Jul 31, 2012 8:30 AM
As much as we'd like to, we simply can't afford to have the air conditioner running all day. But now, with the Belkin WeMo ($50), we can turn on the window unit AC at home while we're still at the office and come home to a cool house. All we had to do was plug the WeMo into an existing outlet, plug the AC into that, and schedule a time for the unit to come on via iPhone. That easy. If we wanted to, we could create a smart home given enough WeMo outlets. Which might be a hefty investment, but over time, considering how much they would enable us to save on our power bills, they would definitely pay for themselves.