Friday, July 11, 2014

How to Save Money on Electricity AND Still Keep Cool This Summer

If you're like me, you'll often forget to turn off your fan when you leave your house. This can add up in electricity. Try this cool method! You'll need:

  • a fan
  • a WeMo switch
    • the WeMo app
  • a smartphone (with cellular data)
  • an IFTTT account
(NOTE: I am assuming that a initial setup for the WeMo switch has been completed)

First, connect the fan to the WeMo switch. In the WeMo app, tap the "More" tab (in the iOS version; use the action bar in the Android version), tap "Connect IFTTT," and take note of the activation PIN. Go to the IFTTT website. Click the "Channels" link in the top bar. Find the WeMo switch (make sure it's the correct WeMo device) and type in the code. Once you've activated that channel, you can set up an IFTTT recipe. Click "My Recipes" and then click "Create a Recipe." Make the recipe say "if I enter an area (using the iOS location or Android location; the area should be around your neighborhood), then turn on your fan. Make another recipe that does the exact opposite (exit your neighborhood and turn off your fan). Whenever you exit your neighborhood, your fan will turn off. When you enter, your fan will cool down your room by the time you enter. I hope this helps!

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