Speakers & Voice Assistants

“Hey, what’s the weather?” Chances are you’ve heard a smart device answer this question. By 2023, experts estimate that over 8 billion voice assistants will be in use around the world. The growth of voice-assisted technology is good news for energy savers. Voice controls enable rapid communication between numerous smart devices, offering a quicker way to turn off energy-intensive equipment. Imagine announcing “I’m leaving,” and having your home respond by turning down the heater and shutting off all your lights and non-essential electronics and appliances. For budding smart home enthusiasts, this reverie is already a reality.

  • Quickly and easily communicate with all your connected devices
  • Turn off all non-essential equipment by setting a voice command for “away” mode
  • The standby load of most speakers is minimal, but energy savings will vary depending on what you control, and how often

Smart Televisions

With built-in components and wireless capability, smart televisions stream media more efficiently than digital media players or gaming consoles. They have the potential to save energy by removing the need for other media-related devices, but they draw three to 30 times more power than traditional television sets. Look for ENERGY STAR®-certified models that boast the latest features but minimize energy use and high standby loads.

  • Smart TVs are the most efficient way to stream media on a large screen
  • Look for ENERGY STAR certified models, which are 25% more energy efficient
  • Replace more energy-intensive digital media players and gaming consoles

Smart Plugs & Outlets

Smart plugs and outlets turn almost anything with a plug into a smart device. You can monitor how much power your connected devices use, and cut energy use in half by fully shutting them off when not in use. While not technically “smart,” Tier 2 advanced power strips have the highest energy savings potential, with motion sensor technology that turns off active and standby power when occupants aren’t in the room, or have fallen asleep.

  • Save up to 20% on the energy use of ordinary lamps, electronics, and appliances
  • Monitor and manage the energy use of energy-intensive equipment, such as gaming consoles
  • Program devices to turn off when not in use or at specific times of day, or set scenes in combination with other smart devices
  • Always check plug safety specifications, particularly before use with larger appliances like air conditioners, dryers, or refrigerators

Smart Hubs

Hubs are the cornerstone of any smart home. They connect and manage other smart devices using software and sensing technology, to more effectively control overall usage. Because they provide greater automation and oversight, smart hubs may increase the energy-saving potential of individual smart devices. Compatibility between devices can be an issue. Look for models or systems that communicate with all of your smart devices, automate tasks, and provide wall-to-wall wireless coverage of your home.

  • Manage energy use across multiple devices
  • Be sure to confirm compatibility with your other smart devices
  • Some hubs can be joined to create mesh networks that ensure strong connections and stop dead zones

Home Energy Monitors

Home energy management systems monitor and control your electricity use. They are installed by a licensed electrician, who will hook up the hardware to your circuit breaker. You can then download the software app to begin detecting and monitoring all electricity use in the home. Over time, the system will identify patterns in your power consumption, and make recommendations about how to reduce usage. It will also send alerts for high usage or unusual activity, such as when the stove is on, or the garage door opens.

  • Requires a contractor to install the hardware in your home’s electrical panel
  • Maximize the efficiency of individual smart devices, with energy savings of 5-22%
  • Keep your home safer by receiving alerts on high usage or unusual activity

Security Systems

Home security devices and systems are one of the major drivers of smart home growth . Smart locks, cameras, and doorbells improve occupant safety by monitoring activity happening in or around the home. Cameras offer 24/7 live streaming, and smart locks and controls provide extra protection against break-ins. Much like home energy monitors, security systems can also send alerts on unusual activity while you are away from home.

  • Improve home safety, privacy, and control
  • Get alerts on unusual activity while away from home
  • Some systems now include energy monitoring features