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How to Create a Smart Home: A Beginners Guide 

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Do you find yourself leaving lights on, running out of hot water, and finding your heating bills increasing without ever actually feeling warm? Look no further – these five tips will help you solve all this and more!

Check out these tips on how to create a smart home – you’ll wonder why you hadn’t thought of this before!

1. Invest in a Tankless Water Heater

Did you know that a long soak in the tub could be costing you a fortune? Do you run out of hot water quickly?

We spend a fifth of our total energy bills simply trying to get hot water or hot tub on our decks into our home. Every time we waste a little bit of water or use more than we need, we’re contributing to high energy bills. Investing in a tankless water heater means your water supply will work off demand: there’s no need to store water – simply turn the tap on and have it warm and ready! Water heaters also take up less space than your standard water heater, leaving you extra space for towels, sheets and more.

2. Install a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats are ideal for creating your ultimate smart home. These small devices can be controlled from your mobile phone and control both your heating and cooling systems even in your underground rooms. You can adjust the temperature of each individual room with a touch. The most modern versions even have sensors to determine whether you are home or not and set the temperature from there.

Instead of adding layers of clothing to save money, why not install a smart thermostat? Globally, energy prices are rising and continuing to be more expensive. One of the best parts of this device is that you won’t need to heat rooms you never use, such as a hallway or porch that you simply pass through. This means that you will be shedding money off of your bills by investing in a smart thermostat.

3. Protect Your Home With Smart Security Cameras

Smart security cameras mean that you can see your home from your smartphone. They can be installed inside and outside your home. Not only can you check your home is safe, but you can also keep an eye on pets and children when you’re in another room. Even better, you don’t need to be home to check: these cameras work remotely and send data straight to your smartphone. You can even answer the doorbell without being home!

4. Enjoy a Multi-Room Audio System

If your old record player screeches when it plays vinyl records or your speaker doesn’t travel from room to room, why not consider a multi-room audio system?

This is perfect for listening to music and syncs between rooms. If you’re vacuuming and going between rooms, simply turn the volume up and move from room to room without untangling earphones or having to move your speaker with you. If you want to feel like you’re at the cinema, this is also ideal for an all-around film-watching experience.

5. Smart Lighting

Does your house resemble a carnival with all the lights on? Does your grandmother keep reminding you to turn the lights off when not in use?

By installing smart lighting, you can switch lights on and off from an app on your phone, without even being at home! This can be integrated with other smart technology in your home too. This will not only save energy but money long-term. If you have a regular routine of returning home from the office, you can also schedule the smart lighting to come on for your return from work.

Create a Smart Home Today and Save Energy

Try these 5 tips for yourself on creating a smart home – see if you can cut down on your bills and save energy!

Azura Cohen
Azura Cohen is an accomplished technology writer who has been demystifying smart home gadgets. Holding a Master's degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, her expertise spans over 15 years in software development and smart technology integration. Before coming aboard, she worked with innovative tech startups, focusing on IoT and home automation solutions. Her passion for making technology accessible and user-friendly is evident in her articles, which simplify complex concepts for various readers. Outside work, she is a digital artist, often incorporating technology elements.

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