When it comes to new tech I’m half gung-ho about new technology and half Luddite. I hate being the early adopter suffering through half-baked new technology. Having said that I got the SmartThings system nearly three years ago – very early in the smarthome trend. While the early years were rough, without question I can say a smarthome has been a money saver and comforting when away from home.
One of the best things you can do to be eco friendly and cheap is fix old stuff rather than buying new stuff. A great example is electric shavers and beard trimmers – the batteries stop holding a charge after a few years and you can easily spend $50-200 on a replacement – or $4 putting in a new battery.