Can Your Phone Help You Around The Homestead?

My Android Phone

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Wouldn’t it be great to organize your busy life and keep track of all the important things that you need to do and remember? Wouldn’t it also be great to have a journal or a notepad with you at all times so that you could keep a list of items you find around your home or farm that require attention, without lugging around a pencil and paper? I mean, a list will probably just end up misplaced anyhow right? What if you could collect and organize all of your important information so that you always had it at your fingertips no matter where you were? Well guess what, just grab your smartphone or tablet because you can do all that and more with one small application. It’s even free!

So what application do I need?

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Can You Learn From Your Electric Smart Meter?

Smart Meter
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What exactly is so smart about electric smart meters, and what can you learn from them?

Unlike, traditional electric meters, smart meters take advantage of a series of wireless technologies in order to communicate electric use data all the way from the residence to the power company. It’s with this advanced two-way communication that smart meters are able to provide such an array of benefits over traditional meters.

Traditional meters have analog dials that require employees of the power company to dispatch to each residence in order to collect electric use data. Not only are the dials difficult to read, but resource constraints often result in electric use data being estimated on the consumer bill. Smart meters also have a digital display that shows the electric use data as the actual numeric value, allowing for simple reading by the consumer. Electric use data is transmitted wirelessly and securely back to the power company in 15 minute intervals which equates to accurate billing for the consumer.

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Is There A SPOT In Your Future For A Personal GPS Tracking Device?

Hiking in Sunnmøre, Part 3: Skårasalen
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Are you an outdoor adventurer that loves to talk about where your travels are taking you, just as much as you enjoy exploring new frontiers? Maybe you’re just a concerned individual that takes comfort into knowing the whereabouts of your loved ones and that they’re safe. In either case, a SPOT just might be a little piece of technology that can help you stay in touch with others.

What is a SPOT and how does it work?

SPOT is a feature packed personal GPS tracking device that’s small enough to fit into your pocket. While cell phones are often plagued with poor coverage in remote areas, SPOT communicates over satellite, keeping you connected with friends and family from virtually anywhere in the world.

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