Fall/Winter 2017

In this issue

Sep 25, 2017
Putting personal data to work

Sensors used in everything from smart-irrigation systems to fitness trackers collect a whole lot of data. The trick is to turn that data into information you can use.

Sep 25, 2017
Detect water leaks the smart way - before the damage is done

Frozen pipes, overflowing toilets or flooding can be the stuff of nightmares. Consider installing smart water-leak detectors in multiple areas that might be prone to water damage.

Sep 25, 2017
Are all LED bulbs the same?

Switching from traditional incandescent to LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs can save homeowners hundreds of dollars on energy each year. But is it worth paying more for ENERGY STAR® LEDs when others are less expensive?

Sep 25, 2017
The measure of health

You’re exercising again and you’re already reaching your weekly step count. Yet your resting heart rate is through the roof. There’s a wristband that can help you figure out why.

Sep 25, 2017
How the weather affects your bill

If long-range predictions are calling for a frosty December, upgrade your home’s weather stripping and watch your savings add up on MyHydro.

Sep 25, 2017
Videos: Fall 2017

We’ve selected three fun, informative videos from around the world that show how monitoring our activities can reveal surprising information about what motivates our behaviour. Smartwatches may seem like mere novelty, but as this informative...

Sep 25, 2017
The low-kilowatt diet: Glorious beet, apple and ginger smoothie

Kick-start your morning with a healthy veggie drink that’s packed with vitamins and minerals. The energy it takes to make this smoothie is about 0.008 kWh, for a cost of 0.1 cent.

Sep 25, 2017
Smartwatch evolution

In 1984, the Seiko RC-1000 Wrist Terminal became the first watch to interface with a computer. Smartwatches have come a long way, baby.

Sep 25, 2017
Can’t stick to that goal?

There’s a good chance you’ve tried to get fitter and eat healthier. We talk to a health psychologist about why so many of us give up on our health goals.

Sep 25, 2017
Measured self

(n.) Measuring our lives by self-tracking our activities, typically through the use of wearable devices.

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