The Best Smart Home Products for Lazy People

The Best Smart Home Products for Lazy People

Have you begun turning your home into a “smart home” yet? I have the pleasure of living with someone who is very invested in the world of smart home products, and he's always looking to try something new to make us lazier and lazier. Newsflash: it's working. We no longer get up to turn off the lights, we don't pull our phones out to play music and we don't even reach for the remote to turn the TV off. Continue Reading

Giveaway: Win a Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat ($224 Value)

Win a Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat from Honeywell!
For many of us, the next 8 weeks comprise that glorious time of year when you almost don’t need a thermostat. The days aren’t too warm, the nights aren’t too cool. Life is good. And if you let that lull you into a complacent delusion that you’ll never need a thermostat, well, you are just very, very wrong about that. Winter’s ending, the heat is coming, you’re going to need one again soon, and badly. 

Well, we’re stepping into this weird hypothemostatic limbo with a great giveaway; a Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat from Honeywell. Continue Reading

How To Install a Programmable Thermostat (and Save Loads of Energy and Money).

A programmable thermostat cost only $40, and they’re terribly convenient. It’ll ease your lifestyle and your ecological footprint. Your home can be nice and toasty when you wake up, but cooler when your snuggly beneath the covers. Recently, I was asked to help install a programmable thermostat in a neighbor’s home, so here’s some photos and a brief how-to.

Need some motivation? Click here for ten great reasons to install a programmable model.


  • Programmable thermostat
  • Small flat head and Phillips screwdrivers
  • Electric drill and 3/16” bit (optional)
  • Pencil (optional)
  • Level (optional)

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The Top Ten Reasons to Install a Programmable Thermostat.

Seriously, folks, you've gotten get one of these…even if you rent, it's an easy project that you can switch out when you leave, and take it with you. Save money and the environment with this easy DIY project.

1. Programmable models are way more convenient and accurate than manual models.

2. Most thermostats contain two programs: one each for the weekdays and week days. Many contain three programs (for weekdays, Saturday, and Sunday) and some even contain seven programs, one for each day of the week. Continue Reading

25 Cheap Ways to Keep Your House Cooler.

“Sure, go ahead and turn that thermostat up to 80. You'll be sweaty and still shelling out a bundle — unless you take other steps to make summer heat more bearable and reduce stress on your air conditioner.
Most of these cost little or nothing. Thank the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers program, which provides most of these tips (and more) on its own Web site.”


The finance geniuses from Sympatico offer low-investment tips for keeping the summer out of your house.
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