We’ve all seen the Nest system which can make your house bills cheaper by learning your habits and acting accordingly. It saves you money and makes your home somewhat automated, but it is a tad on the pricey side at $250. If there were an easier, cheaper way of accomplishing the same task, surely we’re all going to jump on it, right?
I admit it. I lean towards being a little anti-social. I don’t usually run to answer the phone, and I certainly don’t ever answer the door, unless I knew you were coming. For the phone, Its easy to just let whoever it is leave a message, and if it was someone I wanted to speak to, I call them back… but the front door? That’s a whole other issue, and even though it’s my house, there is something creepy about sneaking around, trying to peep through the curtains, to see who’s there…
Slowly but surely, homes across the world will be controlled via app or completely automated. There are already a number of devices that can automate your lighting, locks, hubs, and thermostat. These all have their own corresponding app, but wouldn’t it be nice if they were all voice controlled so you didn’t even have to open an app to tell it what to do?
Stepping out of a shower will always have you feeling squeaky clean. You’ve just removed all the grim and filth off of your person, and now you just need to towel off. Of course, if you haven’t washed your towel for a few showers, it’s going to smell a bit…ripe. Not only that, but you’re going to have to rub that stale cloth all over yourself, absorbing its scent.
At night, our imaginations go a bit wild. Every sound, rustle of branches, or flash of light becomes a horrifying monster or ne’er-do-well that is about to attack. To calm your mind, the best solution is to either constantly keep hold of a flashlight (which thankfully most phones are now capable of), or put up lighting that will activate whenever you get home and are on your way to the door.
In a time where we need to manage our money very carefully as to not end up at the poverty line, it pays to be efficient. There’s no point in turning up the heat too much when it’s cold out, blasting the AC, or letting a sprinkler run for an entire day. We want to use just enough of everything so that we don’t have astronomical bills, and can keep up our appearances of maintaining a household without overdoing it.
There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night and having to walk to the bathroom or kitchen in the dark. While we know where each piece of furniture is, our groggy state combined with the dreams we just woke up from alter our perception of our surroundings. That’s why having a nightlight is so handy!
There are so many appliances, gadgets, and gizmos in our home that it’s hard to monitor how much energy we use. If it’s not something you pay attention to, then starting from scratch with regulating your usage to try and reduce your energy costs can be a bit dizzying. While it will save you more in the long run, it will take a lot of time to learn your own habits of use.
When it comes to sleep, we all have different methods of drifting off. Some of us need music, staring at our smartphones for a few minutes, or a TV being on to calmly shut our brains down. Even then, the slightest noise or jolt in a dream can have you back to square one in no time. Seeing that we spend about a third of our lives asleep, you want to make sure it’s as restful and enjoyable as possible.