As we prepare for adding an addition to our home, new home technologies have caught my eye. In this Links of Interest, I highlight two home technologies which promise to help you save money and a social network designed specifically for your neighborhood.
Nest | The Learning Thermostat – One might wonder how a thermostat can be updated to the 21st century. Check out the Nest thermostat to find your answer. A team of former Apple engineers have created a consumer friendly “smart” thermostat. It learns your patterns of life, adjusting the temperature accordingly, all the while saving you money.
SWITCH Light Bulbs – SWITCH is looking to re-write the book on energy efficient light bulbs. Rather than using fluorescent bulbs, their bulbs use LEDs which emit a natural light, last longer and don’t cause a home environmental hazard if you break them.
Nextdoor | Your Neighborhood Social Network – Nextdoor is a neighborhood social network which may actually help facilitate what has become a rare occurrence in our modern world: real-world interaction with your neighbors. Just yesterday, I signed up to create a Nextdoor site for my neighborhood. I look forward to reporting my findings here on this blog. Until then, check out Nextdoor. Watch their 90 second video to quickly get a sense of how it works.