7 Smart Ways to Ring in the New Year

A different (smarter) take on the typical New Year's resolution

As we turn the calendar to the new year, many of us make resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, get to bed earlier, etc. Those intentions are great and we whole heartedly support you in those endeavors, but if you’re looking for a new direction for your resolution this year, we suggest you make this year the year to embrace smart home technology.

A great way to get started is by selecting a few small, easy smart home technology products that you can incorporate into your home without a huge initial investment. Consider the following products as you open your mind and your home to the money and energy-saving benefits a smart home can provide:

pureWash Pro – Lower your dry cleaning costs this year. When you wash a load of laundry, do you ever wonder if your clothes are truly clean? Well, add a pureWash Pro and remove all doubt. Detergent leaves your clothes smelling clean, but mold and bacteria can still develop over time. If you lead an active lifestyle or have pets in your home, that build-up can happen sooner rather than later. pureWash Pro cleans clothes with the disinfecting power of oxygen, not detergent. It’s clinically proven to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and mold, plus it is safe for the environment.

Slingbox M2 Audio/Visual Player – Save money on your entertainment expenses this year. Does your family spend a lot of money going to the movies? Those box office fees can really take a bite out of your bank account. Add a Slingbox M2 to your home entertainment system and take your favorite programs and movies with you, or watch at from the comfort of your home. Slingbox M2 is compatible with iPhones, Androids, tablets and laptops and features 1080p high definition. You can also pair it with another TV in your home or wherever your travel destinations may take you. Best of all, there are no additional monthly fees.

Schneider Electric Wiser Air Wi-Fi Smart Programmable Thermostat – Save energy and money by adding a smart thermostat to keep your home comfortable all year long without having to turn it up or down. Schneider Electric’s Wiser Air thermostat maximizes the efficiency of your HVAC system based on your preferred home setting and lifestyle. Wiser Air features Comfort Boost and other advanced technology components that provide peace of mind through automatic updates. Compatible with most HVAC systems, including forced air, radiant, heat pump, oil, gas and electric with up to 3 stages of heating and 2 stages of cooling.

Smart New Year's Resolution “Wishing you a happy and smart 2017!"

Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm – Ensure the safety and well-being of your family and guests. Don’t you just hate it when your microwave burns the popcorn and every smoke alarm in the house goes off within seconds of each other? Add the Nest Smoke/CO alarm and receive alarm alerts anywhere in the world via your smartphone. Better still, you can turn off the alarm once you receive the alert no matter where you are. It features the Split-Second Sensor that looks for both fast and slow-burning fires. The Nest also speaks up if there’s any smoke or CO and tells you where it is coming from so you know where to go and what to do.

Nest Security Camera – Save on security company monitoring fees and protect your home. Positon a Nest security camera at your front and back doors and receive alerts on your smartphone with 1080p high definition video anytime motion or sounds are detected. It features Night Vision that enables you to see what is going on around your home even in the dark, Talk and Listen that enables you to speak directly to people and pets and 8x Zoom to help you get a better, close up look to help keep your home safe. Setting up the camera is very easy, as it takes less than one minute to turn it on and begin monitoring.

Philips Hue Go Lighting At Any MomentSave energy and control the light in your home remotely. Add the Philips Hue system to your home and use your smartphone to turn it on or off. You can create the perfect mood lighting by changing the color of your lights anytime you like…with a seemingly endless variety of almost 16 million color combinations! You can even use it outdoors on the beach or camping trip as the battery lasts up to 3 hours and provides continuous light.

Yeti Tumbler or Ramblers Drink more water this year and improve your health by cutting down on the amount of caffeine and sugar-laden drinks you consume. Water is good for you, and you’ll drink more of it with a Yeti Tumbler or Rambler. Both will keep your water colder longer, so you can take it with you to the job site or the office, set it down while you tend to your daily pursuits and hours later, enjoy cold refreshing water. The Rambler water bottles are available in 18, 36 and 64-ounce sizes and the Tumblers come in 20 and 30-ounce sizes. According to, drinking water helps relieve fatigue, improves your mood, helps relieve migraines and headaches, aids in digestion and weight loss, flushes the body of toxins, regulates body temperature, promotes healthy skin, counters bad breath and helps relieve hangovers.

May this year be the beginning of your smart home journey if you have not yet taken the plunge, or if you have already started, continued exploration and success on making your home more energy-efficient and autonomous. Wishing you a happy and smart 2017!


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