I was going through some posts outlining the role played by the Internet of Things (IoT) in shaping our futuristic dream to reality. Someone very rightly pointed out that the Internet of Things, today, is what the Internet was twenty years ago. There are so many people who are talking about it. It’s definitely more than just a buzzword—but it still remains a “conceptual leap” for most of us.
How can you shore up energy efficiency of homes with the help IoT?
The Internet of Things, very simply speaking, is all about automated living, backed by high-end technology. Thanks to the IoT, you can now connect your laptop and smartphone with other devices of your home like washing machine, air conditioners etc to interact with each other through sensors, internet connection, language recognition, Bluetooth signals and data transfer for bolstered usability. The gadgets would now be “self aware” as to when to turn on and off, when to adjust temperatures etc. To start off with, let us tell you that the appliances backed by IoT have the ability to calculate the level of the energy consumed and to utilize the energy in a more efficient manner. After recording power usage, the appliances will automatically turn on or off regardless of whether you are present at your home or absent.
Ways in which you can use IoT
IoT entails the usage of computing intelligence to identify a condition, understand it and then act on it. Consider the example of Nest, a smart thermostat here. Now, Nest is capable of comprehending your family’s routines and adjusting the temperature – based on whether you’re at home or away, sleeping or keeping awake. It just makes your house more energy efficient and keeps your energy bills low. You can modify your schedules, change the temperature when you are absent and receive alerts when there is a problem with the heating or cooling system.
The Smart bulbs based on the IoT technology will also help you minimize your electricity bills. The Philip Hue lighting unit remains one of the most popular smart home devices today— thanks to its ability to perform multiple functions. These bulbs can change colors as per your choice. You can also sync them with your music to enjoy a great light-and-sound party.
The Samsung SmartThings Hub
This particular unit helps you control lights, plugs, locks, cameras and speakers all at one go. You can monitor all these devices from your smartphone. Plus, you can utilize a wide array of sensors to set up an efficient security solution connected with most of the electronic gadgets of your house.
The Internet of Things, however, is not without challenges as well. It is still believed that the connected devices are not backed by foolproof security as far as personal data is concerned. It is also believed that innovators might end up undermining the importance of data privacy in a rush to offer high-end products
Author Bio: Jennifer Meinhart loves to review tech products and brands. Currently, she’s a full time author and editor over at HomeSecurityList. She is passionate about sharing various aspects of technology in her blogs including (but not limited to) its impact on our daily lives, its productivity and tips.