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12 Awesome Devices To Make Your Home Smart

It really pays (or, in this case, save) to be smart!

Homeowners have always loved placing different furniture and stuff in their houses. But now, with the advancement of technology, everything seems to look futuristic. From locks to speakers to switches, everything is now more connected to gadgets that are never installed before.

Elite Readers has a compiled a list of smart home gadgetries perfect for any type of house. This one here, though, is inspired by Fortune’s very own editor, Stacey Higginbotham. So, if you are looking to revamp your crib a bit, this compilation might just give you an idea. You can thank us later!

#1. Curb Energy

Well, this one here is more of a monitoring device. It can be installed anywhere in your room, though most prefer having it inside a circuit-breaker panel in the garage. There is a reason it is first on the list, as it actually gives you a real-time energy consumption date for your entire house. And obviously, it is an instant money saver.

#2. Ecobee 3 Smart Thermostat

You can install this either upstairs or downstairs. It does no matter really. But what makes it really cool is the fact that it is another major system. Not only is it programmable, it is also guaranteed to save you money. And, oh, it is designed to cool the room where it is installed. Now, how “cool” is that?

#3. Sonos Wireless Speaker System

If you like music – which we believe you do – then the Sonos Wireless Speaker System is a great buy for you. Unlike its rivals, this one here is pretty much immersive. That means you can play anything on it – anywhere.

#4. Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs

It cannot be denied that LEDs save money, and this is exactly what these light bulbs can do. More importantly, they have the ability to change colors and mimic either a sunrise or a sunset. You can program them according to your preference, making it more personalized.

#5. Amazon Echo

Although it can be placed anywhere in the house, we prefer having it near you in the kitchen. Well, that is because you definitely love to talk to someone (in this case, “something) while cooking or preparing food. Amazon Echo is something that you can definitely talk about, and it even has the ability to control Hue lights.

#6. SmartThings System

This is the kind of device that you want underneath the stairs. It is capable of true systemic automation, and you have the ability to change its rules. For instance, you can use it as a sensor in your second-floor washing machine, so you will know if it is leaking or damaging the house.

#7. Belkin WeMo Switch

The Belkin WeMo Switch is a Wi-Fi-connected electrical outlet, and it is pretty useful for controlling the humidifier in a child’s bedroom. Of course, it is not limited to that.

You can use it alongside your coffeemaker and curling iron. You can easily turn it on and off with just the use of your phone.

#8. Lutron Dimmer Light Switches

If you want to take control of your indoor and/or outdoor lighting systems, then the Lutron Dimmer Light Switches are perfect for you. You can dim the lights anytime you want.

#9. Jawbone UP3 Fitness Band

Sometimes, working out is best done inside your house. This is exactly what this fitness band offers but with a twist. It is counterintuitive, so to speak. You can link it to your house and other smart devices. For instance, when it is integrated and you wake up, the lights on your downstairs and even the coffeemaker will automatically turn on. Imagine it as a personal trigger more than a fitness band.

#10. Kwikset Z-Wave Locks

As they say, no matter where you live, danger will always be there for you. The Kwikset Z-Wave Locks, however, up the game in your house. It gives you the ability to lock or unlock a door with just a tap of a finger. No key is needed!

#11. Chamberlain Garage Opener

As the name suggests, this smart device simply lets you know whether or not your garage is open. But the thing is, you can do it anywhere in the world as long as you are using the app on your phone.

#12. Jasco Z-Wave Outdoor Modules

They are basically outlets, but unlike the ordinary ones, they are outdoor-friendly. Above all, they are great for controlling lights or fans using your smartphone.

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30 Brilliant Ways To Use Old Stuff You’re About To Throw Away

Stop throwing stuff away. Do this instead.

Before you throw anything away, really think about it. For example, if you’ve finished burning a candle that comes in a big glass jar, don’t waste it. Instead, drain out the leftover wax and use it as storage. This is called “upcycling.” Upcycling is “the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.”

And it’s not just for people who love arts and crafts. These ideas are worth trying (and will make your home a whole lot cooler).

1.) Using an old ladder as a bookshelf.

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If you don’t have a spare ladder handy and would like this piece for yourself, visit the Naturally Cre8tive store on Etsy.

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20 No Equipment Exercises You Can Do At Home If You’re Too Busy For The Gym

No time to hit the gym? No worries! These no equipment workouts are perfect for you.

Don’t have time to hit the gym? Well, that’s not a valid excuse if you really want to be fit and healthy. As the old saying goes, there is always a way if you have the will. Besides, in addition to traditional means of exercising, there are actually other fun, inexpensive ways of getting your muscles moving and finally losing those much-dreaded body fats.

Couples, for example, can take advantage of intimate time and do the so-called sexercise positions. That way, both partners can workout (and literally sweat it out) at the same time.

For those who are single or at least for those who are unwilling to spend money on home gym equipment, listen up.

Yes, there are also many great exercise routines you can perform right at the comfort of your own room. ...

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15 Best Indoor Plants For Every Room in Your House

Not only do they make your room beautiful, they also help maintain cleaner air.

There are plenty of ways to decorate a home without having to spend thousands of dollars. Pot plants, in particular, are capable of turning your house into a cozier and more beautiful haven. But since there are plenty of flowers and/or plants to choose from, finding the right one is no easy task.

Elite Readers has this sorted out for you, though. We have compiled a list of plants – which are basically 3 for every 5 rooms – that are perfect in any room of your house. Scroll down below and let us know which one is your favorite!

#1. Bathroom

  1. Lady Palm Trees – helps in clearing the air of ammonia, which is used in cleaning the bathroom alongside different detergents.
  2. Chinese Evergreens – if you want to get rid of formaldehyde in the air, this one is perfect. It is best to place this plant next to the shower.
  3. European Ivy – has the ability to absorb carbon dioxide which is way better than any other plant. Also, it helps in clearing the air full of toxins, heavy metals, and formaldehyde, among others.
#2. Bedroom

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