The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is the interconnection via the internet of computing devices embedded in everyday items, enabling them to send and receive data. In laymen’s terms, it’s used to describe the ever-increasing list of objects connected to the internet.
For many, these items are already essential, and we can’t live without them, such as a smart watch, home assistant services like Google and Alexa, your iPad and other connectables are all IoT devices. Whilst most of us embrace these technological marvels, there are some who don’t share our enthusiasm and won’t or can’t connect devices such as televisions, heating and utilities to the internet, but we believe that in the next five years it’ll be affordable, indeed a requirement, for every household to get connected. In fact, by 2020 there will be 31 billion devices connected to the Internet of Things, that’s more than three IoT devices per person.
“The possibilities of IoT are endless”
Now that we are familiar with IoT devices, we’re presented with unlimited possibilities on how we can live a more efficient, connected life. Everyday household items such as refrigerators, washing machines, coffee machines will send alerts to our phones and shop for us, your bed will monitor your sleep and adjust the temperature according to your sleeping patterns. Companies such as Amazon, already make consumers lives that much easier with ‘dash buttons’, allowing them reorder everyday items like coffee and toiletries, all with a push of a button. The possibilities of IoT are endless.
With the world moving to a more connected lifestyle, how do we make sure that the energy we use to stay connected isn’t counteracting all the hard work we are putting into becoming more energy efficient?
“how do we run our buildings and offices energy efficiently?”
Having all your devices constantly connected to the internet does take up a lot of energy, going against the idea of switching off what is not in use, so how can we run our properties’ energy efficiently in this changing environment? For us the answer is by using these very products to reduce energy consumption such as smart light bulbs, heating and lighting that are controlled from your phone. This provides a level of control we haven’t had before because you’re in charge of what you are using, when you’re using it and how much you’re spending on it. Smart buildings can still be green buildings!
Smart offices can be the same through controlling printers, PC’s, heating and lighting in just the same way a smart home can, helping businesses to cut back on energy wastage. It’s always good to continually review how much energy is being used to run your business and what this cost means in monetary terms. Speak to an energy specialist who can assist you by reviewing your bills and advise you on the best course of action.
Does being ‘smart’ mean you’re environmentally friendly?
Yes it does! Well if the humans involved are taking control by using smart products to help the environment by controlling on how much energy you’re using. By being connected you can be more conscious of your role in helping the environment by reducing your consumption but also how you can take control of what can be a big outgoing for your business.
You don’t need a BMS or even a fancy EMS to manage your energy use and environmental impact.
Find out what smart products you can use in your office and how you can reduce your energy usage by contacting us today.