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These six devices make your home more energy-efficient -- even when you’re not there.
Programming your thermostat can be intimidating. Nest’s innovative version tracks your daily routine and programs itself!
Learning thermostat, $249, homedepot.com
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Smart Power Strip
Plug in your TV, DVD player, gaming system, and other companion electronics. This power strip senses when you’re done using the TV and automatically shuts off the peripherals.
Ten-outlet home-office surge protector, by Philips, $50, amazon.com
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Remote Power Strip
Quirky’s clever surge protector features outlets that can be controlled remotely with a smartphone and a design that bends to fit oversize adapters and chargers.
Wink Pivot Power Genius surge protector, $60, homedepot.com
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Lutron’s light switch can tell not only when a room is occupied, but also when it’s dark enough to necessitate turning on the light.
Maestro CL single-pole/multilocation motion-sensor occupancy light switch and dimmer, in White, $54, amazon.com
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To figure out the total vampire power drain in your household, plug your various devices into a power strip along with this watt meter, and leave them on standby mode.
Kill-a-Watt electricity monitor, $20, homedepot.com