Technology has changed so much and so fast in the past 100 years, and that isn’t letting up. Nowadays, many of the changes are aimed at increasing efficiency and cutting pollution, and one of the ways that is done is by making our technology “smarter.” So, I thought it would be fun to run down a “day in the life” of clean, smart technologies “of the future” that are actually already on the market.
Starting before you even wake up, smart LED light bulbs can slowly turn themselves on, starting at a certain time to gradually wake you up as the sun might do. Being LEDs, they’re also super efficient, saving a ton of energy and cutting pollution.
Now that you’re up, you probably need to get ready for work. But you also need to bake some cupcakes that you promised for a coworker’s birthday. You stick them in the oven and then head back to getting yourself prepared for the day out. No matter where you are, you can hear when it’s time to take the cupcakes out thanks to the GE Brillion app and a smart oven from GE. No burnt cupcakes. No wasted energy.
Time to get going. With cupcakes in hand and some trips to make across the city later for your co-worker’s birthday, you skip riding your smart bike (or even your smarter bike) to work and decide to take the car instead. You head to the garage and unplug your electric car, which charged up overnight when electricity prices were lowest. With an electric motor that is about 4 times more efficient than a gasoline engine, you save massive money on your drive to work and keep your carbon emissions much lower than they would have been (if you had been driving a gasoline car).
On your way to work, your car keeps an eye on your driving habits and encourages you to drive more efficiently. You even get tips on your smartphone app later. Driving more efficiently becomes a sort of game as you look to increase your average efficiency and rise higher in the efficiency ranks of other electric car owners who use the same app.
Unfortunately, you nearly have a crash as a car pulls out suddenly in front of you. Fortunately, your car senses the obstruction and adjusts accordingly.
When you get to work, you can’t remember if you turned the oven off or not. But no worries — you can just check your GE Brillion app to make sure it’s off. (It is off, of course, but even if it weren’t, you could simply turn it off using your phone.)
While you’re at work, your rooftop solar panels are generating a lot of electricity that you don’t need. But the electricity isn’t going to waste. It’s going back into the electric grid and then being sent to other households and businesses, making use of the clean electricity. For the excess electricity you generated, you will later get a credit on your electric bill.
You have a good day at work and a great time with friends and co-workers at the birthday party, but you are eager to get back to your warm home and cuddle up under some bamboo blankets. Luckily, your smart heating system is waiting for you. It senses that you are nearing the home and turns the heat on. It had turned the heat off when you left in the morning, making sure to save unneeded energy.
You smart lights slowly dim, getting you in the mood for bed. Eventually, you head off to sleep, knowing that your smart thermostat will adjust the temperature as you like and your smart smoke alarm won’t irritate you with low-battery beeps. If only your dreams could be so intelligent!