Temperatures expected to reach above 40 degrees in Sydney today, so here's some advice to keep you from melting into a puddle. It may be tempting to crank the air-con up high and keep your house at sub-arctic temperatures until the weather outside finally cools down, but it's worth thinking about the impact that's going to have on your bill. There are plenty of ways you can cool your house in a more economical way — or, if you can't bear turning off the air conditioner for a minute, we've collected a few tips so that you can use it more economically.
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To say I'm a fan of smart homes is an understatement. Being a renter I'm limited somewhat as to what I can have in my apartment, but that hasn't stopped me from integrating as many smart devices into my environment as humanly possible.
One thing I've discovered a long the way — not only have I saved a lot of effort (regular light switches are for plebs, you guys), but I've saved time, money and kilowatts on my energy bill. Here's my top recommendations for doing the same at your place.
IFTTT (If This Then That) is now available on the mydlink Home app across a bunch of D-Link's "Connected Home" devices, including Wi-Fi Smart Plugs, Motion Sensors and Wi-Fi Siren. This means you can now create conditional commands and link multiple IFTTT products and apps together for a completely customisable home automation experience.
Telstra just launched the first products in its Smart Home range of internet-connected wi-fi gadgets — and they promise to make your life "a little bit easier". Whether you want to monitor everything that happens in your house or whether you want to make your appliances a little more energy efficient, Telstra has a widget for that.
Hidden away in a warehouse theatre in Sydney's Inner West, a stage show with a difference is happening. An improvised re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the actors switching the scene from romantic to sad to action-packed, the mood entirely driven by the colour of the lighting.
And the colour of the lighting is entirely driven by the audience - via Philips Hue.
When I met Savant's top executives in their posh SoHo office, they were quick to brag about how their company helped design Steve Jobs' yacht. The well dressed men went on to say that they'd also outfitted Bono's castle with a smart home system, years before anyone knew the word smarthome. So when I finally got to test Savant's new home remote for the everyman, I had high expectations.
The smart home revolution definitely isn't happening overnight. Even with a flood of new devices and platforms available, most of us are still only inching toward fully automated homes. Still, you can take matters into your own hands and speed up the rate of progress with these DIY smart home systems. They're easy to build and most can be up and running in under an hour.
The people at Nest have had a rough year. Following founder Tony Fadell's exit in June and parent company Google launching its own unaffiliated smart home product in May, many have been wondering what the future of Nest will look like. Now, it appears the company is betting big on ... smart home cameras?
The first time I saw the new Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect smart air conditioner my jaw dropped. It was the best-looking window AC unit I'd ever seen with a sleek design and supposedly neat Wi-Fi functionality. After a month of using it, I now remember that no gadget is truly perfect — not even if you want it to be.