4 Ways a Smart Home saves you Money and Energy

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Since having our first child seven years ago, my husband and I have really become more aware of things like energy conservation in our home. It's an important topic, and one we want to teach to our children about. Thanks to Iris by Lowe's we found four ways a smart home can save you money and make the household more energy efficient.

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Save Money and Energy with Iris by Lowe's

I'll be honest, our two kids are pretty terrible about turning off lights. They leave bathroom lights on like it's nobody's business and closet lights, yeah, forget it. As much as I try to drill it in their heads to turn off the lights when they leave a room, it's pretty much goes in one ear and out the other. This not only wastes money, but energy too. We've found several ways that having an Iris by Lowe's smart home can help you save money and energy. Today we're going to share a few of the energy and money saving tips we've learned by investing in Iris by Lowe's smart home products.

Smart Lights

Two words: smart lights. There are several ways you can utilize smart lights in your home. With occupancy sensors—part of the home automation system—it will detect when someone leaves a room. If you walk out of a room, the lights turn off. If you're like me, you might have little ones who can't reach the light switch yet. No worries, the lights come on when someone enters the room.

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You can also set a schedule so that your lights come on and turn off at certain times. This feature is especially great for outdoor lights—so they aren't running all night long. From your smart app you can even adjust the percentage (dimmer) that your lights are running at—another way to save energy.

Another cool feature is "vacation mode." You can set this mode when you go out of town and your lighting system will imitate your typical use. This helps deter burglaries because it will look like someone is still home—even when you aren't.

Smart Plugs

Did you know that appliances like your toaster, coffee maker, lamps, and even your TV are using energy just by being plugged in?

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Smart plugshelp you save energy by allowing you to remotely turn outlets on and off.

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I'm always leaving my coffee maker on after the morning rush of getting fed and out the door. With smart plugs you can remotely turn the outlet off and keep your energy bill down even if you're already out off the house. Going out for the day or weekend? With a touch of a button on your smart phone you can turn off outlets and save energy while you are away.

Smart Thermostats

Heating and cooling your house can be very expensive. With a programmable thermostat you can set your thermostat to turn down 10 degrees during theday. According to the US Department of Energy, doing this for 8 hours a day can save you 15% on your heating bill. That's pretty impressive!

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You can control your thermostat easily from your smart app on your phone. Coming home early? Bump up the heat so the house is warm and cozy when you arrive home.

Smart Water Heater

Your water heater is constantly using energy to heat up water even when you aren't using it. We're wasting energy by heating up water when nobody is home to use it. Honestly, that's never something I spent much time thinking about until now.

By having our water heater run 24/7 we're contributing 18% to our utility bill. Crazy right? With the automated home system you can install anEnergySmart Electric Water Heater Controller that allows you to program your water heater to lower the water temperature when you're not home.

These are only a few of my favorite ways to save energy using our Iris by Lowe's smart home. As you can see a smart home isn't only for security, but it can be crucial in helping you save money and energy.

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Shop!Visit your local Lowe's or go toIrisbyLowes.comto see all the smart home products and get ideas on how to set up your smart home to save you money and energy!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Iris by Lowe’s. All text and opinions are my own.

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