In our increasingly hi-tech world, home improvement is no longer just about slapping on a new coat of paint or changing the kitchen cabinets. You’ve probably seen those computerized refrigerators that tell you what you need to buy, but you’re not limited to replacing major appliances to give your home a hi-tech makeover. There are plenty of other changes you can make with just a small investment, which will lead to convenience, peace of mind, and may ultimately save you money in the long term. If you want to make your life easier using the latest modern technology, here are 5 must-have automation gadgets to consider.

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  1. Bluetooth Enabled Locks

The Kevo Smart Lock from Kwikset allows you to securely open and lock your door with your smartphone or tablet, and you can even send electronic keys to your neighbors or family members for when you’re away. There’s also a physical key fob as backup just in case. While you’re at it, why not get a Bluetooth-controlled garage door opener as well?

  1. Smart Thermostat

Ever felt like programming a seven-day thermostat was harder than planning a mission to Mars? Then it’s time to get a Nest Learning Thermostat that literally learns your routine. You can control it remotely, so if you’re coming home early on a cold winter’s day, you can turn the heat up at work before you leave. It looks great on the wall too, and will more than pay for itself in energy savings over time.

  1. Robot Vacuum

The low-profile iRobot family of vacuum cleaners work away picking up the dirt and dust off your wood or carpet floors while you get to relax. Infrared sensors ensure they navigate the room correctly, and getting into difficult areas is their specialty. You can also restrict the areas your iRobot is allowed to cover.

  1. Intelligent Lighting

How does lighting that you can control from your Wi-Fi device, including changing the color, sound? Hue Personal Wireless Lighting from Philips can instantly transform the look and feel of your home, and you can even program it to flash when you get a call or text. The possibilities are endless with color-changing networked lighting. Even if you just want it to be able to turn the lights on downstairs when you get up in the middle of the night, this change will be one you won’t want to undo.

  1. Wi-Fi Plant Monitor

These clever little sticks from Koubachi are Wi-Fi plant monitors that are inserted in the soil outdoors or in your indoor plant pots. They measure moisture levels to determine when it’s time to water. How do they let you know? Through their phone app of course. Say goodbye to over watering or forgetting to water your plants altogether. Sold in the USA through Amazon.

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