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By Himanshu Agarwal
While smart homes are typically about connected and automated devices and appliances, making it a super convenient and comfortable living experience for residents, there is one connection that we often seem to miss when we speak of smart homes -- the inextricable connection with the indoor home environment.
After all, smart living is also about smart breathing. Unless we breathe clean and pure air even within our homes, smart living remains an incomplete aspiration. Therefore, as we pivot big time to a modern lifestyle with nearly 24/7 gadgets, utilities, and network dependency within our homes, a sense of balance with respect to the indoor ambiance must also be attained. And this balance necessarily means breathing pristine, unadulterated pure air even at homes.
Don't forget we breathe 24/7 even when living in smart homes
Of course, in this time and age when we are actively using some smart device or the other within the premises of our smart homes most of the time, the point that we are also breathing 24/7 need not be as labored. However, the question is: whether the quality of the air that we are breathing indoors is commensurate with the aspiration for this so-called quality of life and experience of living in high-class homes. In other words, even as we think we are living the 'high life' using all the fancy gadgets and increasing convenience in life, unless we breathe the right air, the desire and dream of quality living will not find true meaning.
Don't forget we breathe 24/7 even when living in smart homes. | Photo by Ale Romo Photography on Unsplash
Indoor air is worse than outdoor air
Contrary to the popular perception that the air quality in the external settings is worse than that of indoors, the reality is that indoor air is often found to be more impure and unhygienic for our health and living. This is not only because outdoor air gets natural circulation and revitalization as opposed to indoor air with a higher likelihood of getting stale by its very nature. But this is also based on solid scientific evidence. In fact, the levels of indoor air pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels and can even top the outdoor levels of the same pollutants 100 times in some cases. In these times of pandemic, it is worthwhile mentioning that even the transmission rate of the coronavirus is higher in indoor settings than outdoors.
Indoor air is often found to be more impure and unhygienic for our health and living. | Photo by Kaleidico on Unsplash
Efficient energy use reminds us of the need for efficient human energy too
Smart homes naturally mean the most efficient and optimized energy use. There is a bit of irony in the fact that while we are living in an optimized energy-based setup, we are not optimizing our own energy here if we ignore indoor air quality. Breathing is a source of energy that sustains our body with oxygen, a life force that creates nearly 90 per cent of our bodily energy. If we wish to get the best of our breathing and internal energy system and indeed make everyday life and related pursuits more fulfilling, we need to breathe clean purified air all the time. A healthy life starts with breathing healthy air.
Smart homes naturally mean most efficient and optimized energy use. | Photo by Unsplash
In a nutshell, unless we have indoor air purification -- of the smart kind or otherwise -- within our smart homes, even living in smart homes doesn't make us smart enough! (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: smart homes, energy, indoor, air, breathing, outdoor, smart, air purification
By- Joseph Collins
An energy meter, also known as a Watt-Hour Meter, is a device that monitors the level of electrical energy or gas consumed by users. Utilities are among the agencies that place these devices in various locations such as houses, businesses, organizations, and commercial properties to charge for the power consumed. You can always know how much is gas or electric cheaper by contacting a utility company.
Electronic Energy Meters
When compared to traditional mechanical meters, these types of measuring equipment are more accurate, have a faster processing time, and are more trustworthy. When attached to a source, it uses less power and begins measuring immediately.
Analog or digital meters are both possible. Analog meters transform energy to proportionate frequency or pulse rate, which is then combined by counters inside the device. A high-end processor directly calculates power in a digital electric meter.
Logic circuits combine the power to obtain the energy as well as for testing and certification purposes. The frequency or pulse rate is then calculated.
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Smart Energy Meters
It is a cutting-edge metering technique that entails installing intelligent meters that read, process, and relay information to clients. It monitors energy usage, changes the supply to consumers remotely, and digitally manages the maximum energy usage.
For greater performance, smart metering systems make use of modern metering infrastructure system technology. These meters limit the number of times you have to go to the place to get your monthly reading.
In these smart meters, modems are utilized to enable communication technologies like phone, wireless, fiber cable, and power line communications. Another benefit of smart metering is that it eliminates the possibility of tampering with energy meters, which could lead to unlawful power usage.
An energy meter, also known as a Watt-Hour Meter, is a device that monitors the level of electrical energy or gas consumed by users. | Wikimedia
Working of The Meter
The conventional electric meter looks like a clock and keeps track of how much electricity you consume. A series of microscopic gears inside the meter moves as your home takes electricity from the power wires. The numbers on your meter that you notice when you look at it indicate the number of revolutions.
The quantity of electricity utilized determines the speed at which the rotations occur. The velocity of moving gas in the pipeline is measured by a gas meter. As the gas flow rate increases, the dials speed up.
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How Often is Meter Read?
Unless the meter is a consumer-ready meter, the government will demand utility companies read user meters quarterly. If the consumer checks the meter, the utility is asked to read it at least once a year. Almost every month, many utilities try and read their customers' meters.
If the meter isn't read, the utility might issue an estimated charge based on the previous usage. Keep bushes and plants away from the meter and allow access to the meter reader if your meter is within your home. All utilities demand their meter readers to have an employment ID as a security measure.
Smart meters limit the number of times you have to go to the place to get your monthly reading. | Wikimedia
Responsibility of Meter
The utility provider is in charge of meter installation as well as the gas and electric lines that go up to the meter. The wires from the meter to the customer's premises are his responsibility.Please call your gas or electric utility if your meter is broken or displays evidence of tampering. Manipulation with a meter is prohibited and may result in service termination, legal punishment, or both.
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In a step ahead for India's clean energy targets, the Power Ministry has released draft norms for green energy. The Ministry has circulated the Draft Electricity (Promoting Renewable Energy Through Green Energy Open Access) Rules, 2021, and sought comments on it within 30 days, said an official statement.
These rules are proposed for purchase and consumption of green energy, including the energy from waste-to-energy plants. The draft rules entail Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO), green energy open access, nodal agencies, procedure for grant of green energy open access, banking, and cross subsidy surcharge.
With regard to tariff, they propose that "the tariff for the green energy shall be determined by the Appropriate Commission, which may comprise of the average pooled power purchase cost of the renewable energy, cross-subsidy charges (if any), and service charges covering all prudent cost of the distribution licensee for providing the green energy".
The proposed rules regarding green hydrogen state "green hydrogen" is the hydrogen produced using electricity from the renewable sources, and the obligated entity, including the industries, can also meet their RPO by purchasing it.
The quantum of green hydrogen would be computed by considering the equivalence to the green hydrogen produced from one MWh of electricity from the renewable sources or its multiple. The norms shall be notified by the Central Commission.
These draft rules also propose guidelines for green energy open access, stating that "The Appropriate Commission shall put in place regulations in accordance with this Rule to provide Green Energy Open Access to consumers who are willing to consume Green Energy. All applications for open access of Green Energy shall be granted within a maximum of 15 days."(IANS/PP)
Have you been feeling tired or depleted lately? Everyone suffers from a drop in energy every once in a while but if you've been hitting the snooze button far too often, it's time to look for a long-term solution. Sometimes it's easy to identify why we feel tired, like when we stay up too late, but other times the cause of our low energy levels isn't so clear.
Let's take a look at some common causes for feeling tired and what remedies you can take to combat the problem:
- Vitamin Deficiency
Feeling tired or depleted all the time can be caused by a vitamin deficiency. Some of the common deficiencies that can cause low energy are vitamin D, vitamin B-12, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Your doctor can prescribe a routine blood test that will quickly identify if you suffer from any vitamin deficiency problems.
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- Lack of Sleep
If you're constantly staying up late, this can start to take its toll on your energy levels. The average adult needs between 7 - 9 hours of sleep a night to feel well-rested. Any less than this and you risk suffering from sleep deprivation.
In order to get a good night's rest, practice sleep hygiene. Start by being consistent and establishing a bedtime routine for yourself. Avoid screens before bedtime. Make sure your bedroom is dark and a comfortable temperature. Lastly, avoid caffeine at least 6 hours before bedtime.
Physical exercise is not only healthy for your body but it can boost energy levels as wellUnsplash
- Sedentary Lifestyle
A lack of exercise can actually affect your sleep habits. Physical exercise is not only healthy for your body but it can boost energy levels as well. To improve your sleep habits, establish an exercise routine and stick to it. If you're new to exercise, remember to take it slow. Overexerting yourself can lead to injury and that certainly won't help your sleep! Figure out for yourself whether you sleep better if you exercise during the morning or the night time. Some people find that exercising too late in the evening actually disrupts their sleep patterns.
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Have you been feeling stressed lately? Stress is a common cause of low energy levels! Not only that but stress can also cause:
●Lack of sleep
When your body feels stressed, it releases cortisol and adrenaline. If it happens rarely, it won't have any effect on your body. But if you're constantly feeling stressed, then this can wreak havoc on your system and leave you feeling depleted all the time.
To improve low energy levels caused by stress, learn some positive coping strategies for dealing with stress in a healthy way. Meditation, exercise and breathing techniques can all help you manage your stress levels, and as a result, increase your energy.
Sometimes a lack of energy can be the result of medication that we take. Check the label of any medications you take to see if fatigue or drowsiness is a side effect. If you find the fatigue caused by a new medication is too much to handle, speak to your doctor about trying some alternatives. Just remember - never stop taking medication yourself before speaking to your doctor!
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