As the technology evolves, are we just creating a new e-waste stream, with older devices relegated to junk far sooner than they should be?
Or should we be excited about the potential for smart devices? Things like: turning off heating when nobody is home, opening windows for cool air at the right time of day, letting us turn off an appliance remotely if it’s been left on by mistake.
The latest issue of ReNew: technology for a sustainable future is the Smart Homes Special, exploring all the questions about smart home technology.
ReNew considers gimmick versus reality: looking at smart plugs, solar diverters, Google Nest and Apple Homekit. And there’s If This, Then That, a cloud service for those times when your smart devices don’t play well together.
But that’s not all in this issue. Technical editor Lance Turner looks at the best electric heating systems in the Efficient Electric Heating Guide.
And there are articles on solar upgrades, backyard farming, measuring emissions from gas, electric vehicle charging and tariff choices, and lots more!
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