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Smart Home Gadgets: Inexpensive Fixes to Lower Your Bills

by Rod Banks 02/16/2020

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When it comes to conserving energy, homeowners wanting to go green often spare no expense. Here are a few ways to upgrade your home without lightening your wallet.

Smart Thermostat

A powerful method to control your power use while saving money on your air conditioning bills in the summer and heating bills each winter is by installing a smart thermostat. Utilizing a system that monitors the indoor and outdoor humidity and temperatures to adjust your system keeps your home on an even keel and your bills steady. Choose one with multiple sensors so that you don’t end up with hot spots or cold rooms around your home. You can adjust your thermostat manually, but the best way to make it smart is to connect it to a smartphone or voice-controlled device.

Motion Sensing Dimmers

You try your best, but there’s always one room where it seems the lights get left on more often than you’d like. The challenge is, it’s the same room that’s often empty most of the day, so no one even notices the lights burning. To combat this issue, replace the standard light switch with a sensing dimmer switch. That way, if someone’s in the room, the light turns on, but when there’s no one moving around, off it goes. And, when daylight comes in the windows, the sensor knows to keep the light off.

If you’re retrofitting an older home, replace pull-chain lights in basements and utility rooms with a motion-sensing light so that you never have to stumble around waving your arms in front of you trying to grab the string to the pull-chain.

Adjustable LEDs

On the subject of lights, Take it up (or down) a notch with a 3-way LED. The equivalent of a 60-watt bulb can adjust from soft, warm light to bright, daylight with built-in wireless technology at the sound of your voice when connected to your smartphone or smart home.

If you’re looking for ways to make your home appeal to a more energy-conscious set of buyers, try utilizing these inexpensive, smart home technologies.

About the Author

Rod Banks


AFR is an independent, well-known, successful real estate brokerage in the Tampa Bay area. We provide residential and commercial services in retail and REO markets. All interested buyers and sellers appreciate our ease of access and transparency of representation. Skillsets for these markets are honed from family real estate influences dating back to 1966.

AFR has maintained a real estate presence for almost two decades resulting in a demand from retail buyers and seller, as well as, default servicing sellers in the REO markets. Rod Banks, the principal broker, is knowledgeable and capable with licenses in real estate, insurance and the mortgage markets. Additionally, he is highly trained in both the technology sector with engineering degrees and business sector with management and business degrees. Dedicated to constantly improving, our current endeavors are leading into the paralegal and law related fields as they apply to these areas.

What truly sets AFR apart from other companies is our qualified ability to provide customers with unique personalized business advice, guidance and solutions. We personally address everyone’s needs tailored to a specific buying or selling desire, including specific direction with respect to investment goals and assistance in improving credit worthiness in preparation for mortgage approval. Make sure you contact us in your research efforts. We genuinely urge anyone to request a property valuation, an ongoing list of current MLS properties, insurance or mortgage quotes or any other information which may be needed in this ever-changing business.