Identifying hidden savings opportunities in your monthly budget

Advancements in modern technology have put control of many things all into the palm of your hand. Your home is no different, because mistakes or forgotten chores that once required a trip home to set things right now can simply be handled by your smartphone. If you’re not asking your phone to help out around the house, you’re missing out. Here are four ways you can control your home from your smart phone.

* Smart thermostats. Forgot to turn the temperature up or down when you left your home? No problem, install a smart thermostat in your home and you can control everything from the app. You can program the thermostat for your standard home and away temperatures, as well as when these temperatures should start and stop. Your thermostat will react accordingly to adjust the temperature ahead of time so your home is comfortable the minute you walk in the door.

* Security systems. More than 40 percent of U.S. homes have dropped their landline phone service in favor of exclusively wireless options, according to the Federal government’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). However, many homeowners still hold onto their landline because their home security system requires it. If you are one of these people or you’re shopping for a landline as part of your system, you don’t need to. NextAlarm’s broadband adaptor allows consumers to cut the cord from landline-based security systems, eliminating the associated expenses. NextAlarm intercepts the security system’s signal and sends it to the router used by the homeowner’s broadband Internet service, saving you the unnecessary phone bills. You can also take over the monitoring of your home with NextAlarm’s self-monitoring service, offering you an inexpensive way to make sure your home is safe. To learn more, visit

* Shed a little light from anywhere. Create the perfect ambience with your phone by installing modern smart lightbulbs. You can use your phone to adjust the brightness or, in some cases the color, of the lightbulbs, and you can also turn them off. Smart lightbulbs present a cost-effective alternative to new lamps or light switches as well.

* Smart keys. Have you ever locked yourself out of the house and been left with the wonderful decision between breaking a window or calling a locksmith? Smart keys can eliminate that hassle forever. Smart keys make the process digital, meaning you never have to worry about forgetting your keys or even carrying them around in the first place. It’s also easy to make a temporary key for someone else, and you don’t have to worry about anyone but you ever making a copy of your key. All of that sounds better than shattered glass.

You live in a digital age, and while that can be confusing at times, it’s also good to know that some digital advancements make your life easier and can save you money – it’s even more convenient when the solution is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. To learn more about the NextAlarm system and how it can save you money on your home security needs, visit or call NextAlarm at (877) 639-8911.

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