Home automation is an investment that pays you back by reducing your energy costs. It also offers flexibility because you’re able to manage specific aspects of your energy use from anywhere via your smartphone. Smart appliances, such as a slow cooker that’s controlled remotely, can be turned on or off at your discretion, whether you’re at work or out shopping. You can also include more fresh herbs in your cooking by setting up a smart garden to grow herbs at home. These eco-friendly gardens remind you when you need to water plants and when you need to fertilize your plants.