I realized I didn’t mention one thing in my smart home series… smart money! No I’m kidding rather obviously here, but I never mentioned one important factor of your smart home and that’s cost. What you have to calculate first is the hardware itself then, perhaps you can even project your cost savings (if, for example you have old classic lightbulbs or halogens, converting to LED will reduce costs quite significantly).
Ok, we’ll be counting for my setup, which I guided you through, but it will give you a general idea and yes, if you’re not going a crazy route, having your smart home is all about smart money spending.
|Item||Count||Price per piece (EUR)||Total|
|Nedis Wifi to IR Gate||1||12||12|
|E27 Smart Bulb||2||16||32|
|Shelly for Ventillation System||1||12||12|
As you can see I did quite a ‘smart money’-wise job :). Now let’s look at the other parts of my home, which would be the garage, garden light and gate. And that’s rather easy, I have one bulb in the garden – again smart, full colour and dimmable – that’s 16 EUR and three shellies which control the gate and each garage door so that’s 3×12 = 36 EUR. That’s 42 EUR.
Now my complete setup is 317 EUR and that’s quite astonishingly cheap. One more thing you can do is that you give up the Nest Hub and use the assistant on your phone or tablet, but I did quite like the features of the Nest Hub. So I gave it a shot and I don’t regret it, sometimes it even makes funny situations, like shouting across the room only to have Google totally misunderstand you and start playing a wiggle-song… but yeah, that’s life.