Smart devices that can pay for themselves
Smart tech devices are meant to make our lives easier but quite often they can leave us out of pocket but here are some devices that can more or less pay for themselves.
Philips Hue White Ambiance Table lamp
This is a great futuristic lamp which will light up your life with both warm and cool lighting depending what ambiance you are looking to create and the time of day. One great feature is that it can mimic the sunrise and is great for waking you up naturally - making it great not only for practicality but also good for your health. This is supported by a growing research that shows that the right light at the right time not only enhances your mood but also your sleep and alertness. The lamp works with the Philips Hue Bridge 2.0, which is the brains for the whole system which lets you control up to 50 Hue lights from the Hue app on your phone.
Nest Learning Thermostat, Third Generation
Great tech device that you can set and forget - an Energy Star-certified thermostat that learns your habits and adjusts accordingly. A great tool that makes sure that you will never be wasting money on temperatures you don't actually want or need. For the more control freaks out there, you can also manage it from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch
A bug bear of many parents is that kids never seem to learn to switch lights off as they are not needed. These smart switches by Lutron literally sense your presence as you walk and out of a room and will turn the light of as required. It comes with 'XCT Sensing Technology' in there to detect fine motion to ensure that it doesn't turn the light off when you are reading a book or tapping away on your laptop. Great for when you walking into a room with your hands full.
Belkin Wemo Mini
This is one of those gadgets which shows big things can certainly come in small packages. This cool little device literally plugs into any electrical outlet and gives you the ability to control any device that you plug into it. Think, you can now turn your humidifier on and off to look after your plants when you are sunning yourself on an exotic beach two thousand miles away. To keep the bad boys away you can now easily schedule your lamps to turn on and off to look as someone is in and also have the ability to turn off lights when you leave that you may have forgotten.