Making your home more secure, more efficient, and greener has never been easier. These are some of the coolest gadgets to turn your house into a smart home.
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The Nest Thermostat
3rd Generation, $249
This smart thermostat saves homeowners an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. The Nest Thermostat boasts it's the thermostat program that programs itself and then pays for itself. Some of the key features include:
- Auto-schedule. The thermostat learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week.
- Auto-away. The Nest automatically turns itself down when no one is home to help save energy.
- Remote control. You can connect The Nest to your Wi-Fi to control the temp from your phone, tablet or laptop.
- Nest leaf. You'll see the Leaf icon when you have chosen a temperature that is saving energy, guiding you in the right direction for an energy-efficient home.
Aros Smart Air Conditioner
Quirky+GE Aros Smart Air Conditioner, $249
This smart cooling device learns from your budget, location, schedule and usage to automatically maintain the optimal temperature for your home while maximizing your energy savings. It can be controlled from anywhere using the app on your smart phone.
Kwikset Single Cylinder Bluetooth Enabled Deadbolt, $200
The Kevo Kwikset allows homeowners to transform their smartphone into their door key. Available for both Android and iOS users, the Kevo uses an electronic deadbolt which communicates with a Kevo Fob and phone app to lock and unlock your door. Need to give access to someone else for a period of time? Simply send an eKey to your guest via the Kevo app.
SkyBell Wi-Fi Video Doorbell, $200
SkyBell turns even the simplest feature of your home, the doorbell, into a technological advancement. SkyBell allows you to "answer" your door without being home. Featuring one-way video, two-way audio, motion sensor detection, photo snapshot, night vision, silent mode and more, you can keep an eye on your front entrance from basically anywhere using your phone.
Nest Smoke + CO Alarm
Nest Protect, $99
This smoke and carbon monoxide detector speaks instead of beeps, letting you know exactly what and where the problem is. With the Nest app, you can also receive alerts when you're away, as well as silence the Nest alarm from your phone when you accidentally burn popcorn in the microwave.
SkyLinkNet Alarm System
SkyLink Alarm System Starter Kit, $169
This self-monitored security system with no monthly fees is a great way for homeowners to gain a sense of home security when home or away. With starter kits beginning at $99 and building up to $263, homeowners gain several home security features, including:
- Keychain fob to alarm/disarm system
- Panic button, which sends alerts to authorities in case of emergency
- Window and door motion sensors
- App push notifications for any new activity
- Live video monitoring
NuBryte Home Controlling Console, $149
NuBryte consoles combine smart home lighting and safety. The system replaces your current wall switch. Using a small built-in camera, the system automatically turns on lights when you enter a room and shuts them off when you leave. The camera also doubles as a security feature with access from your smart phone. The console also features custom lighting modes, such as mimicking the sunrise as you get up in the mornings, a household intercom, a family calendar which sends real-time notifications throughout the home, and weather updates and alerts as you leave your house.
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