Time travel, flying cars, smart homes – these sound like topics out of a 1960’s science fiction book. While the first two may not be possible, the latter is coming to fruition in major ways. Over the past decade, technologically advanced houses, or smart homes, have gone from a futuristic idea to reality. Smart Homes more »
Long before Nest was ever conceived and born, people worldwide have had simple, functioning thermostats. For decades these devices served well enough to control the heating and cooling of homes and buildings. Eventually, as technology grew and continued to permeate all aspects of modern lives, thermostats went digital and then smart. When it comes to more »
Innovation and production of gadgets and technology for the home has been steadily marching forward. If you consider my experience at CES 2015 like a temperature-taking thermometer, then the connected smart home is poised to heat up like summertime asphalt. Even the home LED lighting market has gotten so aggressive, leading Samsung to call it more »
With summer on its way out, we might finally get the chance for some cooler, wetter weather. Fingers crossed, since California has been suffering a pretty serious drought for some time. Notice that I don’t even mention having seasons – we don’t have much of that here either. We’ve better odds at being gifted some more »
When it comes to saving, doing more doesn’t always generate the best results. At least when it’s the only action chosen. Quite often, less means more. Don’t believe me? Lets say you wanted to save up 5% more annually in an emergency fund. It’s very likely that trimming from overall spending will be easier than trying to get that 5% raise from your boss.
If you haven’t had the chance to experiment and play with some wireless-enabled home equipment, you’re seriously missing out. Not only do the latest wireless lights, thermostats, fans, humidifiers (and more) save energy, the user control is both fun and convenient. Wireless connectivity with all these different devices makes it possible to stay on top more »
Personally, I like my air as I do deadpan comedic humor – cold and dry. I remember the first time I ever visited the East coast as a kid. That first, fresh breath of summer air outside the airplane felt like I was gulping down a soggy sink sponge. It was a bit of a more »
With the increasing number of home automation options, it can be a little difficult to visualize how and where one might use them. Not only that, similar products from different brands can have certain features to fit some needs better than others. We like to test-drive cars before we buy and test-fit clothes before we wear, so why not also test home automation technology?
Even after 29 days, Nest still can’t figure me out.
With the growing concerns about human’s environmental impact, many people are understanding that less can mean more. Less waste, less consumption, and less harvesting of finite resources means a better situation for every living thing on the planet. Even if you don’t believe that human activity has been contributing to climate change (although you should), more »
Many homes still use ceiling fans, which are a great way to circulate air in a room without using as much energy to cool an entire house. And if you’re going to stick with a ceiling fan, it might as well be a smart one.
The energy costs for heating and cooling can be huge, especially during the peak of winter or summer months. One of the main reasons why costs can be excessive is due to mismanagement of temperature. If the AC is set too low while no one is home, it’s working on overtime to keep a house unnecessarily cool.