Yes it is true, the Nest is a must. I recently installed this little device and it is awesome. The first thing about it was the installation was a breeze. In fact I just sent a photo of my old wiring set up on my old thermostat and Nest send me back an easy step by step instruction PDF on putting in the new Nest.
It was installed and connected to my WiFi in less than one hour. I then loaded the Iphone app and like that I had control of my home heating from anywhere.
This little device is smart. It has motion sensors and it learns your patterns in your house then offers up energy saving settings to optimize your consumption while keeping your home nice and warm. Have you ever left the house and worried if you left the heat on? Wasting energy heating a home that was empty. Not any more. We were away last weekend and it just took tapping the app on my phone to see what my thermostat was set at while we were away. If I needed to change it I could do that too.
I also love the options to see a history of when your system was running and how you map out on the day compared to the weekly average. It is always looking for ways to help you conserve energy and save money.
This device is easy to buy. Just go to www.nest.comand order yours. Installing it is extremely easy, and who doesn’t want to conserve energy and save money doing it?
As I teach classes on using Iphones and Ipads I’m always get some pushback when I suggest that everyone set a password on their device. They say it is a hassle and inconvenient. You know what is more inconvenient? Having a thief get access to all your personal information, not to mention your clanedar, financial, and contact informatin. Here is a recent article from Citeworld on theft of cell phones. How protected is all your information if someone was to steal your devices? Read Article
Below are some easy things you can do to be safe.
1. make sure you have a passcode on your phone
2. Make sure you have I cloud set up
3. Make sure you have an account with find my Iphone/Ipad
4. Don’t leave your device in the passenger seat of your car or out some place where someone may be tempted to steal it.
You can also set your phone up so Thieves can’t disable find my iphone by following the steps on this blog article. Read Article.
If you have any good phone recovery stories I would love to hear them.
So there seems to be a big buzz these days about QR codes. I’m seeing them pop up all over the place. The idea behind the QR code is great but I’m finding that Realtors aren’t really thinking about the content behind the code.
Let me give you a few examples.
So you have a website that you love. You just found out that you can now put a QR code on your news letter that you mail out monthly. Great this is going to be so cool!
Ask yourself this question when you scan a QR code. “What device am I using?” Yep, you got it your using a hand held smart phone in most cases.
So has that great site of yours been mobile optimized? What will your site look like on my Droid when I snap a shot of the QR code? What will the experience be for me? Will I be able to read all your great info? Will I be able to see great high res pics of the homes you have listed?
Many times web pages look great on a computer screen but transfer them to a mobile device and they look horrible. Many companies today are making sure that they are building mobile optimized solutions so the experience the customer has when they find your QR code will be the best experience on the device they use to view your site.
Here is a good article that talks about some of the points I make in this post. Popular! But are they effective?
BTW Mark has done a good job making sure his site has been mobile optimized.