How a smart home can save money on your electricity bills
In these energy-conscious times anything that helps you cut down on your electricity usage is worth shouting about from the rooftops. One of the key benefits of Samsung's SmartThings range of smart sensors and devices is its capacity to help you be better informed about your electricity usage so you can make smarter decisions and start cutting back.
In these energy-conscious times anything that helps you cut down on your electricity usage – and in doing so, save money on your bills while doing your bit for the environment – is worth shouting about from the rooftops. One of the key benefits of SmartThings is its capacity to help you be smarter about electricity and it couldn't be simpler to start cutting back.
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First up? Lighting. You don't even need a full smart home lighting setup to do all the work for you. Instead with the addition of a few SmartThings Power Outlets and your standard lamps plugged into them, you can trigger the lights to turn off automatically when there's no one in the house. Just access the 'Lights & Switches' part of the SmartThings app to take control and never again will you need to come home and discover the living room lamp has been left on all day.
As for appliances, most of us are guilty of leaving things like the microwave and toaster permanently plugged in and on, wasting electricity each and every day. That's where the Power Allowance SmartApp comes in. It helps you save energy by automatically turning off the electricity to any device that's plugged into a SmartThings Power Outlet after a set amount of time.
Another common energy waster is leaving your phone, tablet or laptop charging overnight. They only need an hour or so to fully recharge so leaving them plugged in till morning is an expensive waste. Instead, plug them into SmartThings Power Outlets, set the outlets to turn off after 90 minutes of charging and you'll wake up to full batteries without the usual impact on your electricity bill.
Power Allowance is also good for policing your kids. Why battle with them every day about whether they've had too much TV or PlayStation time when you can simply set the devices to turn off after a designated period? The kids can't argue with an invisible off-switcher and you've got the double whammy of saving electricity and keeping the kids in check without being the bad guy!
What you need
- SmartThings Hub
- Free SmartThings app – iOS or Android
- SmartThings Power Outlet
- Power Allowance SmartApp
- A good starting point is the Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit which contains the Hub and three sensors to begin your Smart Home transformation.