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    Posted August 3, 2013 by
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    Smartphones work on lots of levels

     

    By Paul Fitzgerald

     

    The Smartphone has become a staple in most of our lives, according to Clinton Howell, who is well known in the home theatre and home integration business.

     

    Many of us will stress upon the fact that they make doing business more efficient, while others will say that they are on the job seven days a week.

     

    However, Howell, who owns one of the most popular home theatre and home integration companies in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), indicates one key feature of owning a Smartphone is that it is good for the environment. There are few who would realize such a fact. But it’s true.

     

    “Most Smartphones provide all of the capabilities required to work and play on one device while saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint,” says Howell.

     

    So, how is the Smartphone making our world a better place? Howell provides a real insight into this question.

     

    Paper Reduction

     

    “From note taking, documenting phone numbers, to reading the newspaper, utilizing your Smartphone for these tasks means that we're cutting down less trees,” he says.

     


    Automated Lighting

     

    Home automation allows us to save energy in many ways. Howell states, “One of the most talked about features of home automation this year is that your Smartphone has the ability to control your lighting in your home remotely. This feature ensures that you will never leave the lights on for hours at a time because someone forgot to turn the lights off on the way out.”

     

     

    Automated Climate Control

     

    Similar to your lights, one can also control the temperature of their house via the Smartphone. Howell says, “This goes for heating in the winter, and air conditioning in the summer. Some apps will allow you to monitor how much energy you are wasting, so that you can adjust your utilities and save money and the environment at the same time.”

     


    Energy Savings

     

    “Computers, Laptops, Televisions, and Game Systems use considerably more energy than your Smartphone. Smartphones eliminate the need for most of these items. We realize that this may sound like a stretch but it is possible,” says Howell.

     

    Smartphone Shopping

     

    Howell asks, “Have you purchased an item or made a bill payment from your Smartphone device lately?” The answer is simple: “By utilizing your Smartphone to make shopping transactions, you are avoiding unnecessary trips in your vehicle and doing your part in reducing our carbon footprint.”

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