Check out this article to learn how to start making your home smart, while saving a Lot of Cash! We researched some of the top tech and even checked reviews on Amazon & Home Depot to find some the best smart home gadgets & appliances currently on the market. 

1. Smart Thermostat - 47% of an average home's energy goes toward heating & cooling. 

A smart thermostat can maximize your comfort & save lots of energy! 

Ecobee is considered to be one of the most energy-efficient thermostats available. Voice-enabled with built-in Amazon Alexa. Ecobee claims that it's customers save an average of 23% annually on heating & cooling costs! Works with Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings & IFTTT. Click the image below for additional details. 

Nest is another top-rated thermostat.  It is the #1 best selling thermostat on Amazon. Works with Alexa. Nest claims that it's customers save an average of 10-12% on heating bills & 15% on cooling bills! Click the image below for additional details. 

2. Water Heater - 14% of an average home's energy goes toward heating water. 

Both Rheem systems below are Energy Star rated and are compatible with Nest & Wink.

A tankless system heats water on demand and saves a lot of space since it is wall mounted. This unit features an exclusive water savings setting! Click the image below for additional details. 

The traditional tank system is better than ever when it's a smart system! The electronic ignition system on this unit eliminates the standing pilot light, saves energy and monitors system performance. Click the image below for additional details. 

3. Washer & Dryer - 13% of an average home's energy goes toward doing laundry.

The Samsung washer and dryer below are Energy Star rated and both have a steam feature.

Washer. It even sends out reminders to use the chemical-free self-clean option every 40 wash cycles. Click the image below for additional details. 

Dryer. Vent sensor detects duct blockages and reminds you to clean your vent; it also conveniently allows you to forward these alerts to your smartphone. Samsung's patented Eco Dry technology can use up to 25% less energy on every load. Click the image below for additional details. 

4. Lighting - 12% of an average home's energy goes toward home lighting. 

The lighting systems below are some of the more robust options available & both even offer geofencing.

Philips Hue - Automate your lighting experience and control your lights from home or away. Create light schedules from the Philips Hue App and never come home to a dark house. Control your lights with your voice using Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant. Pair it for home automation with your existing Nest or Samsung SmartThings system. Click the image below for additional details. 

Lutron Caseta - Works with Alexa for voice control. Easy to set up and schedule lights so your family will always come back to a well-lit home. Lights can automatically adjust with changing seasons and Daylight Savings time. Use with voice assistant, Pico remote, or smartphone. Click the image below for additional details. 


5. Refrigerator -  4% of an average home's energy goes toward powering the fridge.  

This Samsung fridge has 3 built-in digital cameras that allow you to view what's in your fridge using your cell phone. No worries if you forgot to make a grocery list! Set expiration notifications to help reduce food waste. Click the image below for additional details. 


**Pro Tip - replacing an old, inefficient HVAC system can also result in much lower utility bills!

Southern California Edison - Click Here to view current rebates & incentives for switching to energy efficient appliances & thermostat. If you have a different utility company, be sure to reach out to them to see what rebate/incentive programs they offer!

Home energy use stats courtesy of: http://www.visualcapitalist.com/what-uses-the-most-energy-home/