Cool Green Tech To Help You Be Environmentally Conscious This Summer

Guest post by Maria Ramos

“On many days, the dampness of the air

pervades all life, all living.

Matches refuse to strike.

The towel, hung to dry, grows

wetter by the hour …

Envelopes seal themselves.

Postage stamps mate with one another as

shamelessly as grasshoppers.”


So said E.B. White of a typical Florida summer in his essay “The Ring of Time”.

As the season again approaches, Floridians and their slow-speaking neighbors to the north

will experience that same creepy-crawly dread of “95 degrees and humid!”

Money will flow like summer sweat, moving from private pockets – your pockets – into the

coffers of salesmen hocking air conditioners, box fans and dehumidifiers.

Dam the flow?

Rather than depending on old air conditioners and their ilk, on power-sucking devices that

pollute the atmosphere and wring out wallets, why not invest in “smart” home technologies

that do the opposite?

Cool Green Tech To Help You Be Environmentally Conscious This Summer

Like a thermostat that adjusts heating and cooling conditions if a door or window is ajar?

Meet the Smart Thermostat, released by on April 15, 2015.

Winner of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Mark of Excellence award for energy

management, the thermostat bundles the features most often demanded by consumers.

Controlled by a simple onboard interface or smartphone app, the Smart Thermostat

collaborates with sensors strewn throughout the home to adjust temperature

on a room-by-room, moment-by-moment basis as best it can.

Retail price is approximately $150.

Cool Green Tech To Help You Be Environmentally Conscious This Summer

If you’re not an customer, however, the Smart Thermostat may as well be

the Hope Diamond for the all the chance you have of buying it.

Into this void steps the Quirky Aros window air conditioner.

Invented by former Department of Energy Executive Garthern Leslie in collaboration

with Quirky and General Electric, Aros has similar hardware compared with every other

window air conditioner.

Its software is what’s special.

Aros learns when you sleep, when you cook, when you return from work, and adjusts

conditions automatically.

You control it via its smartphone Wink app, which also houses usage and cost data

organized by month.

One problem: The Aros air conditioner works well for small apartments and condominiums,

but what about a 2,800-square-foot ranch home?
Cool Green Tech To Help You Be Environmentally Conscious This Summer
Big house, meet Ecovent.

Ecovent is a plug-and-play temperature optimization system due for launch August 2015.

Here’s how it works.

You purchase an Ecovent sensor for each room and swap out all your air conditioning vents

for special Ecovent versions.

The sensors measure temperature; the vents modulate the amount of cool air that enters

each room.

You control everything from your Apple or Android smartphone.

You’ll never bicker with your spouse again over who’s hot and who’s not, and you’ll pay more

than a thousand dollars for the privilege.

However, EnMax Energy emphasizes the fact that in the long run, many of these technologies

pay for themselves and then some.

But with pasty air outside and cool air inside, it can be a struggle to exercise, to garden, to

hike and enjoy the evening alfresco.

Cool Green Tech To Help You Be Environmentally Conscious This Summer

You need motivation to get moving; you need the Misfit Flash band.

A combination watch and fitness tracker at home on your wrist, sleeve, shoelace, keychain or

lapel, the Flash tracks all your motions: cycling, swimming, dance, even cat naps.

The Flash syncs to your smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy and runs off a six-month

replaceable battery.

A common theme runs throughout these gadgets and appliances: Internet connectivity.

They are harbingers of the Internet of Things, a network where machines dialogue with


On the cutting edge of this revolution is Apple HomeKit, an interactive home automation


Cool Green Tech To Help You Be Environmentally Conscious This Summer

You can purchase the Honeywell Lyric self-learning thermostat, the Incipio “smart” power

outlet strip or the Tempo Environment Monitor, and HomeKit will enable them to “talk”

to one another.

Best of all, all these products are designed to help you save money on energy bills.

The earth, and your bank account, will thank you.

About the author
Maria is a freelance writer currently living in Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in Communication. She blogs about environmentally friendly tips, technological advancements, and healthy active lifestyles.


Have you considered investing in “smart” home technologies to save the

environment and  save money on energy bills?

Or have you used smart home technologies in your home already?

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