Automation Makes Your Home Energy Efficient

Annual energy efficiency spending is expected to reach nearly $11.3 billion by 2028, according to a new report from Navigant Research, a market research and advisory team.

And it’s not just businesses and electric companies that are focused on reducing energy consumption. American homeowners purchase 20 million CFL and LED downlights every year, and these lightbulbs are just one way to increase energy efficiency and save money.

The hottest trend in energy-saving technology — with the side effect of also saving you time and money — are home automation devices.

Gartner Research states the average home could have as many as 500 internet-connected, or “smart,” devices by 2022. While this number includes smartphones, PCs, TVs, and gaming systems — virtually anything hooked up to your Consolidated Communications Wi-Fi network — it also encompasses smart appliances and home automation devices.

These devices not only make life more comfortable and convenient, but they can dramatically reduce your energy use to save you money.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Comments (0)/
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How You Can Turn Device Screens Into Screens of Serenity

3 Ways to Turn Your Device Screens Into Serenity

Even when it’s running at its fastest speeds, many people view their internet connection — or, more accurately, the devices that rely on it — as a source of stress. Work emails. Bills. Junk mail. World news. We get it all online, and it usually means adding yet another task to our over-piled plates.

But on the flip side, have you considered that your home’s Wi-Fi, combined with your favorite devices, has all you need to help you relax? With Consolidated Communications’ rock-solid connection, you won’t experience the frustrations of lag or buffering that can spoil your newfound sense of serenity.

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Lower Prices, Bigger Screens: What’s New in TV for 2019?

The Consumer Electronics Show takes place in Las Vegas every January, showcasing what’s to come in TV screens. This year’s show did not disappoint, with advancements in 8K resolution, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and even aesthetics. Are you ready to get into the 8K action?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019/Comments (0)/
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5 Ways to Use Tech to Reconnect this Winter

It Takes 2...And Tech...To Reconnect

In recent years, researchers have blamed technology for a diminishing quality of relationships. Many have turned to communicating via text instead of talking in person, and the replacing of positive reinforcement with “likes” on social media is a step removed from actual human interaction.

But technology can bring you closer to your loved ones. As Valentine’s Day approaches, see how technology can help you to cozy up with your loved ones...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019/Comments (0)/
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What Is a Smart Home Hub and Do You Need One?

If you've recently embraced smart home technology to simplify your life, you may still be a bit confused about certain aspects.

You may know that products like smart light bulbs and smart outlets can operate independently through an app on your mobile device. But if you have multiple devices from different manufacturers, you’ll have to switch between multiple apps. That’s a hassle that doesn’t save you time and can complicate your smart home experience.

What’s more, some smart devices can’t be controlled directly through an app and require something called a smart home “hub” to communicate with your mobile device. Read further to learn more about a smart home hub and if you need one...

Wednesday, January 2, 2019/Comments (0)/
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