The concept is simple: IFTTT stands for If This, Then That. It provides hundreds of different triggers and actions that you can combine to create automated events. For example, “If my mom emails me, then forward it to me as an SMS message” or “If today is the first of the month, then back up my contacts list”.
So here are 5 more great IFTTT recipes for saving time and money at home.
Turn Off Lights When You Leave Home
Unless you’re compulsive or highly disciplined, you probably struggle to switch off your house lights when they’re not in use — but it’s even worse when you leave for work in the morning and come home to find that your lights have been on for over eight hours. Talk about a waste of money and electricity.
This IFTTT recipe solves that issue once and for all. Using the GPS in your smartphone as a trigger, it’ll detect when you’ve left your house and shut off the lights accordingly. Here’s the iOS version and here’s the Android version.
As with lighting, it’s just as devastating — or perhaps even worse — to walk out the door in the morning and come back later to find that your heater or air conditioner has been running all day long.
Fortunately, there’s an IFTTT recipe that uses the location service on your smartphone to determine whether or not you’ve left the house — and if you have, it’ll set your home thermostat to a specified temperature. Here’s the iOS version and here’s the Android version.
There’s another IFTTT recipe that can change your thermostat’s target temperature based on the weather outside. After all, if it’s cooler outside than inside, there’s no need to waste energy trying to cool your house.
If you’re struggling with self-discipline and/or motivation, then IFTTT can help. There’s a rewards incentive recipe that works like this: every time you tap the provided button, it moves some of your cash into a savings account.
Thankfully, IFTTT makes it easy to do this. You’ll need to install the DO Note app (iOS, Android) that IFTTT provides. Combined with this recipe, you can jot down when you spent money and what you spent it on, and you’ll receive weekly reports of all expenses.
If you’re the kind of person who lends money to people like it’s candy, then you better have a good system in place to help you remember who owes you how much. It might seem tacky to track personal favors like that, but $10 here and $20 there can add up fast.
With this IFTTT recipe, you can just send a text to IFTTT with the person’s name, how much they owe you, and tag it with #cash. That information gets stored in a file on Dropbox — which means that, yes, you’ll need a Dropbox account to use this recipe.