Even the laziest among us have to leave the house on occasion. I suppose if you structure your life with a telecommuting career that doesn’t have to be very often, but even then you might have to step out every so often for social or sustenance purposes. I personally telecommuted for several years of my life and I can tell you from experience that it is quite easy to walk out the door and realize that the sun hasn’t touched your skin for 3 or 4 days.
At any rate, I need to digress a bit in order to continue setting the stage for this week’s Hump Day Highlight.
For those occasions where you do absolutely have to leave the house, one of the tasks that always chews up precious time is walking through the house to check all of the doors, turn off the lights, and unplug any electronics that you do not wish to run while you are not home. The lights especially drive me nuts. In fact I am fairly certain that we have a ghost who haunts me by turning on lights in the most remote areas of the house just to make me late for appointments.
But what if there was a product that could quickly determine for me whether or not I needed to make this journey around the house? This week I came across a Kickstarter project that promises to do just that, albeit somewhat non-specifically. The product is called Glow, and their approach to managing energy usage is both innovative and lazy, which is exactly what we look for in a product worthy of a Hump Day Highlight.
Glow begins by using some electromagnetic magic to sense power usage right at the meter. The sensor then communicates with a base unit in the house, and that base unit emits a color depending on the level of energy use currently occurring. This alone is pretty handy, since at a glance you can tell if your house is gobbling up serious energy or running lean and mean. To enhance the value proposition they have also included a smart app to dive into the nitty gritty.
Rather than go through all of the details, here is the link to the Kickstarter:
Now, to be fair, there are other smart products in the home automation realm that could be used to save you some time in a very similar way. However, give this product a look anyway as I think you’ll be impressed by the organic design and simplistic approach. And of course, people like me will picture their lazy selves just having to glance at a color to know whether or not they need to turn off some stuff before leaving the house.