By Jessica Oaks
You may not realize it, but at this very moment, you're probably wasting electricity. Don't feel too bad though; the fact of the matter is, most people are using more electricity than they need. The home is filled with electronic devices, and keeping track of them all can be a real hassle. Most of us tend not to think about it. After all, what damage can possibly be done by leaving the lights on in a room or setting the thermostat a couple of degrees cooler? Well, more than you probably think.
When it comes to electrical usage, one should think of the age-old economic theory, the Tragedy of the Commons. The principle is simple: Individuals acting rationally and in their own self-interest can actually act against the best interests of the group, by wasting a common resource needed by the collective whole. You may not believe that you're using an exorbitant amount of electricity, but over time, this usage adds up. And this usage burdens the electrical grid and increases your spending. Thankfully, by being conscious of this fact, you can make changes that benefit your wallet, and the community as well.
Samsung spearheaded the Smart Home initiative with energy-efficient devices and appliances that can all be synced together, so that they run smoothly, and more importantly, efficiently. With sync devices like those offered by Samsung, you will never have to worry about leaving the air on all day again, because you will be notified via text if you are away for a certain amount of time. That is the promise of modern technology, and why individuals who are interested in saving electricity should be adopting these new devices.
Samsung is so committed to the home of the future, in fact, that the company has filed more than 150 patents with the United States patent office over the last decade or so related to home automation. It is a concept that makes sense in principle – control all of your electronic devices at once, centrally and remotely – but only recent technological developments, such as smartphones and wireless connectivity, have actually made it possible in practice. Adoption may be slow at present, but with each passing year, you can expect devices like the Nest thermostat, recently purchased by Google for $3.2 billion, to start becoming commonplace. If indicators are to be believed, the long-promised Jetsons home of the future may finally be upon us!
Jessica is a freelance journalist who loves to cover technology news and the ways that technology makes life easier. She also blogs at FreshlyTechy.com. Check her out on Twitter @TechyJessy.