Smart-home devices do more than make closing the garage door and securing your home more accessible. They can also help you save energy and money if used correctly.
You configure smart-home devices with a smartphone, and you can control them remotely, schedule them, connect them to a smart speaker, or even program them to perform actions on their own.
1) Insurance Savings– Most people don’t think about it, but if you own a smart home device, you may be eligible for an insurance discount. The most common smart devices that trigger insurance discounts are water leak sensors, security cameras, and smoke detectors. Because all of these are likely to save you from a catastrophic loss for which the insurance company would compensate you, they are willing to give you a discount on your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance if you use smart devices to reduce the likelihood of a large payout. Contact your insurance provider because each has its own set of rules and some have preferred providers.
2) Avoid Flooding- Smart home enthusiasts frequently overlook the advantages of better plumbing, but it’s worth thinking about before it’s too late. There are no inexpensive floods. The minimum cost of repairing a burst pipe is $500, according to Fixr, and even one inch of water can cause $25,000 in damage. It is better to spend an ounce of prevention than a pound of cure.
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3) Dissuade Burglars- Although video doorbells are an excellent deterrent to porch pirates, they only protect one of your entrances. If you’re serious about security, consider investing in a complete system that includes sensors that detect whether your doors and windows are open or closed. Setting up an automation routine that turns your lights on and off at regular intervals is another way to use smart devices to increase security. That way, even if you’re working late at the office or on vacation with your family after winning a trip to Disneyland for four, it will appear that someone is home.
4) Earn Money for Energy Conservation- For obvious reasons, this is our favourite, but it’s more important than ever this year.
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5) Capture the Porch Pirates- This type of opportunity crime is becoming more common. You’ll also have the advantage of knowing who is at your front door before you open it. It is beneficial during seasons when people go door-to-door asking for donations to this or that cause or political campaign.
The first thing to mention is that many of these devices are on sale. This brings their prices down to or below what you would pay for a regular one-year cable subscription. In other words, look around and see if you can find them on sale.