gatekeepers out there that works with apartment block intercoms, allowing your recorded voice to open the door for you on demand or precise time.
Game changer Kevo not only opens the door with the human touch or via Bluetooth and smart phone, it also tracks who is locking and unlocking the door. Better yet, it even allows you to send an eKey if you need someone to get in while you are far away – no need to cut the holiday early.
Light up the night
Did you forget to turn off the light or do you want your house to be brightly lit to scare of potential intruders? The folks at Belkin have created WeMo, a range of products that allow you to turn on and turn off from wherever you are. Their light switch range replaces the standard light switch in the home and can be controlled through your smart home device. Just connect it to your Wi-Fi and you can bring about lightness or darkness into your work; saves you from getting up from the couch!
H2O for the go
Think the brains of the house was only kept indoors? Think again! There are plenty of smart devices out there in the market today so say goodbye to the weekly gardener as you can keep things looking clean and green yourself.
There are products that automate watering the garden by tracking the weather forecast in your area. GreenIQ tracks the algorithm so it feeds your garden of Eden approximately without the waste life’s precious resource.
Become the informed gardener with installing a plant sensor to measure light, humidity and fertilizer levels along with general moisture readings. These help give advice on when to water your plant or garden and give notifications when you need to get the watering can out.
Home Security Cameras
Yes, we may somewhat be biased here but to keep an eye on your home, track intruders or know when to take action, a home security system is the perfect partner in crime (prevention).
There is a lot of options in this space of course with some brands offering all-in-one services. They may sound great but it limits your freedom of choice to add additional cameras at your expense and also locks you into that software program and service.
Paying less does not mean you have to compromise on service and quality with many manufacturers allowing for other software providers to take over the hardware itself (think Android for cameras) and that is where software providers like OWLR come into the picture.
Download the app and connect your IP camera and you have got yourself a smart home security system without breaking the bank – it is almost a steal!
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