Media Relations for a Connected World
What type of smart energy technology will make the biggest impact in the future?
Today almost everything in the home can be “smart”, as long as it is internet enabled and connected. However to be really smart, not only should the devices collect data, they should be able to act on it.
Many consider technologically-enhanced everyday household items as smart. Yes, it is interesting to be able to switch off lights with an app, or to know how much electricity your refrigerator uses, but it becomes truly useful, fascinating and “smart” when all these household items are inter-connected and then, by using algorithms and ambient technology, are able to not only monitor our energy use, but also to provide guidance regarding their use to utilize the energy consumption levels throughout the house.
For example, it is very intelligent when my smart lawn sprinklers are linked to weather.com which provides the system the information that rain is on the way, and then over-riding the scheduled activation of the lawn watering system – even if it senses that the grass is a bit dried out. The system should be smart enough to also close the windows on that side of the house so that water does not get in.
Those same window sensors could close the windows when I turn on the air conditioning or the heating. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your house knew which rooms were occupied and could turn on the air conditioning only in those rooms – not wasting energy by blowing cold air into rooms that were empty and unused?
You can begin to imagine what life could look like when homes are nearly 100% quantified and optimized and when simple, intelligent house rules are automated. From window shades closing, lights turning off and heating turning down, our relationship with our home and surroundings will be completely different.
Smart devices will have a huge impact on our lives and allow our homes and our lifestyles to be more self-regulated and monitored, and at the same time, optimized and energy efficient.