This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
Nationwide provided me with information regarding its In The Nation blog post.
It was a post called “The Best Smart Appliances to Consider“. When I read it, my ears perked up.
As thrifty as I am, you wouldn’t know that I’m a total techy girl. While I don’t wait in lines at midnight to get my hands on the latest and greatest technology, I do love to buy (or, at least, stay up-to-date about) the best appliances, electronics, gadgets, and widgets I can afford. I like to think that because I’m so thrifty with decorating, I’m able to treat myself to upgraded appliances and gadgets!
So I couldn’t wait to jump right in and see what technology is now available in these smart appliances!
The first thing that struck a chord in me was the smart smoke alarms.
Let me tell you–lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about disaster planning.
That’s a nonchalant way of saying, “I’ve been feeling anxious about something bad happening in the house and I’m trying to figure out how to make sure that it never happens!”
You’re going to kick me when I tell you that on more than one occasion I have left the space heater on under my desk in my (cold) basement office after leaving the area, only to find it, to my dismay, still pumping out heat on full blast the following morning.
Just thinking of that makes me wince!
I decided a couple of weeks ago that I would never do that again.
And even more importantly, that I would find a product that, if something were to happen unexpectedly while we were sleeping (or away from home), I would find a way to get notified sooner rather than later, when the smoke is at our door.
So when I read the In the Nation blog post about the best smart appliances and saw that there is a $15 lithium battery with a 5-year lifespan that snaps into your smoke alarm’s 9-volt battery slot, and that it will dial your smartphone, my mouth dropped.
As long as my phone is on and charged (it usually is), and next to my bedside (always), then that’s a huge reassurance that I wouldn’t have to worry as much about getting my family out safely. I’m going to invest in that!
I despise cleaning. As much as I love the feeling afterwards, the “getting started” is the problem. I’ve known about the Roomba floor cleaner, so that wasn’t a shocker (although the $900 price was a shock! Ouch!). But the fact that you can operate it with an app and it has–gasp–wi-fi??? I’d like to criticize those who buy it and call them lazy, but really, I’m just masking my jealousy. I need that! With 3 messy little boys, crumbs are a staple in my household!
Saving Money With Smart Washing Machines
Let’s just put it out there that I hate laundry, too. As I’ve demonstrated, I’m quite forgetful. LOL. It’s not uncommon for me to re-wash loads because I forgot they were done in the washer and needed to go into the dryer. Well, smart washing machines, according to In the Nation, can now send you updates, alerts, info about repairs and warranty issues. The fact that you can even set your washer to run when utility rates are lowest is awesome! I usually dump a load in whenever I’ve got enough motivation to lift the clothes inside and to push “start.” LOL I’ve never really thought about doing laundry when rates are lowest. I wonder how much that would save per year? It’s an interesting concept!
Smart Ovens For the Forgetful Person!
Sadly, not only do I forget to turn off space heaters and change laundry, but I also forget to turn off stoves! In The Nation reported that smart ovens and grills are now able to share recipe info with you and cooking tutorials (although you can easily get that on your phone and tablet), but these ovens will also alert you on your mobile device when your food is done and show you crisp, clear streams of your food cooking. Oh, how I would love to not get up from my desk to check on food! A girl can dream, right??
Protecting These Big Investments
Some of these smart appliances, including smart thermostats and home security systems, though, must cost a small fortune. I imagine in the next few years the price points will come down enough for everyday homeowners’ to afford them. Some of them are quite affordable now, however, like the smoke detector battery. If you should invest in these appliances, make sure that your homeowners insurance policy is updated in case they are damaged or stolen. Nationwide can provide coverage for them so they’re protected.
Even without all the fancy appliances, it’s still good to consider reviewing your homeowner’s policy to make sure you have adequate coverage on everything in case life’s little “uh ohs” happen.
So What Do YOU Think?
Head over to In the Nation “The Best Smart Appliances to Consider” and check out all the smart appliances and let me know which one, if money were no object, you’d buy.
I’d get the smart smoke alarms because those are the most functional and have the most potential impact on my family! What about you? Leave a comment below and let’s chat about it!