Use Smart Home Technology to Save
Help manage your energy use with smart thermostats, power strips and outlets.
The touch of a screen, swipe of your finger and sound of your voice have never been more powerful. In today's smart home, that's all it takes to turn off the lights or adjust the temperature.
Whether you start small or opt for the bells and whistles, there are plenty of smart devices to help you achieve your energy-saving goals.
• With heating and cooling being the biggest home energy users, a smart thermostat is a wise investment. These devices learn your routine—when you tend to leave, when you return home and your preferred temperature in various seasons. Using that information, the thermostat controls your home's temperature. You also can control it remotely with a smartphone. Eligible MGE customers can take advantage of a $50 cash-back incentive from Wisconsin's Focus on Energy® program when purchasing a qualified smart thermostat.
• Smart power strips are an effective way to prevent phantom energy by detecting when a device is in standby mode and then cutting off power to that device. Phantom power accounts for approximately 6 percent of an average household's energy use.
• LED-based smart bulbs connect to your home's Wi-Fi network, allowing you to control lights from anywhere you have Internet access. Smart bulbs also have dimming capabilities that you can use even if you don't have a dimmer switch!
• Smart outlets allow you to control lighting or almost anything else you plug in through an app on your mobile device.
MGE is available to provide tips and answer your questions about home automation and saving energy. Call the MGE Home Energy Line at (608) 252-7117 or send an email to AskExperts@mge.com.