Whether you want to fully tech out your home or just make things a bit more convenient, finding the right tech to add to your house can go a long way for your ease of living. The trick is figuring out what to buy and what’s not really necessary. Of course, this will depend mostly on your wants, needs and lifestyle. However, there are a few things that are universally appreciated among modern homeowners.

1.) WiFi

No house today is complete with WiFi. It seems everyone has their own personal connection to the internet right in their home. So why is this a common item on the tech list? Because there are more options than you might think when it comes to choosing your internet service.

First, you have to consider your provider. There’s Plume, local service providers, your TV or phone provider and other options. You want someone that has adequate support and coverage in your area. Next, you have to find the bandwidth and speeds you need to support your lifestyle. Plus, you’ll have to find a way to balance both these items with your monthly internet budget.

2.) Voice Commands

The next level of convenience is not having to lift a finger in your house. Installing voice-activated smart speakers, smart TVs and smart tablets can make your day more efficient and more fun.

Instead of stopping what you’re doing to check the weather, just ask your smart tablet to tell you. You can also kiss the days of searching for the remote goodbye when you can simply tell your TV what you want to watch. Or even get help from an AI deejay when you ask your smart speaker to pick a playlist.

3.) Security

Aside from making your life more convenient, technology can also help to protect your home. The first type of tech security to consider is cameras. Ring cameras are popular these days because they connect to your phone so you can always keep an eye on your home. Get alerts when packages are delivered or someone enters your property.

Another option is to use the smart security features with your security provider. Many home security companies now offer advanced tech that allows you to lock doors, turn on and off lights and even close curtains all from your phone. That way you know your house is safe, even if you aren’t in it.

4.) Smart Thermostat

When you think of home tech, a thermostat probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind. However, these can save you time, energy and money every month! Smart thermostats are another piece of tech that often connect to your home so you can be in control even on the go.

With a smart thermostat, you can set temperature schedules for each day of the week. For example, you can have it set to turn off the A/C when you leave for work and start cooling down the house before you come home. There are also thermostats that adjust based on the weather forecast, so you’re always ready for whatever temperatures mother nature throws at you.

5.) Energy Report

This last must-have is especially helpful for people trying to actively reduce their home’s energy consumption or carbon footprint. Using an energy reporting app or software helps you monitor the energy your appliances and home use on a daily basis. You can then look at the report over time to see what’s using the most energy in your home and if you’re trending up, down or neutral.

An energy report can even help you save money on your monthly utility bill. If you know where you’re spending energy during the day, you can take measures to reduce that consumption and thus reduce your monthly bill.

Technology can make life easier, safer and more eco-friendly. Try out these five must-haves in your life to see how a smart home can make you feel more at ease.