Best Smart Home Accessories to Reduce Your Environmental Impact in 2022

ecobee SmartThermostat on a wall in front of person walking down stairs
ecobee SmartThermostat on a wall in front of person walking down stairs (Image credit: ecobee)

Smart home accessories can bring several benefits to your home, but one that you might not consider is energy conservation. From monitoring your energy use to lowering it through automation, these accessories can help you reduce the amount of electricity and water you use, and thus, your home's impact on the environment.

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Smart accessories like plugs and light bulbs are some of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental impact. By installing one of these accessories, you can cut down on energy consumption through remote controls, scheduling, and timers. If you are new to the smart home world and want plug and play convenience, then check out the Wemo Mini (opens in new tab). This compact plug makes anything attached instantly smart, and it works with all of the voice assistants, from Alexa to Siri.

Looking for a way to conserve water but still want a great looking lawn? The Rachio 3 Wi-Fi Sprinkler Controller (opens in new tab) fits the bill by adding the smarts to your existing in-ground sprinkler system. This connected controller not only provides scheduling and weather delays, but it also tracks your total water usage, enabling you to change up your habits and make smarter decisions on when to water.

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Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.