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Tips for Creating An Energy Efficient Smart Home: Lighting Options

Creating an energy efficient smart home is easier than you think! Thanks to our partner, NuBryte, we’ve checked one box off our list of things to do to create an energy efficient home: updated lighting.

Tips for Creating An Energy Efficient Smart Home

 

After moving into a new home two years ago, we’ve had to start from scratch in our quest to create a smart home. And with a new home comes new challenges. Like less than energy efficient appliances, windows, lights, and more. So we’re slowly starting to tackle each project in the home to create the energy efficient smart home of our dreams.

Our first step in creating an energy efficient smart home was one of the cheapest on our lists. We swapped out every bulb with CFL and LED bulbs.

Pro Tip: Swap out the old lighting fixtures with CFLs and LEDs. Not only do they last longer but they’re 75% more efficient when it comes to energy usage!

Now swapping out the bulbs isn’t the only thing we did to reduce our bill. We also partnered with NuBryte to check out their new NuBryte Touchpoint All In One Smart Home device. Not only was it simple and easy to install, it’s become our new central hub for the home. We installed the NuBryte Touchpoint next to the front door in the switch that controls the outside porch light and the entry light. And after a few weeks of using it, we’re happy to see the benefits of the NuBryte system.

Tips for Creating An Energy Efficient Smart Home with NuBryte

Tips for Creating An Energy Efficient Smart Home with NuBryte

Home Security

  • Built-in camera and motion detector
  • If alarm is triggered, lights will flash and an alarm will sound
  • Instant notification with video clip sent directly to your smart phone
  • Gives you peace-of-mind that your family is safe and secure!

Smart Lighting

  • Bedtime Lights – Schedule lights to start dimming 30 minutes before bedtime
  • Night Light – Provide a gentle light as you get up at night. Help to get the kids to bed and up on time!
  • Morning Lights – Schedule your lights to automatically (and gradually) start to come on.
  • Motion Mode – Have your lights come on or go off as you enter or leave a room
  • Vacation Mode – Schedule your lights to randomly come on or go off to make it look like someone is at home

Home Intercom + Information Hub

  • Make communication easy in your home. As long as you have 2 or more NuBryte Touchpoint’s, you can quickly talk room-to-room.
  • Integrated calendar that allows you to schedule all your appointments in one single place – keep track of your entire family!
  • View the forecast for the day and week, and don’t leave home unprepared again.

Energy Monitoring

  • Monitor your homes lighting usage to keep track of how much energy your family is using, and how much that’s costing your family. Helps you to make smarter energy choices!

Tips for Creating An Energy Efficient Smart Home - lighting options

Now we have an easy to use light switch that does so much more than turn on and off the lights! I can’t wait to expand our NuBryte system with more switches throughout the home.

Next up on our energy efficient check list: new windows!

How are you making an energy efficient smart home? What are your tips?

Don’t forget to enter the NuBryte giveaway where you can win your very own NuBryte device for your smart home!

4 Tips for a Smart Home: Creating an Energy Efficient Home

Tips for a Smart Home: Creating an Energy Efficient Home

Ever since my husband first moved into our current home – a house built in the 1960s – we’ve been in a constant battle to create a smart home that was more energy efficient. And we’ve found that creating an energy efficient home isn’t as hard as we thought. It just takes a little time… and sometimes a little money.

But the outcome of creating a smart home has actually allowed us to save money each month on our energy bill and gives us a little satisfaction knowing we aren’t wasting precious resources.

Below are a few great tips to help create an energy efficient smart home of your own. Some tips are easy, inexpensive fixes, and others take a little more time and money.
home energy efficiency tips smart strip

4 Tips for a Smart Home: Creating an Energy Efficient Home

1. Unplug –

You’d think something as little as unplugging appliances and electronics you’re using would be common knowledge but even I had devices plugged in that I hadn’t used in weeks (like the charger to the camera).

Now I’m more aware of what is plugged in and I consciously unplug devices I’m not continually using. And for the devices that I have plugged in all the time, like my computer and printer, I use a nifty smart strip to help conserve energy.

Creating an Energy Efficient Home with smart appliances

2. Buy Energy Efficient Appliances

This one was a no-brainer for our family but it took a while for us to actually switch everything over. And we still haven’t purchased an energy efficient washer and dryer. But we’ve come to find some great rebates out there for energy efficient appliances.

When our old dishwasher finally bit the dust and my husband was unable to fix it so we jumped in and purchased an energy efficient one. Luckily there was a great sale at Sears Outlet AND there was a rebate through the energy company. Win win!

Another great big purchase is energy efficient windows and insulating the house. We had old, single pane windows in our home and I could feel the hot or cold air coming in and out of our home through the windows and the walls.

home energy efficiency tips weather stripping

3. Seal the Gaps

I’ve come to find that sometimes the simplest of solutions can be the cheapest. By using weather stripping on windows and doors, switching out lights, and purchasing a programmable thermostat for the home.

By sealing the gaps, and making sure that the temperature inside the house is regulated, you can make sure that the energy you are using isn’t wasted.

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4. Go Solar

A great way to become more energy efficient is to create our own energy. Since we live in Southern California we have a surplus of sunny days. And recently we had someone come out and talk about our solar options.

We realized that it isn’t as much as we thought to add solar to our home and there quite a few options available to us. Plus there are great rebates that help reduce the cost of the solar panels even more. Check with your city or county to see if they’re offering these great rebates.

How do you create an energy efficient home?



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