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Start Your Smart Home: Part 2 – Smart Lighting

Trying to figure out where to start your smart home.Today we are going to review Part 2 of how to start your smart home with Lighting and Switches.

In Part 1 of the how to start your smart home series we talked about the need for a smart hub. In that video I mentioned that a great place to start your DIY smart home automation was with lighting. The reason for this is because lighting is the most versatile of all smart home features.

DIY Install Watts Hot Water Recirculation Pump

Today we are going to review the Watts 500800 hot water recirculation pump. I get pretty tired of waiting for hot water whenever I’m trying to wash my hands or take a shower. Especially in the winter months when the water is ice cold coming from the tap. And in my opinion, dumping gallons of water down the drain is not an effective water conservation strategy in drought stricken areas.

 

Watts 500800 Hot Water Recirculating System

  • Conserve Water – Up to 15,000 gallons of water per year
  • Save Money – Up to 10% of your water bill
  • Maintenance Free
  • Easy to install in less than 1 hour
  • Includes: Pump with timer, 2 adapters with rubber washers, valve mounting screws, sensor valve, two 12-inch supply lines

Sensative Strips

Ultra thin design (less than 3 mm ) for invisible mounting between most doors/windows and their frames. Auto-include for easy addition to your smart home hub. Simple to set up with the included adhesive backing and Long lasting battery life. (Up to 10 years). Strips is a Z-Wave Plus certified product. Z-Wave Plus includes a selected set of extended features and capabilities

REVIEW Ecobee3 Smart Wifi Thermostat

Today I’m going to replace my thermostat with the Ecobee3 smart wifi thermostat. And, in my home, I have a special circumstance in that I only have four wires that go from my existing thermostat over to my mechanical closet, so in addition to the Ecobee3 setup and review, we’ll also be installing the power extender kit.

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Ecobee3 Smart Wifi Thermostat

Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control. Smart, really smart – intuitively understands when to turn on your heating or cooling equipment based on your home’s unique energy profile, the weather outside, and thousands of other data points to make sure you’re comfortable at all times. Knows you have a life – senses whether anyone’s home and which rooms are occupied, delivering comfort when you’re at home and saving you energy and money when you’re not. Lowers your energy bills – ecobee saves homeowners an average of 23%* annually, paying for itself in energy savings (*Learn more at ecobee.com/savings)

Sun Joe iON 16 inch 40 Volt Cordless Lawn Mower

No pull cords, gas, oil, tune-ups, carbon emissions or tangled extension cords. Powerful brushless motor increases battery efficiency, maximizes motor performance, decreases noise and vibration and extends motor life. Compact design ideal for small to mid-sized lawns. 6-position height adjustment lever tailors grass cutting height from 1.18 to 3.15 Inch