Steve Greenberg, Daybreak's tech expert, recently shared some of the coolest gadgets for your home, including one that can keep you from burning up over your high electric bills this summer.
1.) The Nest Learning Thermostat learns about you and your home to automatically turn itself down when you're away, guide you to energy-efficient temperatures when you're home and free you from programming hassles by creating a customized temperature schedule. With heating and cooling accounting for approximately 50 percent or more than $1,000 per year-of the average household energy bill, Nest can make a noticeable difference by helping you reduce your energy consumption. Just answer a few setup questions, make a week's worth of temperature adjustments and Nest takes it from there. You can use the Nest Web and Mobile app for remote control. The Nest Learning Thermostat is $249.
2) VTech's new Connect to Cell phone is perfect for the dad who juggles work calls and personal calls at home. It combines mobile and landline calls into one easy-to-use home phone system. Dad no longer has to miss calls because of a misplaced cell phone or bad cell reception. This home phone system lets dad answer landline and cell phone calls using BLUETOOTH wireless technology, delivering better sound quality and fewer dropped calls when mobile users are at home. An ideal choice for people who rely on their mobile phones but want better communication at home, VTech's new one-button pairing feature makes setup a cinch for first-time users. Even consumers without landline phone service can use the system to improve their cellular calls and make outbound calls using cellular minutes while at home, with the convenience and comfort of a cordless handset. This system can register up to two BLUETOOTH wireless technology-enabled cell phones and offers the ability to expand up to five handsets (DS6501, MSRP: $19.95). This phone also features a digital answering system, Eco Mode operation, access to a 200-name cell phone directory and silent ringer options. The cost is $59.95.
3) MyPix2Canvas.com is the premier website for transforming your digital photographs into brilliant works of art. Dads love taking pictures, but they love seeing their photos up on the wall even more. Why keep the amazing photos you take trapped in your computer or memory cards? Display and enjoy them. Perfect for the dad who snaps photos of vacations, his kids, family, parties, graduations, etc. MyPix2Canvas uses a very simple three-step process to get your photo from digital image to canvas. Simply visit MyPix2Canvas.com, choose the size desired, upload the image and edit the image in the simple design studio. Sizes and prices vary, but range from an 8×10 for $31.80 to a 40×60 for $350. And if you use this coupon code, mba30mypix, you'll get 30 percent off the order price. The offer expires August 8.