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Compare 12 Smart Plugs that Work With Alexa

Z-wave vs. Wi-Fi, that is the question. Do you need a hub or go hubless? In this eppisode we will review 12 different smart plug in modules from 9 different manufacturers. Go over the pros and cons of each and show what they look like in an outlet. All of these plugs work with the Amazon Echo. Some of these will work with the Wink Hub, SmartThings and IFTTT.

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.

 

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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iHome isp5 & isp8 WiFi Smart Plug Setup and Review

Setup & review of the iHome isp5 and iHome isp8 smart plug in modules. As a bonus, we’ll compare this plug in module to the WeMo and TP-Link wifi switches. To date, all of my reviews have been z-wave modules that require a smart home hub like the Wink Hub 2 or Samsung SmartThings.

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