Automated lights are not much of a money saver. Remember when your parents used to tell you to turn off the lights because you were running up the electricity bill? An LED light costs less than2 per year to operate under normal usage. Save the world a little natural gas and some real electricity and replace that old thermostat with a smart one first.
Check on energy credits and rebates. Many power companies will provide energy credits for buying smart thermostats and sometimes even supported home automation systems. I’ve had friends who basically got free Nest thermostats. Credits and rebates have kicked off many an unhealthy addiction to home automation.
You might not use this stuff forever. When I bought my first hub, it was over2,000. The last one was70 (and I used a50 gift card so picked it up for a whopping20). I switched because my old system didn’t work with Alexa, and I wanted to tinker with voice control. Once you put something in the wall, chances are you won’t want to take it back out. But the hubs and bulbs and things like that will be out of your life in a few years, if that.
There’s always something better, right around the corner. Yes, I said that you’ll likely replace your hub in a few years. But that doesn’t mean you should wait. All of my dimmers that I have installed in the past decade work with practically every modern system. And I’ve been saving on heating and cooling bills the whole time. There are more and more options. There’s an update to Apple’s HomeKit right around the corner, according to rumor mills. Right after that, Amazon is likely to update Alexa. And after that, there’s probably going to be a substantial update to Wink. And rumor has it that... If you are always waiting for the next thing, you’ll never get to reaping the rewards of the systems you can buy today.
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