Right now, surveillance is growing in popularity. Manufacturers have been providing cost-effective video cameras that can be easily accessed from mobile devices. The days of convoluted and/or expensive home monitoring is long gone. Besides, there’s an element of DIY self-satisfaction you get by doing the work yourself instead of hiring a service. A trio of more »
There’s been a boom of wireless-enabled smart bulbs over the past year or so. Although many will recognize popular models such as LIFX and Philips Hue, you can search Amazon and find plenty of options for Bluetooth wireless light bulbs. Some of them even have built-in speakers so you can remotely control both lights and more »
One of the tests of manhood involves carrying all the groceries into the house in a single trip. Even as our spouse heads to unlock and open the front door before turning around to help, we’ve already collected each bag and shut the trunk. As we shuffle with loaded arms, lifting over bushes, twisting through more »
Automobiles, POS systems for businesses and even phones have gotten “smarter” over the years. As innovation continues at an incredible pace, technology companies are literally moving to the home front to test out new products. Connected homes are likely to be the next big thing in smart technology, explains this article on CNN. With all the algorithms more »
If you’ve only ever thought about home security and monitoring, yet never had the motivation to move forward, now is a good time as any. The power and range of surveillance cameras have grown so that there is something to fit anyone’s needs. Many options are highly affordable, require no monthly fees, and allow users more »
If you’re like me, minimizing resource waste is a lifestyle. I don’t overwater (good thing, since Sacramento has “water police”), I don’t overload the washer or dishwasher, and I hang clothes to dry in the oven that we call a garage (especially effective in the summer). But most importantly, I shut off lights when they’re more »
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 »
If you haven’t thought about setting up some form of home security system, it’s a great time to do so. Not only are monitoring cameras very affordable, installation and setup is a breeze. Users can have their equipment up and connected to mobile devices in no time at all. Many of the latest and greatest more »
Home security is one of those services that almost everyone wants, yet only some can afford. Despite the upside of protection and included features, it’s still another monthly bill to tack on with the rest. But now that the internet of things has been expanding into the home, video monitoring is becoming easier and more more »
The Swann HD Monitoring System can benefit users who need to mount a camera to view outside their home/building or on the property. Just know that the results can be mixed, depending on lighting.
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.
If you’re interested in a smarter, connected watering system, Rachio has launched its Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller. This controller replaces your old one with a simple swap and reconnecting of the low voltage zone wires. Launch the Iro app, available for iOS and Android, and you’ll be stepped through the process of syncing and zone setup.