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2nd Generation Nest – Thermostat with Low Power Consumption 

Everyone will think many times before buying a thermostat of $250 but what if the thermostat is power saving one? Yes, you read it right and i am talking about a thermostat which saves power or you can say that consumes less power in compare to other thermostats. Firstly, i would like to tell you that why all thermostats consumes too much power? Working of thermostat is to maintain the house temperature according to user’s need. Our house to be to open to outside air or atmosphere from many sides and due to that thermostat has to work all time to maintain the temperature and the continuous working leads to more power consumption. NEST
Now you may ask that why you should spend $250 on a thermostat and you have a valid question. Nest is not a simple thermostat because it is a software based thermostat; the software allows it to save power in many ways. The use of Nest gets lot of easier because of its easy to use software. For more information on Nest click here.
Nest has features of tracking the changes you make in temperature day and night which allows it to work more smartly. It keeps tracking your lifestyle and works according to it, in this way after few days Nest makes changes to temperature itself according to your habit.
Now, you don’t want your thermostat to work and consume power when there is no body at your home and it do happens in many houses. People use to forget to switch off their thermostat and the thermostat use to keep working all time and that use to be total wastage. Nest is a device which can be seen as a step to resolve this problem. Nest has ability to sense human, it’s software switches it on whenever it sense human around it. Although this technology is at very initial stage but it seems like it will be taken to higher levels soon.
Nest shows the time which it will take to get to needed temperature. Most of us to use set higher then needed temperatures on our thermostats thinking that it will make thermostat to work faster and less time will be taken. This can be right and also can be wrong because of conditions of each house varies. Now, Nest has feature which shows you the time it will take to heat up or cool down the temperature, this allows user to not to worry about quick cooling or heating.
The best thing about Nest is that it can be managed by Android or iPhone over WiFi, user can set the temperature & can make it On or Off. For more information click here.

Green Goose Sensors 

Are you tired of accidently leaving the toilet seat up? Leaving the house without your cell phone?  Forgetting to take your dog out before work? Well you are not alone. With so much going on in our lives these days it is hard to be sure that everything is done how and when it is supposed to be. While the above mentioned tasks seem like no brainers when you add them all together then pile the other thousand things a day to remember, well, they begin to weigh on you and mistakes are made. With smart home automation on the uprise it only makes sense that alarms can be made to remind you of every task that must be completed and also alert you of when it has been completed. Green Goose Sensors turn that thought into a reality.

Green Goose Sensors has provided the smart home user with extremely portable, convenient wireless stickers that can stick on anything. They are extremely sensitive sensors which detect the movement of any object which they are stuck on.  A Green Goose Sensor, for example, could be placed on the underside of a toilet seat. If the toilet seat it not in the down position prior to the bathroom door opening then the lights on the bathroom could be set to flash. The possibilities are endless. One of the sensors could be placed on your cell phone. If your cell phone does not move within the x minutes prior to your garage door opening then the lights in the garage could be set to flash.  The same goes for walking your dog, closing certain doors, or even opening a drawer in the refrigerator to grab your lunch for the day.

This system is very simple and easy to set up. The wireless stickers send information to a little green egg that plugs right into your wireless router. The router then transmits the signal to your cellular device or computer. From there you can program macros to determine what the next command should be whether it be flashing lights, beeping alarms or other alterations to the present living environment.

Swamp Cooler 

The official name for Swamp Cooler is Evaporation Cooler. Nowadays the system doesn’t smell like a swamp anymore, but the  the name Swamp Cooler is more used in common language.

The functionality is simple. Air is cooled by simply evaporating water. The system works well in a hot climate, where the humidity is low. States like Utah and Arizona would qualify for this type of climate.

Installing and operating a Swamp Cooler can cut down costs compared to a conventional Air Condition unit by about 80%. Some system can also be used as a humidifier.

A fan draws the hot air from the house towards the system and guides it along a screen of water. Heat is drawn from the air to evaporate the water. The amount of heat needed to evaporate the water is called latent heat.  To evaporate a liter of water, about 2257 kJ of energy is needed. The evaporation rate depends on the different difference between the wet-bulb temperature and the dry-bulb temperature. The Wet Bulb temperature is the temperature of adiabatic saturation. This is the temperature indicated by a moistened thermometer bulb exposed to the air flow. The dry-bulb temperature

The larger this difference is, the better the system works.


The wet-bulb temperature is a type of temperature measurement that reflects the physical properties of a system with a mixture of a gasand a vapor, usually air and water vapor. Wet bulb temperature is the lowest temperature that can be reached by the evaporation of water only. It is the temperature one feels when one’s skin is wet and is exposed to moving air. Unlike dry bulb temperature, wet bulb temperature is an indication of the amount of moisture in the air. Wet-bulb temperature can have several technical meanings:

  • Thermodynamic wet-bulb temperature: the temperature a volume of air would have if cooled adiabatically to saturation at constant pressure by evaporation of water into it, all latent heat being supplied by the volume of air.
  • The temperature read from a wet bulb thermometer
  • Adiabatic wet-bulb temperature: the temperature a volume of air would have if cooled adiabatically to saturation and then compressed adiabatically to the original pressure in a moist-adiabatic process (AMS Glossary).


When considering water evaporating into air, the wet-bulb temperature, as compared to the air’s dry-bulb temperature, is a measure of the potential for evaporative cooling. The greater the difference between the two temperatures, the greater the evaporative cooling effect. When the temperatures are the same, no net evaporation of water in air occurs, thus there is no cooling effect.


Microsoft Home Automation = Windows 8.1= Insteon Home Automation 

Microsoft an industry leader in home software is partnering up with Insteon another home automation protocol standards to come into your home. it is refreshing to see a tamed down version of Microsoft, a more humbler approach to entering a new market. The old Microsoft used to be more aggressive when it came to new territory or new market . The usual approach is to throw its weight around of being a giant and innovate new standards and new rules of operation. That aggressive style though worked on a few products like the Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and such did not fair so well on others when it came to rivaling iTunes, Microsoft Connect, Windows media file format as opposed to JPEG for instance.

The newer management under Satya Nadella seems more inclusive and collaborative when it comes to entering new territory. The philosophy seems to be “If you cant fight em, join em” , that said it is a good move to partner with Insteon among other standards like x10, ZigBee, HAL and others. Insteon is becoming the standards for home automation and picking a protocol for home automation by Microsoft looks good for Insteon. The consumers also need a reason to switch to windows 8.1 from Windows7 and Microsoft thinks home automation is the next big thing to get into to convince its uses to get windows 8.1 .
Home automation is still in its infant stage and still not something an average consumer can pick one without having to do a lot of research. It still requires a lot of understanding and like any new technology there is a learning curve that is steep for an average consumer. Microsoft is trying to change that by partnering with Insteon. True to its origin Microsoft is once again trying to provide solution to the 90% of the population and that is only understood by 10 % as of now.

Internet of things is the name of the game 

Since Microsoft introduced the internet of thing this year and started to back it up in a big way the internet of things market is coming alive. A lot of new start ups have kick started the internet of things idea into high gear, why? Its the culmination of ideas and technology coming together in practicality. Like all major breakthrough like cell phone, internet, GPS, smartphones its time for smart homes. The necessary components to make a home smart is already in place. The hardware manufactures like LG, Samsung, GE and others are not devoted or interested in software apps to control their devices. The software developers were not working for the hardware manufacturers in the past. Now, the connecting bridge is here and it is on everyone’s pocket already, the know it all smartphones! Software developers are very adept in putting two and two together.

With the advent of apps and open source software readily available, the software developers are going to town with writing programs to control devices inside your home. For example this start up company Smart Things sells you a smart hub for $99 that any one with the knowledge to plug a cord into an AC outlet can operate, of course with their app in your smart phone. The appliance manufactures love this whole market place booming because they can sell new appliances wired just for this type of convenience. Its like how the automobile industry got a boost from adding iPhone adapters and options to integrate your phone with the car.

Internet of things is not only an idea for convenience but also a conscious living alternative. The HVAC system in your home does not have to run full throttle when you are not home. A HVAC system tied to your smart phone know when you are home and when you are not, to regulate the temperature to your comforts when needed and conserve when not. A phone tied to your home location with GPS can easily alert the home heating /cooling thermostat to kick start when you are near your home. Things just sound too cool to be true are already happening.

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