Shop Smart, Save Smart: Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Smart Home Budget

March 15, 2016 2 Comments

Learn how to get best Z-Wave deals, without discount coupons, build a smart home on a budget

So you’re looking to create or update your smart home system. With so many brands, outlets, and types of devices to choose from, the process might seem daunting and expensive. Not to worry, you’re in the right place. I put together a list of ways to save even more on your smart home project. Here’s how to build a great Z-Wave system and stay on budget. 

Leave a Review, Take a Coupon

I learned all of what I know today about the technology from the Z-Wave community. That’s why I always read through product reviews – they’re full of troubleshooting suggestions and just really cool ideas on how to use and install smart home devices. So we want to encourage everyone to share their home automation experience by leaving product reviews and getting an instant coupon code for more Z-Wave!
There are no minimum or maximum limits, the more you review, the more discounts you get. Simply visit the page of the product you’ve purchased and scroll down to the Customer Reviews section. Click on “Write a review,” tell us what you think, and submit.
Find out more here.

Save Big on Large Projects

Large scale home or office automation can be costly and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be when you shop smart. Browse our Installer’s Zone to find dozens of value packs up to 60% off. It’s full of Z-Wave all-time favorites like the super-discounted Ecolink door window, garage door, and motion sensors. If your project involves securing a large number of windows and doors, you can save over $100 with the 20 pack of the Ecolink devices.

No matter the brand, we make sure the Installer’s Zone has you covered with incredible savings so that the more you need, the less you pay. The list is recently expanded and always growing. If you don’t see a pack of the product you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll create a custom listing for you.

Z-Wave Kits for Your Convenience

While the Installer’s Zone is a useful resource for saving on one type of product, Z-Wave Kits group different Z-Wave devices together to give you a simpler, cheaper shopping experience. You can get the most out of your connected home if you’ve got different devices working together. You might as well save time and money in the process.

If you’re just starting out or looking for a new advanced home controller, the VeraPlus kits are a great place to look. The VeraPlus is an upgraded Z-Wave gateway controller that is compatible with over 1000 Z-Wave accessories and can manage up to 220 devices at a time. The new product is well-worth its price but we just love creating deals. And so you can choose from pairs of discounted VeraPlus and a battery pack, toggle switch, or range extender, getting the most out of your budget. We promise to keep adding more!

One of the most useful products in my opinion, is the Smart Security Z-Wave Kit. The included devices let you secure your windows and doors, and be notified if motion or broken glass is detected. Through your Z-Wave gateway controller, connect the indoor siren with any of the above products for optimal security at an affordable price.

You can also look into the Aeotec by Aeon Labs Safe Z-Wave Kit for an enhanced home security solution. Get it at 20% off and enjoy some of the latest Aeotec products for less: two 6-in-1 Multisensors (that monitor and control motion, humidity, temperature, light, UV, and vibration), a Gen5 Z-Wave Plus Indoor Siren, and a Gen5 Z-Wave Plus Doorbell that allows you upload a tone from your own mp3 library.

Z-Wave Steals for Under $30

For smaller, more affordable smart home updates, check out the new Z-Wave Under $30 section — the newest cost-saving addition to The Smartest House. We gathered all of the most reliable and cheap Z-Wave products that will make perfect additions to your smart home set up.

Consider the Z-Wave 7-Button Scene Controller, that allows you to customize up to 7 scenes — meaning your Z-Wave devices can be programmed to save and recreate your ideal conditions, like the evening lighting in your office or your preferred bedroom temperature.

I’m a big fan of small devices which you can easily conceal so I always recommend the Z-Wave Door Window Sensor which is both discreet and inexpensive so a great way to expand your home’s security. Whatever your needs, from sensors to lighting controls, the Z-Wave Under $30 section should be one of the first places you look for the smartest steals.

Fast & Free Shipping Options

Our customer support team receives a lot of inquiries about domestic and international shipping options. In case you’re not sure how about the time and cost of shipping when you shop at the store – it’s quite simple really. All orders are processed and leave our warehouse within 24 hours on a business day. If it’s Saturday or a public Holiday, they will ship on Monday or the next business day.

All US orders over $99 ship for free via standard service which usually means USPS Priority, UPS SurePost, or UPS Ground depending on the value and weight of the package. You always have an option to upgrade to an expedited service – these rates are calculated live based on USPS and UPS pricing.

We love our international customers! That’s why we created affordable shipping options for anyone shopping outside the US. Simply choose Standard Shipping for your country and check-out and your order will be mailed to you within 24 hours via USPS First Class International or USPS Priority (yes, depends on the weight).
You can contact us with more detailed questions about shipping anytime.

Do you have any other ideas on how to create ways to save while shopping at The Smartest House? Let us know in the Comments section below and we’ll work on it!

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Jan (The Smartest House)
Jan (The Smartest House)

January 13, 2017

Hi Eugene, we don’t currently ship to South Africa due to a few incidents with lost/stolen mail in the past. Sorry for the inconvenience!


January 12, 2017

Hi, I don’t see South Africa listed in the Checkout?

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How to include Zooz Power Strip to your Wink Hub

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How to connect generic Z-Wave devices to your Wink Hub

We get a lot of inquiries from Wink users trying to connect Z-Wave devices which should "technically" work with their hub but are not listed on the device list in the Wink hub.

You can include most on/off Z-Wave products to Wink and Wink 2, including light switches, plug-in modules, dimmers, and even multi-channel devices such as our popular Zooz Power Strip which allows you to control 5 outlets individually.

Since Wink's support is not very obvious on how to include these "generic" Z-Wave devices to your network, we created this step-by-step guide with easy-to-follow instructions and screenshots to make everything super clear.

We hope it helps you enjoy your Z-Wave system even more!

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Fibaro Z-Wave Plus Dimmer 2 FGD-212 Product Review

September 14, 2016 2 Comments

Fibaro Dimmer 2 FGD-212 Product Review

The Fibaro Dimmer 2 has been available in Europe for quite some time and listed on the Fibaro US website as “coming soon” for too many months to count. Fibaro has made several of their Z-Wave devices available in the states (RGBW controller, Motion sensor, Flood sensor, etc.) and all of them have generally been well received. The company really does set a high standard for quality home automation devices. So, with that being said, does the Dimmer 2 live up to the Fibaro name and was it worth the wait? Read on to find out if this device stands out in the crowded IoT market.

The size of the Dimmer 2 quite a bit smaller than the Aeon Labs Micro Dimmer (the competing US in wall dimmer). This will make it a little easier to fit into your switch box. One thing that sets this device apart is that it has two switch ports (labeled S1 & S2). There are a couple different uses for the second switch port, so it is a great addition to have. Read more

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How to install Device Handlers in SmartThings

July 15, 2016 3 Comments

How to install a custom device handler in smartthings

For those of us interested in home automation, this might be a familiar scenario: You’ve bought that new 4-in-1 sensor you’ve wanted for a while, and rush to unwrap the package like a kid on Christmas Day. Then you insert the batteries and make your way to your SmartThings hub to include it into your network. And then the disappoint descends: it’s a sensor that’s new on the market, and it’s more complicated than a simple on/off device. It will probably take a while before SmartThings provides official support for it. So how do you include a Z-Wave device to your hub if it's not on the list?

This is where custom device handlers come in: community members will often develop their own code to be able to use new devices with SmartThings. They usually publish them on development platforms like GitHub and then post a link to the code on the SmartThings forum. But they don’t always include instructions on how to install the custom device handler and assign it to the device. The average user may think it’s a complicated process, when in fact it’s quite simple! Read more

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