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that work with the Hue ecosystem: “The most popular is Hue Disco.” Link it to your system, play music, and it’s an instant dance party with changing colors and lights flashing to the beat. One approachable entry point for trying out a smart product is the Wemo Mini Smart Plug ($34.99, wemo. com). Plug in any outlet and then plug in your lamp, fan or other appliance and set up the app to tell devices when to turn on and off — for example, having your porch light come on at sunset and go off at a designated time. Wemo makes smart light switches, plugs, and later this year will offer dimmers. To monitor home


energy use, connect Curb, a real-time home energy monitoring system ($399, to your breaker box to learn which devices are sucking power. You can estimate your bill, view trends and get recommendations. Don’t stop with electricity. You’ll be able to “talk” with your water system with a FLUID meter ($259,, which will be available in stores soon. The small metering device attaches to your pipes and lets you know how much water you’re using and where it’s being consumed (toilet, kitchen sink, hose, etc.). Connect it to your smartphone and set it for things like leak


notifications or For the The self-tinting even goal setting Suntuitive outside, there are Dynamic Glass — features that programmable (shown on are especially irrigation controls windows to the useful in places like Skydrop right) utilizes like California, ($299, heat from direct where water sunlight. or Rachio ($199 usage is billed by to $249, rachio. cost tiers. com) controlled by smart “People are so discondevices and which consider nected to the water they weather, temperature and use, and they want to see moisture to help homeownhow they’re impacting the ers create a landscape world around them,” says watering schedule that’s Josh Becerra, co-founder less wasteful. of FLUID, which began as Many of these dea Kickstarter campaign. vices are partnering with “There’s been persistent or seeking to partner with drought in the West voice-activated systems and Southwest and in like Amazon’s Alexa and other parts of the world. Echo Dot, Google Home or People are becoming more Samsung’s SmartThings. conscientious about water Some, like Wemo, work with conservation.” IFTTT (If This Then That),