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How Rogers Smart Home Monitoring can help you save energy

Smart Home MonitoringMost people are cautious of how much energy they use and how their daily activities affect the world we live in.

As Earth Day approaches, we chatted with blogger Heather Hamilton, A.K.A. @tjzmommy on Twitter, about how her family does its part for the environment, websites that help teach her kids about energy savings and how Rogers Smart Home Monitoring (a system she’s trying out for a year) is helping her family, as well as the Earth.

 What energy savings strategies do you use at home?

We are very conscious of our energy consumption in our house and it’s great to see that our kids have also jumped on board with our strategies.  As a family, we are vigilant about turning off lights when we aren’t in the room and turning down the thermostat when we are not home.  Since we have two boys, they do like to keep the lights on at night, but we have all worked hard to limit the energy to a small nightlight in the room, rather than leaving on a full bathroom light!

How do you teach your children about energy savings? Any cool apps or games you could recommend?

My kids love anything interactive on the computer, so here are our favourite energy- and eco-focused sites for kids:

  • EcoKids has some great online games for kids to teach them about being energy efficient around the house and allows them to be part of the solution;
  • Earth Rangers is such a great site to educate kids about animals and ideas on helping to give back to the environment – lots of opportunities to earn rewards along the way for helping;
  • The US Department of Energy has a really kid-friendly site to engage kids, educate them and let them have fun while saving energy!

How is Rogers Smart Home Monitoring helping you save energy?

We left on a weekend away, shortly after the Rogers Smart Home Monitoring installation, and I totally forgot to turn down my thermostat!  I’m far too cheap and eco-conscious to allow that to happen, so I logged onto my iPhone app and adjusted the temperature to be cooler while we were away.  On the drive home, I logged back in and turned up the heat for when we got home.

Which feature(s) will be the handiest for Earth Day?

We will be using all of the features to save energy on Earth Day!  We have created a list with the kids on how they can be active this Earth Day and work with us to reduce the energy we use, turn off taps, turn off lights and be more aware of paper products that they use.

Did you know that with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring you can get your lights and small appliances to turn on and off according to your schedule? You can read all about the system’s easy home automation features here.

Today, residents of New Brunswick – in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton – and residents of St. John’s, Newfoundland, can book a FREE in-home assessment by visiting www.rogers.com/smarthome

What do you do to save energy? Share your tips in the comments below.

Sarah is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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What’s new with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring

Rogers Smart Home Monitoring app

Last year, we launched Rogers Smart Home Monitoring, a home monitoring and automation service that allows you to control sensors, cameras, thermostats, lights and small appliances no matter where you are using your computer or smartphone. Since then, we’ve been making tons of updates to the system to provide even more services for greater peace of mind.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be doing a three part series to share what’s new with Smart Home Monitoring. Here’s the first post where we take a look at new remote system access options and new ‘smart’ sensors that monitor potentially dangerous and damaging activity in your home.

Android & BlackBerry Apps

You can now access Smart Home Monitoring from any Android smartphone. In addition to our iPhone app, we now have an Android app available that can be downloaded from the Android marketplace.

The BlackBerry app will be available in just a few weeks.

Water Leak Sensor

Water Leak Sensor- Rogers Smart Home MonitoringTo help you avoid the costly damage caused by water leaks and flooding, we have launched a wireless sensor that detects water on a surface.

The sensor is easily placed on a floor, wall or baseboard and when the sensor detects water it immediately communicates with the Smart Home Monitoring system to generate an alarm or emergency alert before damage occurs.

The sensor also monitors itself for low battery levels so you’re always covered.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Sensor

CO Sensor - Rogers Smart Home MonitoringCarbon Monoxide is an odorless, tasteless and colourless gas that can be toxic to humans and animals when encountered in high concentrations. To help you protect your home and family against this potential threat, we have made a wireless sensor available that gives an early warning of CO poisoning danger by providing visual and audio alarms when potentially dangerous CO levels exist in the home.

The alarm resets automatically when CO is no longer detected and will also detect low battery levels in the sensor and tampering to help customers to ensure it is always on.

Also, should CO levels become dangerous while you are out, the fully integrated wireless transmitter sends alarm and status messages to the Touchpad, which will notify you via text message or email and also the central monitoring station who monitors your home 24/7.

You can learn more about Smart Home Monitoring from Rogers by visiting www.rogers.com/smarthome.

Want to win a Smart Home Monitoring System?

Until May 16, you can enter our contest for a chance to win one of five Smart Home Monitoring systems from Rogers. Go here to enter.

Allison is a regular contributor to RedBoard

No purchase ncessary. Open to residents of Ontario having reached the age of majority.  See contest rules for all details.

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The future of television has arrived: Rogers introduces NextBox 2.0

Rogers NextBox 2.0Do you still rush home to catch your favourite show live or hope that no one else has called “shot-gun” on the good couch…or the remote control?

Those days are a thing of the past. Today, we’re introducing the next big thing in TV from Rogers: NextBox 2.0, a suite of new features for Rogers cable customers in Ontario that delivers a TV without borders experience, any time, in any room of your home.

What’s new?

  • Whole Home PVR: Now with a single PVR, you can watch your recorded shows from any TV in your home with a NextBox HD Terminal. Why it’s cool? Let’s pretend I’m a huge fan of The Bachelor (who’s pretending? I love it!). I’ve recorded it and can’t wait to see the most dramatic rose ceremony yet, but I’m dozing off on the couch. Now I can seamlessly switch the show to the bedroom and watch the big reveal in the comfort of my bed. You can even watch the same recorded programs in up to 4 rooms at once.
  • Rogers Live TV: Stream 22 live TV channels on your iPad or Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet using your home Wi-Fi connection. Why this is a life changer? Say I’m watching a cooking show and instantly get inspired to whip up a dish along with the TV host; I can switch the live show to my tablet into the kitchen and live stream the show while I embark on my culinary adventure.
  • An enhanced interactive TV guide: A sleek and intuitive new HD interface, with advanced search capabilities. Why do I love this? Because I can customize and build personalized channel guides and easily search for that show everyone is buzzing about, while never losing sight of the current episode. The new on demand portal makes it easier to check out what’s new on Rogers On Demand Channel 100.
  • More tailored cable and internet packages: Usage-based packaging options. What does this mean? It means I can choose the services best suited to my TV and internet needs. All packages come with a discounted monthly TV service, NextBox 2.0 free for 6 months and a PVR Extender that allows you to record and store even more of your favourite shows! Whether you watch a little TV or a lot, there’s a variety of packages available to suit your needs.

With NextBox 2.0 home entertainment is now on your schedule and on the screen of your choice. Speaking of entertainment on any screen of your choice, Rogers On Demand Online has a new name: Rogers Anyplace TV.

It’s still your online entertainment destination or your favourite on-demand primetime TV shows, kids programming, specialty channels, movie rentals, and live streaming sports action – just with a different name. The new name captures the next step in TV entertainment. It’s about streaming sports action while you’re commuting or enjoying the latest episode of 30 Rock on your mobile when you’re waiting in line. It’s entertainment right at your fingertips.

In addition to watching your favourite programming online on your PC, you can also watch on your smartphone, tablet and Xbox 360.

Got a special place in your heart for Rogers On Demand? Your favourite On Demand hotspot on channel 100 will be keeping the Rogers On Demand name alive.

You’ll be able to see the new name starting now at RogersAnyplaceTV.com and over the next couple months, you’ll start to see the name changing for the mobile app and Xbox platforms.

Which room do you think is the best for TV viewing? Join the discussion on Twitter by using or following #NextBox.

UPDATE (February 27, 2012, 6:43 a.m): Looking for more information on NextBox 2.0? Take a look at this video to see it in action:

UPDATE (February 29, 2012, 4:18 p.m): If you are an existing Rogers Digital TV customer with a NextBox HD Terminal (Cisco 4642) and/or NextBox HDPVR (Cisco 8642) and wish to get the new guide, just complete the form here: www.rogers.com/enhancedguide to upgrade to the Rogers Enhanced Guide, at no additional cost.

Just click on the “Can I Get It” tab and fill out all the necessary boxes on the form and press ORDER NOW. It will take up to 72hrs to process. Once you’ve filled it out, it will update all of your compatible digital set-top boxes in your home.

Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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