Since Winter is coming, and here in many parts of Canada already, we’re talking some very useful energy and money-saving gadgets on Global News Tech Talk this week. Mike and Sonia talk about products from Mysa, SimpleSENCE, and Wiser. These products help you set the right temperature, make sure you catch a pipe burst due to subzero temperatures and allow you to monitor and identify your top energy consumers in the home.
Here’s a rundown of all the products featured on Global News Tech Talk for Monday, December 2, 2019.
The Mysa Smart Thermostat is an exciting Canadian designed product that addresses the need for a smart control system for baseboard heaters. They are a direct retrofit to existing wall mount baseboard heating controls and can be installed in less than 15 minutes. Once installed, you get complete control of the heating in that room via the mobile app, available on Android and iOS. They are also compatible with Google or Alexa voice assistants. Multiple Mysa Thermostats work together to control the heat throughout the home, helping you get those heating bills under control. Mysa Smart Thermostats retail for $139 CAD each. Check for special offers from the company or from your local utility company.
A bursting water pipe during the holidays is something that no one wants to deal with. The SimpleSENCE WiFi Leak Detector is one way to detect a potential leak before it becomes a massive problem. Simply place the SimpleSENCE detectors at key areas in your home, under sinks, near crawlspaces where pipes are, and sync them to the app via WiFi. If a leak happens, you will be notified, anywhere in the world. Onboard temperatures monitors also inform you of freezing areas, letting you take the appropriate precautions. Each sensor retails for $80 CAD and the batteries last about 2 years. The app also notifies you if there is a low battery so you can replace it before they do offline.
For those that want full control over their energy consumption, the Wiser Residential Energy Monitoring System is a solution you’ll want to check out. It not only measures what you are consuming but also what you are generating if you have a home with solar panels. All of this is monitored via a smartphone app that helps you identify and configure alerts to any number of events, from blackouts, to if you left the iron on. The system retails for $449 CAD and does require contractor assistance, or a high level of electrical knowledge, for successful installation to your home’s power system.
What are some gadgets, tips, or tricks that you’re employing to control your energy consumption at home? Let us know in the comments!