In the world of technology, the term “smart” refers to innovative entities that can perform a series of advanced actions that may ultimately save time as well as money. Most of us already have smartphones that can keep communication open while also allowing us to surf the web, track locations, download files, scan information and even check our pulse-rate.

Smarter cars that alert blindspots, warn us of obstructions and use less fuel is growing in popularity and so are smarter-homes.

A smart home is one that is equipped with smart products that promotes advanced efficiency and optimal safety.

Below are five easy ways to make your home smarter.

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5 Easy Ways to Turn your Home into a Smart-Home:

Upgrade your appliances

Upgrading your appliances is one of the easiest ways to smart-up your home because newer appliances work better and they are more energy efficient. Make a mental or physical list of all the older appliances in your home and gradually trade them in for newer, energy-star options. Upgrade your computers, refrigerator, microwave, television sets, exercise equipment and radios.

Purchase quality home security

It is important to invest in high-quality, smart security to monitor your home and create peace of mind. ADT Cellguard is a great option, especially if your home is not equipped with a landline. Their packages include 24 hour monitoring, pet sensitive motion sensors, cameras, two-way voice capability and high-decibel alarm. You will be able to arm or disarm your security system wirelessly and receive state updates through text messaging.

Make your home resource-efficient

A resource-efficient home is a smart, environmentally friendly home that can continuously save energy, water, and money. There are many ways to make your home more resource-efficient. You can start by install energy efficient windows and doors and hanging energy efficient curtains. Additionally, you can install low-flow toilets and low-flow shower-heads to save water, and implement rain barrels to use for landscaping. Recycling and composting will help cut down on waste, power strips can be used for electronics and CLF light bulbs are more eco-friendly than the traditional. Solar powered chargers can be used to charge your phones and tablets and keeping an abundance of houseplants can improve the indoor air quality while also helping to keep the temperature comfortable.

Install central device controls

Central device controls are hubs that can digitally control items such as lights, appliances, locks, and temperature of the home. Installing such devices can allow you to schedule actions to be performed throughout the day without you having to physically do it. For example, you can schedule the curtains to open or close, check to make sure the doors are locked and turn down the heat with just a few clicks on your smartphone or tablet. This hub is not only super cool, it can also help with time management and energy efficiency.

Less is more

One of the most primal ways to create a smart-home is to keep less stuff. Too much stuff creates emotional chaos and and physical clutter. Stuff also generates waste and disorganization. Instead, strive to create a zen-full home by trading in bulky furniture for more streamline, multi-functional pieces. Additionally, you can donate outdated clothing and toys and clean your home often.

As helpful as these smarter products can be to us, it is important to not rely on them solely. For example, keeping a landland installed in addition to having a smartphone is smarter than just having a cellphone alone. A mobile phone can get lost or stolen or service may become interupted. A landline is more reliable and safer especially if you have small children in the house.