Whether it’s a Wi-Fi-enabled sprinkler system that keeps your water usage down, or a thermostat that works by voice command and reduces heating and cooling bills, intelligent devices can streamline your life in a truly eco-friendly way.
Here are top ways to (simultaneously) make your home smarter and more environmentally friendly.
Rain Bird ST8I-2.0 Smart Indoor WiFi Sprinkler/Irrigation System
Water your lawn remotely while controlling how much water you actually need with the Rain Bird ST8I-2.0 Smart Indoor WiFi Sprinkler/Irrigation System.Using the accompanying app,you can change the daily watering schedule by season, weather, temperature and humidity levels. You’ll always be in the know even when you’re not home thanks to alerts for watering events, freeze warnings or watering delays. Even save watering zone schedules with names, photos, frequency and start and run times to keep your garden growing and your water bills down.
Rain Bird ST8I-2.0 Smart Indoor WiFi Sprinkler/Irrigation System is available for $144.
PUR Bluetooth Ultimate Faucet Filtration System
By pairing the PUR Bluetooth Ultimate Faucet Filtration System with the PUR app, you can track water consumption and filter usage while monitoring the health of your filter itself. The system reduces over 70 contaminants, including lead, chlorine, mercury and pesticides by using activated carbon and ion exchange. It’s powered by a lithium ion battery, which provides up to 100 gallons, which translates to two-to-three months of clean water. You’ll never have to buy another bottle again.
The PUR Bluetooth Ultimate Faucet Filtration System is available for $45.
Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat
Regulating the temperature in your home can help you save on energy consumption and lower your bills—and Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat is exactly what you need to get the job done. The Energy Star- certified device can read the temperature and detect occupancy in a room. Thanks to sensors placed around your home, the device detects warm and cool spots and adjusts itself accordingly so as not to waste energy. Through an app on your smartphone, you can control the temperature remotely and receive energy reports that show how much you’ve conserved each month—and get insights into your heating and cooling equipment. With built in Amazon Alexa Voice Service, you can ask it to perform other tasks like playing music or finding recipes.
The Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat is available for $187.
WaterHawk Smart Rain Shower Head
Powered by hydroelectric power with no need for batteries, the WaterHawk Smart Rain Shower Head monitors water usage and temperature while you’re showering and shows you exactly how many gallons per minute you’re going through in real time via an LED display. This way, you’ll quickly know when your water is the ideal temperature, so you won’t let it run on and on.
The WaterHawk Smart Rain Shower Head is available for $50.
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Anker PowerPort Solar Panel
Instead of relying on electricity or cables, now you can charge every device without an outlet in sight using the Anker PowerPort SolarPanel. The lightweight and portable device harnesses the sun’s energy to power every gadget quickly and energy efficiently. There’s room to charge up to two devices at the same time. And it folds up easily so you can tote it anywhere in your home.
The Anker PowerPort Solar Panel is available for $140.
Sense is like a smart energy hub for your home. By connecting it to your electrical panel (note: this should be done by an electrician) and downloading the app, you can track energy use, set alerts for when certain devices should be turned on and off (i.e. the garage door, the kitchen, the iron) and identify and correct sources of energy waste, which ultimately will lower your monthly bills.
The Sense is available for $299.
HeyValue Smart Power Strip
With the HeyValue Smart Power Strip, you’ll never have to wonder if you left the lights on at home. The app-enabled power source lets you set schedules for turning devices on and off, so you can save energy. Each strip has four outlets and four USB charging ports—and each one can be set for up to 20 timed tasks. Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, you can also simply ask it to power appliances and lights on and off. Done and done. The HeyValue Smart Power Strip is available for $27.