A smart home is really an automated home. It lets you connect and program the right smart devices, smart appliances and smart gadgets so they serve your needs. The added benefit of a smart home is that, by learning your needs, it operates more efficiently and saving resources. This is what makes smart homes more sustainable.

Smart Home Automation Tips

Even if you’re a total newbie to smart home technology and how it all works together, we can help you find the right solution to make your home smarter and more connected. There are devices to help you play music, order groceries and more. But, if you’re looking to start with sustainability, here are six smart ideas to get you started.


1. Smart Plugs

Smart plugs let you enable ordinary, everyday items to be automated and smarter when plugged in. Think lamps, space heaters and more. Automation allows you to schedule items to turn on and off automatically, which can save energy.

2. Smart Light Bulbs

Smart lighting options include Wi-Fi light bulbs that can be controlled from an app on your smartphone to turn on and off, dim and even change the color of the bulb. There are many different types of light bulbs that fall in the smart lighting arena including globe- and candle-shaped bulbs, reflector bulbs and even bulbs with built-in Wi-Fi speakers.

3. Smart Thermostats

These smart devices save money, conserve energy and keep your home at your desired temperature, whether you’re at home or away. Some thermostats can learn your preferences over time and adjust themselves accordingly.

4. ENERGY STAR® Smart Appliances 

ENERGY STAR® certified appliances use less energy. Those that are connected and offer smart technology offer additional savings and convenience. Smart appliances include refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, dryers and room air conditioners.

5. Smart Water Heaters

Technology-equipped smart water heaters allow you to track hot water use and program efficiency to save energy. They also offer leak detection and automatic shut-off controls to prevent water loss and damage.

6. Smart Irrigation

Smart Irrigation systems and sprinkler controls give you more control over your water use, with features like seasonal control, water sensors and remote controls. These devices deliver water when and where you need it.

For more tips on making your home smarter and more sustainable, check out our smart home guide.