Must-Have Home Gadgets

Imagine my surprise–and delight–when a
Mashable alert popped up on my iPhone with this enticing headline: “5 Gadgets That Will Transform Your Home.” It’s not terribly often that the self-proclaimed “online guide to social media” delves into home topics, so I was eager to see the featured gadgets.
Regardless of what sort of gadget you’re looking for–environmental, energy, chores, audio or entertainment–writer Jolie O’Dell has a recommendation.

Given the eco-friendly and energy-efficient focus of Charles & Hudson, I was especially drawn to two gadgets. HAL (yes, that’s a “2001: A Space Odyssey” reference) is an all-in-one automation system that controls lights, appliances, audio, video, security and thermostat settings from the convenience of a web browser, phone or by voice. O’Dell cautions that there may be some additional expense involved if you have to set up a server, but your energy savings could be significantly more in the long run.
If you’re seeking something that solely focuses on energy-monitoring, O’Dell recommends a PowerMeter, specifically Current Cost’s ENVI. The ENVI monitors total energy usage, and can also break down energy consumed by individual appliances. The data is compiled into a bar graph that’s updated during a rolling 24-hour period, so you can pinpoint excess energy usages in your home and make adjustments accordingly.
Photo courtesy of Mashable

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Katy Schamberger
Katy Schamberger is a Kansas City-based freelance writer, editor, blogger and author who weaves experience as a journalist, magazine editor and Chief Content Officer to create compelling, engaging copy that informs, entertains and inspires action. Oh, and she likes to take photos, too, especially of architecture, food and cocktails. Welcome!