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As the temperatures rise, so can the utility bills. That could make getting a smart device, a smart decision for your wallet.

Sharon Profis of CNET says, “If there’s one thing you should buy to save money, especially over the summer, it’s a smart thermostat.”

CNET recommends the Nest Thermostat E for about $169.

It learns your routines and adjusts to when you’re home. You can also control it remotely, say, if you go on vacation.

“Another way to save money and cool down your house without using your hvac system is with smart shades,” says Profis. “At our smart home we have Lutron Serena Shades.”

When they’re connected to a smart thermostat, the shades can be automatically closed during the hottest parts of the day, but it’s an investment in the cost of the shades and the time to install them.

If the water bill is also sky high, the Rachio Smart Sprinkler system can save up to 50% on watering costs with guided schedule creation and automatic weather adjustments.

Says Profis, “The most recent, the Rachio 3 model, they’ve gotten the accuracy of the weather down to 36 feet of your house!”

It self-regulates much like a smart thermostat, so you’re never watering your lawn when it doesn’t need it.

Many of these smart devices can be linked to a voice assistant, acting as a hub to allow devices to work together in a routine, automating your days to save energy and money this summer.

You can save even more money on your smart home with a promotion going on right now. If you buy a Nest thermostat you can get a free Google Home Mini. That freebie runs through September 3.
 

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