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Belkin is quickly becoming one of the go-to brands for home automation products. This manufacturer offers a small selection of connected power outlets that are worth considering if you are getting started with home automation or want to add more connected appliances to an existing system. What Are Belkin Smart Outlets And How Do They Work? Belkin currently offers three different...
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“Alexa, turn on the party lights.” It sounds a little like science-fiction, but being able to change your room’s lighting color, brightness, and more with a simple voice command is no longer something from the future. Thanks to the new smart light bulb, you have more choices than ever for making your home comfortable and customized. Today, we’re giving you...
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Background on Natural Gas Millions of years ago, plants, animals and microscopic organisms lived in the shallow, salty waters of Earth’s ocean. These creatures died and were buried under layers of sand, clay and silt. With the magic combination of heat, time and pressure, their remains transformed into three fossil fuels known today as coal, oil and natural gas. Of these...
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Smart thermostats have quickly become one of the coolest gadgets you can own in your home. Whether you love them for their high-tech appeal or their eco-friendly capabilities, it’s hard to deny what amazing devices these appliances are.Since their inception, companies have jumped on the bandwagon to produce their own versions of these nifty gadgets. With so many to...
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If you’ve shopped for a new appliance, home, printer, or computer recently, you’ve likely noticed a little blue sticker on some higher-end products. The Energy Star certification was developed in the early 1990s by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to save consumers money and decrease emissions for the environment’s sake. Sounds great, but sometimes those Energy Star certified...
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Energy efficient is a quite the buzz word these days, but what do energy efficient appliances mean for your home, your budget, and the planet? Are they worth the hype? We’re tackling these questions and many others in today’s ultimate guide to energy efficient appliances. Learn what the blue Energy Star label means, plus, get the details so you can...
The Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Light Switch is a great entry product for your home automation system. This light switch is one of the many connected products offered by Belkin. You can control it thanks to the Wemo app to remotely turn your lights on or off, but there are other interesting features to explore.What Is The Wemo Lightswitch And...
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The Ecobee brand produced one of the original smart thermostats. Based in Toronto, the company has been closing the gap between high-end HVAC interventions that require serious electrical knowhow and smart technology for DIYers.Ecobee’s latest offering – the Ecobee 4 smart thermostat – is widely regarded as not only being a solid product but a serious competitor if not...
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We all want to save money on energy expenses, but can something as simple as an Energy Star refrigerator save you money? We’re doing the math and the research to help you determine just how economically feasible an Energy Star refrigerator can be.Keep reading to learn more about appliances and how the impact your energy bill, what an Energy...
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It's no surprise that water is wasted everyday.  It is estimated that in America alone, one trillion gallons of water are wasted each year. (Source: washingtonpost.com) The scariest part of it all is the fact that you may have contributed. But don't fret reader, this is a list of simple things you can do to conserve water at home 1. Check...