Connected Living

Saving Money with Cheap Gas? Try These 5 Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Your Home!

On December 16, 2014, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported the average U.S. household was expected to spend about $550 less on gasoline in 2015 compared with 2014 — which was especially good news to hear with just a few days left in the Christmas shpping season. EIA then revised the good news on January 13, 2015, saying that, since gasoline prices had continued falling (prices averaging $3.36/gal in 2014 and expected to decrease to $2.33/gal in 2015), the estimated savings had increased to $750 —about $62 per month. READ MORE

Holiday Gift Guide: Products to Help Create a Smart Home (Part 2)

We’ve heard how the “Smart Home” uses of the Internet of Things (IoT) will change life in the 21st Century. Frankly, it does seem a bit crazy to get messages from your appliances on your phone. Yet, while not everyone is interested in every single IoT or Smart Home device, more consumers are discovering smart home devices that they can actually use to make their lives more safe, energy efficient, and convenient. READ MORE

Holiday Gift Guide: Products to Help Create a Smart Home (Part 1)

We’ve heard how a “Smart Home” will use the Internet of Things (IoT) to change life in the 21st Century. The single most important facet rapidly becoming clear to manufacturers is that these things sell best if they are designed to be both modular and mixable on the same home network. Plus, considering the comments on a New York Times blog post last January, not everyone is immediately interested in every single IoT device. Still, consumers are growing interested in those devices they can actually use, especially if they are convenient and reliable. READ MORE