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Photo: Dragon Images (Shutterstock) Making your house “smarter”—with automated controls and voice commands—can streamline chores and save you money on energy costs. If you’ve ever dreamed of living like a Jetson, but thought that smart technology would be too complicated or expensive for your budget, here are some upgrades you can do yourself. Smart locks A smart lock can give you peace of mind and allow you to remotely lock or unlock your doors or let guests in. The best types of these locks will be operable from your cell phone or tablet via an app and can range in price from around $150 to $300. Some smart locks are also able to use facial recognition or read your finger tip for access. Most smart locks on the market come with a wireless hub that plugs into your wall outlet, and the lock itself runs on batteries. They are easy to install, requiring only a screwdriver for the job. Smart thermostats A smart thermostat can be a great upgrade that helps you save on heating and cooling costs. Smart thermostats can range in price from about $100 to $250. There are a few types with features like “learning” thermostats that use data from your habits to automate temperature changes in your home based on activity, and energy-saving thermostats that adjust temperatures to help save you money. Once you’ve chosen the right thermostat for you, installing and using the device is pretty simple—you’ll need a small flathead screwdriver for low-voltage […]