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If you choose the right smart home technology, you can actually save money. Here's the tech you should look for.

Smart home technology is becoming more popular as a greater number of devices use Wi-Fi connectivity to make our homes more efficient and comfortable. Some can even help reduce your energy bills and make your home more secure. And when it comes time to put your home on the market, smart technology devices like water monitors can be a selling point that appeals to many prospective buyers and sets your home apart from others for sale.

Our REALTORS® suggest investing in some of the following smart home tech:

  • Water monitors
    When you mount a smart water monitor to your home's main water line, it connects to an app on your phone, giving you information on the amount of water your home uses. This gives you the data you'll need to determine if you can cut back on your usage in any areas. In addition, water monitors detect pipe breaks and leaks, giving you the chance to quickly handle the problem before major damage is done.

  • Smart thermostats
    Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled and can help keep your home at a comfortable temperature in addition to saving you money on your heating and cooling bill. Their exact features can vary according to the type you buy, but they're generally able to be controlled by an app on your smartphone. They learn your preferences over time and establish a schedule to coincide with when you're away and when you're at home, and in some cases, you can adjust the temperature for a specific room remotely.

  • Energy monitors
    Install an energy monitor in your electrical panel, and you'll be able to track your home's energy usage in real-time via a smartphone app. Usage is broken down by specific appliances, so you can identify any problem areas and check to see if you have any devices that are energy "vampires" that use a fair amount of electricity even when they're not being used.

  • Plugs
    If an energy monitor reveals that you have power-draining devices like smart TVs, gaming systems, and other electronics that draw power even when they're not in use, your electricity bill will be higher than it needs to be. Buy smart plugs, outlets, and power strips so you can cut power to these devices completely when they're not being used.

  • Shades and fans
    Some shades and ceiling fans use smart technology to work with your connected thermostat and voice commands. Although this technology is still somewhat pricey, it could become less expensive as more manufacturers begin to offer it. In addition to being convenient, it can help you make sure your home stays cooler by setting your shades and fans on an automated schedule.

  • Lighting systems
    With an automated lighting system, you won't have to worry about you or your kids returning home to a dark house at night. You'll also be able to remotely control different lights if you're away from home for the day or on a trip so it looks like someone is home.

  • Locks
    Similar to the locks on some new car models, smart home locks can be accessed by your smartphone. They're convenient as well as security-boosting since you can give access to delivery men, repair people, or neighbors for a short period without worrying about giving them a physical key that could be lost, stolen, or copied.

Ready to buy a new home? Contact Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS® to see Midland homes for sale. We're the premier real estate firm in the Midland area, and our dedicated agents are ready to guide you through every step of the homebuying process.

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