11 Affordable Smart Home Products That Will Change Your Life

Lutron is a great comprehensive home lighting set, in part thanks to Apple HomeKit integration. By itself, the smart lighting system includes dimmer switches, a remote, and a smart bridge that allows you to control everything from an iOS app. No smart bulbs included, because none are needed — the system works with any bulb, LED, halogen, or incandescent. We love it because you can control home lighting for your phone or using a wall switch (options are always good), but HomeKit integration makes a good thing better. Now, you can use Siri on your phone to dim or turn on/off lights in any room in the house with voice commands. You can get the starter kit from the Apple store for $230, which includes a smart bridge, two remotes, and two dimmer switches. Besides HomeKit integration, you can expect Nest and Honeywell thermostat integration, as well.

Why We Like It: Apple HomeKit integration means you can use Siri to control your lights. Works with most bulbs and lights.

Where It Needs Improvements: None.

Get Reliable Power and Up to 32 Hours of Run-Time with Generac’s New Diesel-Powered Portable Generator

XD5000E features 12-gallon fuel tank, single-touch electric start and durable steel cradle.

WAUKESHA, Wis. – August 13, 2015 – Generac Power Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power generators and engine-powered tools, unveiled its new diesel-powered portable generator, the XD5000E, designed for high-intensity needs associated with professional use.

Ideal for professionals and contractors looking to power tools, lights and other equipment, the XD5000E is uniquely engineered for the rugged demands associated with construction jobsites and agricultural applications. Specifically, the sturdy steel frame provides added durability while the Tier IV compliant, industrial-grade diesel engine offers a more efficient unit that requires less maintenance.

Easy, hassle-free start-up is achieved thanks to the single-touch electric start. Plus, the large-capacity 12-gallon fuel tank with fuel gauge provides a long runtime of 32 hours at 50% load, which reduces jobsite interruptions from having to continuously refuel.

Generac also incorporates its patented TruePower™ Technology, which allows electricity to be generated with low total harmonic distortion for clean, smooth operation of electronics and equipment.

Put true professional power to work with the XD5000E for just $3,699 MSRP.

Other professional features include:

  • Heavy-duty industrial-grade diesel engine, complete with low-oil shutdown
  • An integrated lifting eye for easy transportation and security on jobsites
  • A durable, fully welded 1 ¼ steel frame to maximize durability
  • An hour meter that tracks maintenance intervals
  • Four, 120V 20A GFCI outlets; One 120V 30A Twist Lock; One 120/240 20A Twist Lock
  • 120/240V selector, allowing full 120V power or 120/240V power output
  • CARB certified
  • Portability kit sold separately (wheel and handle)

The XD5000E is available through Generac and Generac Mobile Products distribution partners across the U.S. Visit www.Generac.com or call 1-888-GENERAC to locate the nearest distribution partner.

Four Unexpected Things You’ll Miss During a Winter Power Outage

According to a recent study , just four percent of homeowners surveyed selected heat as the household item they would miss the most during a power outage, compared to more than half (51%) who said they would miss their TV the most. Yes, long hours in the dark can be incredibly boring without the entertainment of a news program or favorite show, but when considering power outages during the dead of winter a lack of entertainment may be the last thing homeowners should be concerned about. Read more