Make your home more sustainable
Modest effort: Install smart lights. A good first step toward creating a smart home is adding smart lights and hubs (units through which the bulbs communicate with your devices). Control them with an app on your phone, smart speaker or even your smartwatch.
Medium effort: Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances. Ready to replace an older washer, dryer, fridge or dishwasher? A new energy-efficient appliance may cost more initially, but using less energy can save you money in the long run.
Major effort: Optimize your smart home. For convenience, security and savings on your electric bill, you can control nearly everything in your home remotely—including thermostats, air conditioners, door locks, lights and garage doors—with a mobile device or smart speaker. Online articles at tech sites like Wired can help you create your smart home, with everything from overviews of the different ecosystems (Google Nest, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit) to advice for setting up and troubleshooting smart home devices.