11 Energy-saving smart gadgets to reduce your energy bills

Have you ever met someone who says, "I just love spending loads of money on my bills. It's great!" Probably not. Because most of us love to spend money, but on things much more fun than heat, water, and electric. But what you can do is utilize new technology to help you save money on the necessities.

11 Energy-saving smart gadgets to reduce your energy bills
Ween Smart Thermostat on Coffee Table

Most of us would much prefer to spend money traveling, going out with friends, and experiencing new things. Or trying to get a little bit of a nest egg going for emergencies. But we kind of have to have water, electricity, and heat in our homes. Energy prices keep rising, and with that, so do our monthly expenses. But there are some things we can do to reduce those costs with energy-saving smart gadgets.

Sure, you can go out and buy new Energy Star appliances. If you have a budget to do that, that’s a great place to start, and those will absolutely help you reduce your electric bills. Sometimes, you can even get a tax credit or store rebate for buying them. But there are smaller, easier adjustments you can make in your home. And a $10 light bulb or a thermostat that might set you back a couple hundred is a much easier pill to swallow than a new washer and dryer for thousands of dollars.

We’ve collected some of the items we think would make great upgrades in your home to save you money on your energy bills.

Eve Energy Strip Smart Triple Outlet

The Eve Energy Strip has three outlets that you can manage individually. Not using that light, but it’s still plugged in? Turn off the outlet to make sure it’s not doing anything at all. You can use the Eve app or Siri on your smartphone to tell the Eve Strip to turn off outlets. And with the app, the strip will relay information about how much energy the devices plugged into are using. So you’ll be able to see if you have something that’s hogging a lot of electricity and running your bill up.


 

Ween – The Life Responsive Smart Thermostat

The Ween thermostat will adapt to your lifestyle to save you money and energy. It uses GPS algorithms and motion detection to see when you’re home and when you’re gone. It will then adjust the thermostat to reflect that, or even turn it off. It even learns your schedule to adjust the house before you get home.


Samsung SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug

Stop doing the “unplug everything before you leave” dance with the Samsung SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug. All you have to do is plug this energy-saving smart gadget into your outlet, and then plug your appliance into it. You’ll then have access to your appliance or device via the SmartThings app and can control it from there. And the smart plug even helps you save energy by turning off small appliances like coffee makers when they aren’t in use.


ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control

You can’t have a list of energy-saving devices and not have an ecobee thermostat on it. The SmartThermostat pairs with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and it detects more than just the temperature. It can tell how many people are in the room and adjust accordingly. You can also add sensors to monitor even more stats for hot and cold spots.

Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller

When most people think about energy-save smart gadgets, they don’t necessarily think about taking it outdoors. The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller will help you save on your water bill by only watering your yard when it needs it. You can also create schedules to water your yard, and it works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Nest, and more.


Samsung SmartThings Smart Bulb

LED light bulbs are one of the easiest changes you can make to save on your electric bill. And the Samsung SmartThings Smart Bulb is more than just an LED light bulb. It will help you manage your lighting use and keep track of your energy consumption with the SmartThings app. You can even set up this Wi-Fi bulb to turn on and off at specific times. And it has voice control with Bixby, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa. Who needs a clapper?

A smart light bulb is sitting on a dark wood table.

Switching to LED smart bulbs saves money on your electric bill

Teckin Outdoor Smart Plug

Don’t forget about your patio setup and where you can save money outside. With the Teckin Outdoor Smart Plug, you can connect it to your Wi-Fi to control your outdoor appliances with the Smart Life app. It will also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and it has a waterproof button cap. You can also set automatic daily timers to turn your outdoor devices on or off at certain times.


SolarGaps Smart Solar Blinds

The future is here. Say goodbye to needed to set up massive solar panels on your roof or in your yard to reap the benefits of solar energy. These SolarGaps Smart Solar Blinds will help you save on energy costs, and you aren’t as intense as other solar energy options. You can control these blinds with your smartphone, Amazon Alexa, or Google Home. And this energy-saving device can help you save as much as a third of your air conditioning bill.


Alea Air Temperature Management System

Stop turning up the thermostat super high just so one room can get warmer. Instead, get an Alea Air Temperature Management System. You can make just one room a little warmer and cozier, or you can ensure every room feels the same. You’ll have room-by-room control, and Alea Air installs right in your current air vents. It’s designed for forced-air heating and cooling systems, and it will also monitor your air quality.


WeMo Insight Switch

Belkin lets you control all of your light switches remotely with the WeMo Insight Switch. When you pair it with the WeMo app, you can turn switches on and off from your phone, wherever you are. And you’ll even be able to track your energy savings with custom notifications. Once you see where you are expending energy, you can make changes to save on your energy bill.

Lutron Maestro C.L. Dimmer and Motion Sensor

Motion sensors and dimmer switches are a great way to save money on your electric bill. With the Lutron Maestro C.L. Dimmer and Motion Sensor, your lights will turn on and off for you. And, you’ll be able to dim your lights, which will help save on energy usage. It’s a simple way to cut down your costs, and the switches have ambient light detection. You can customize the dimmer sensor to detect when it’s daylight, so the lights won’t turn on when it’s already bright enough in the room.

A white light switch is on a light blue wall in a bathroom.

Motion sensors and dimmers help save electricity usage

Whatever your budget, there’s a way to save money on your utility bills with these energy-saving smart gadgets. Do you have an idea of where you’re going to start? Or are you looking to change up some bigger ticket appliances?

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Meet Tera Cuskaden

Tera has worked in the publishing industry since 2004 and considers the written word her first love. When she's not writing or editing, she's usually traveling, knitting, or binge-watching Netflix.

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