Fall 2016

In this issue

Oct 17, 2016
The life automatic

Greg Stanway has always considered himself a bit of a technology geek, so when he heard that he could buy a security system with automated door locks and lights–both of which could be turned on and off via a control panel in his room–he knew he had to...

Oct 16, 2016
High-tech home butlers

Technology with a personality seems like a futuristic idea, but we’re already living with it: Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and OK Google are all smart, responsive personal assistants or “digital butlers” that live in our phones and tablets. These smart assistants are also gaining new ground through expanded functionality. Siri is...

Oct 15, 2016
Are smart homes really expensive?

Creating a fully connected smart home can be expensive. However, the smart home of today offers a very different experience compared to those of even five years ago, making it easier and more cost-effective than ever to get started. New smart tech systems are designed to be modular, plus they also...

Oct 14, 2016
Diving into data

The most powerful part of smarter living is our access to information. We monitor our personal energy consumption by using apps to watch calories and track our steps with fitness bands. All this data gives us a bigger picture of various aspects of our lives. An online energy gateway delivers the same data-based insight into your home’s energy use. Devices like...

Oct 13, 2016
Expect colder weather this fall

“By the time we hit October and November, daylight hours are considerably less and there is a much lower sun angle, which explains the typical rapid cooling heading into fall,” says meteorologist Mark Madryga. “The biggest decline in average temperature over the year is from mid-September to October, when it drops...

Oct 12, 2016
Videos: Fall 2016

Using technology to manage and monitor our homes extends beyond our borders. We have sourced three video campaigns that show how smart home technology can keep us connected.

Oct 11, 2016
The low-kilowatt diet: Spiced chicken with roasted vegetables

An herbal yogurt marinade tenderizes the chicken thighs. Cooked with colourful carrots and beets it’s a hearty autumn meal.

Oct 10, 2016
Pattern recognition

Always forgetting to program your thermostat? Don’t worry; the latest smart thermostats use sensors that detect temperature and movement, generating thousands of data points used to anticipate your routine. When your schedule changes, smart thermostats automatically make adjustments. No more heating or cooling an empty home when the game goes...

Oct 9, 2016
Understanding kilowatt hours and energy use

Making toast for breakfast, running the clothes dryer and watching TV all use electricity. How does it all add up? BC Hydro’s Pat Mathot explains.What is a kilowatt hour? A kilowatt hour (kWh) is a unit of energy equal to one kilowatt of power expended for one hour. Here’s an...

Oct 8, 2016
Smart home

n. A house equipped with products connected by wifi or Bluetooth that communicate with one another and can be controlled remotely to optimize functions such as lighting, temperature and security. Smart products operate interactively and autonomously to “learn” behaviour by analyzing patterns of data collected by the devices.

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