The Internet of Things is turning our clothes, cars, and even our houses into smart devices. Some of these solutions are ingenious, and some of them are rather weird, but in any case, they’re usually expensive. However, there are some smart home appliances that can save you money. Even better, they can help avoid waste and save your life.

In the long run, which smart home devices are great financial choices?

Drop Scale – No Wasting or Overbuying Food

We all have that collection of food in the back of our cupboards that never really gets eaten. When you run out of an ingredient for a meal, you inevitably pop over to the store and buy more than you need. Drop Scale, a smart scale with a smartphone app to match, not only fulfills its purpose in weighing your food, but also recommends substitute ingredients if you run out, giving details on how much you need for a recipe. This keeps you from over-buying or wasting food, saving on the grocery bill.


  1. Calliope Smart Meter – Saving Water and Preventing Leaks

If you take too many showers, you have a sink that drips, or you have a surprise leak in the pipes that’s flooding out your foundation, your bill may notice but you won’t even know where to start. With Calliope’s smart meter, homeowners can now see a detailed read-out on how much water is used, where, and at what times, allowing you to regulate your water usage to save money. Plus, if you weren’t home all week and there was still plenty of water being used, you know you have a leak and can have it repaired, saving money and disaster.



  1. Nest Learning Thermostat – Saving Energy Costs on Heat and Air

Nest’s learning thermostat not only controls your heating and air, but learns the best time to do it. By determining your sleeping pattern, it knows to adjust the temperature of your home as you’re waking up, so you’re not over-cooling or over-heating while wrapped up cozy in bed. It also detects when someone is in the house, allowing it to save energy by ignoring temperature control when you’re not home and bringing the place to a comfortable setting when you’re returning. This means your house won’t be racking up energy costs during those months of extreme weather while you’re out and about.


  1. Smart Smoke Alarm – Saving on Insurance

If you’re not home when a fire starts, you’re not going to hear the smoke alarm. If you’re a heavy sleeper and don’t wake up to the sound, you’re in danger of losing a lot more than your house. That’s why the smart smoke alarm is designed to be energy efficient, saving money on batteries, and also be connected to your phone, so you can receive an alert even if you’re at work and call the fire department. If you happen to sleep through the alarm blaring in another room, the phone next to your head will make sure you wake up. This extra safety measure is encouraging insurance companies to give breaks on policies should you have one in your home.

Smart Grid Appliances – Saving Low-Time Energy Costs

What can a smart refrigerator, a smart oven, and a smart microwave all do to your bill? By regulating themselves and learning their peak usage times – such as on the weekend when you’re cooking more meals or during a certain time of the month when the weather is warmer or colder, demanding your fridge accommodate – these appliances can adjust the amount of energy they use to save money. It’s similar to how converged infrastructure vendors regulate their servers. So if you never use the oven during the weekends, it’ll automatically minimize its power consumption – essentially entering ‘sleep mode’ until it’s needed again. The same applies to the other devices.

Smart Lights – Saving Energy Costs on Lights

Your parents yelled at you about it, you yell at your kids about it, and hey, you probably yell at yourself about it. Turn the light off when you leave the room! When that simple task slips your mind, your energy bill goes up, but with smart lights, these little devices use motion detection to sense when someone is in the room or when they’ve just left. If the space is free of a person, it shuts the lights off for you, so you can forget about unnecessarily high energy costs and finally be able to forget the lights without feeling bad.

~ Rick Delgado