3 Key Points to Know About Smart Homes

3 Key Points to Know About Smart Homes

I came into this industry with no background or whatsoever with smart homes. In fact, smart homes was totally out of the question for me. I had my preconceived notions about it - that it was for millennials, the rich and the techies. People like me who knew nothing about IoT (Internet of Things) or had no disposable incomes could simply swipe the thought away like how I get swiped mercilessly on Tinder.

Having been in this industry for just 2 months, my mind has been completely blown by the new definition of smart homes.

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Reflections from Intraix's Japanese Intern- Katsuya Nakano

Reflections from Intraix's Japanese Intern- Katsuya Nakano

Hi, I’m Katsuya Nakano, working in Intraix as an intern.

In this article I would like to tell you what I learnt from this internship.

First let me introduce myself briefly. I’m a senior studying at the University of Tokyo and majoring in chemistry and biology. Next year, I will be working as an IT consultant at a Japanese IT company.

There are two reasons as to why I joined this internship. Firstly, I wanted to know more about business by experiencing actual work in a startup. Secondly, I was keen to find out what it would be like for a Japanese to work abroad.

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Healthy Food Storage Methods

Healthy Food Storage Methods

Never neglect the importance of proper storage of food items under good conditions. This would help to maintain the quality and freshness of the food produce, helping it retain its flavour, colour, texture and nutrients, as well as reduce the chance of contracting a foodborne illness. Read on to check out some tips and tricks to kickstart your journey! 

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Energy Management for Businesses

You may have heard this term occasionally - Energy management. Yet, this term seems elusive, as you may question what it really means, as well as the steps you as an individual or a business entity can adopt to start on your energy-saving journey.

A trend has emerged in the recent years, where small and medium enterprises and businesses are keen in engaging in energy management for cost savings. However, SMEs may find it challenging to source for adequate and proper equipment and technology to kickstart this process due to the fragmentation of the market which leads to energy management providers' inability to cater to them.

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Energy Liberalisation and More Competitiveness

Energy Liberalisation and More Competitiveness

Since 2001, the government’s aim has been to provide consumers with a greater variety of energy consumption choices through different energy retailers. The rationale behind this follows the basic Economics theory that greater competition encourages firms to innovate and price their product more competitively in order to maintain or increase their market share. This has led to the liberalisation of the energy market where commercial entities with an electrical consumption of at least 2,000 kWh (equating to a monthly electricity bill of about $450) are eligible to become contestable. Successful application would allow these businesses to purchase electricity at a customisable tariff, which could lead to greater electrical savings.

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Ways Restaurants Can Save Cost On Electricity: Refrigeration

Ways Restaurants Can Save Cost On Electricity: Refrigeration

No restaurant can operate without having to use refrigerators or freezers, for the mere fact that they prevent food from spoilage and ensure that food is safe for consumption. We do not want our apples looking like this, do we?

However, according to SustainableFoodService, refrigeration is also one of the single largest energy expenses in restaurants. On its own, it accounts for roughly 50% of electricity usage. To add on, there are numerous pitfalls that restaurant owners and employees generally commit that causes their electricity bills to swell further. 

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One step for man, one greater step to save the Earth.

At Intraix, we are devoted to helping our readers save as much energy as possible. Here are some ways you can start saving energy from your home with tips from Singapore's Energy Portal. Did you know that the main source of energy consumption actually comes from your air-conditioner (if you frequently use it), fridge and ovens. With these tips, you can start saving more energy and be an energy saver hero/heroine!  

Here are five energy-saving tips:

1) Use your air-conditioner wisely and you can maximise your energy usage (e.g. setting the air-conditioner to turn off an hour before waking up for work daily). 

2) Buy energy efficient appliances with labels showing energy efficiency rating. 

3) Choose energy efficient lighting (e.g. choose compact fluorescent lamps or CFL instead of the old incandsecent light bulbs as both provide the same brightness.)  

4) Avoid overloading your fridge by keeping out heat (e.g. avoid opening the doors unnecessarily). 

5) Switch off your home appliances when not in use, especially TVs and computers as they continue to use electricity. Start today, start NOW!

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Cheers, Cliffton

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Lydia Lok

Lydia is a former civil servant who worked on policies regarding social issues and Singapore small medium enterprises. After serving the nation for six years, she left to join the start-up scene with Intraix to be an energy super hero! With a major in Political Science from NUS (minor in English), and a specialisation in Singapore’s public administration/ policy, Lydia has a passion for all things pertaining to start-ups and social enterprises!

Cleaning your way to a healthier fridge

Do you sniff a tinge of foul smell coming from somewhere in your fridge? Well, it's time for you to keep your fridge healthy and odour-free. A fully-filled fridge uses more energy to ensure that the air flow is kept constant, so it's time to stop procastinating and throw away those expired food from the 2000's!

With just 5 steps, Domestic CEO teaches us how easy it is to kickstart your fridge cleaning. Before we start our cleaning, preparations such as setting away a space to place your foodstuff and gathering your cleaning supplies (sponge, soaps, clean towels, trash bags etc.) are the utmost importance. Next, divide the fridge into 3 main areas: tackle it from top down starting from the door as this ensures that your food are kept in a safe temperature. If there's a spilled stain, you will have to remove the shelves and scrub it off in your sink before drying and placing the shelf back into the fridge. Do remember to check the food's expiry date. You wouldn't want all your hardwork to do down the drain, right? The last step, is simply to repeat the whole process for the remaining areas and you'll have a healthier fridge.

Now, you're one step closer to saving even more energy! Intraix signing off!

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Cheers, Cliffton

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Lydia Lok

Lydia is a former civil servant who worked on policies regarding social issues and Singapore small medium enterprises. After serving the nation for six years, she left to join the start-up scene with Intraix to be an energy super hero! With a major in Political Science from NUS (minor in English), and a specialisation in Singapore’s public administration/ policy, Lydia has a passion for all things pertaining to start-ups and social enterprises!

Defrosting: Energy saver.

Wondering why your bills spiked suddenly when your energy consumption has been kept constant? You should check your freezer. If you see lumps of ice forming, you SHOULD be worried as this means you're will be spending more than you should. A frosted freezer tends to use more energy consumption to keep items frozen and ultimately this results in malfunction.

I'm sure you do not want your trusty freezer to have an early retirement from your kitchen battlefield. Domestic CEO from Quick and Dirty Tips teaches everyone how we should defrost our freezer on a regular basis. Pre steps should first be taken care of, by emptying the freezer and switching off the power.

There are 3 options - hot water, hair dryer, alcohol. The first option requires you to boil a pot of water and leave the pot within the freezer. Ensure the pot fits into the freezer and place a towel below the pot to soak up the melted ice. Leave it for 30mins before clearing up the remaining water. The second option, known to be the quickest method, is using hot air to melt the ice within the freezer. It is the same method as using hot water, but you skip the step of boiling water. (Don't forget to place a towel inside to soak up the water that has resulted from the melting ice) The last method uses alcohol to defrost the freezer. Apply alcohol to a clean piece of cloth and start wiping the sides. You should see the chunks of ice start melting slowly. Do note that this is not the best method but it is a fairly simple method. Besides giving tips on defrosting your freezer, Quick and Dirty Tips also gives you more insight on how to prevent huge chunks of ice forming within your fridge.

Do you not agree that "Prevention is better than cure"? So start protecting your freezer the most efficient and effective way possible. That's all for this week and until next time!

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Cheers, Cliffton

Lydia Lok

Lydia is a former civil servant who worked on policies regarding social issues and Singapore small medium enterprises. After serving the nation for six years, she left to join the start-up scene with Intraix to be an energy super hero! With a major in Political Science from NUS (minor in English), and a specialisation in Singapore’s public administration/ policy, Lydia has a passion for all things pertaining to start-ups and social enterprises!

Things you never knew your iPhone earphone can do

While we unpackage our iPhone box, most of us are not aware of the existence of an EarPod. Most of us only know a few basic functions of the earpiece, but do we really them all? With tips from Tech Insider, we are able to unveil some of the hidden functions that we bet you never knew existed.

  • Pressing the middle button thrice enables you to get back to the start or previous song.
  • Double & triple clicking and holding on the last click fastforwards and rewinds the song respectively. Pretty neat uh? Besides the functions for your playlist, phone calling is also available.
  • Press once to pick up your incoming call and once more if you are receiving another call. When receiving a call that you do not wish to pick up, hold onto the middle button to divert the call to voicemail.
  • Taking pictures have never been easier as you can press either one of the volume button. Don't believe that it works? Try it yourself!

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Cheers, Cliffton

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Lydia Lok

Lydia is a former civil servant who worked on policies regarding social issues and Singapore small medium enterprises. After serving the nation for six years, she left to join the start-up scene with Intraix to be an energy super hero! With a major in Political Science from NUS (minor in English), and a specialisation in Singapore’s public administration/ policy, Lydia has a passion for all things pertaining to start-ups and social enterprises!

Microwave: Your Kitchen Best Aid

A microwave not only heats up food, but it has several uses that can aid you while you're cooking. The following infographic by Part Select teaches you how to use YOUR microwave in the most efficient way, from making scambled eggs to getting more juice from citrus to peeling tomatoes, garlic and peaches easily. Besides cooking related hacks, it also shares with you life hacks such as steam cleaning your microwave with lemons (Yes, lemons), how to remove stamps from envelopes for collecting, and lastly how to test if your microwave is safe for use. What more can you ask for with such a humble yet amazing device?

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Cheers, Cliffton

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Lydia Lok

Lydia is a former civil servant who worked on policies regarding social issues and Singapore small medium enterprises. After serving the nation for six years, she left to join the start-up scene with Intraix to be an energy super hero! With a major in Political Science from NUS (minor in English), and a specialisation in Singapore’s public administration/ policy, Lydia has a passion for all things pertaining to start-ups and social enterprises!

Ensure your home stay fresh with just Lemons

"Green homes". This term has gained a lot of attention these past few years. Using chemicals to clean at home is a harsh reality for some, so why not start being green with YOUR home? Green cleaning can be easily found if you look hard enough. Where? Simply look in your fridge- our solution to green cleaning is with the humble, often overlooked Lemon!

Lemon has primarily been used for culinary purposes such as to remove strong smells or as a garnish for dishes. "Domestic CEO" shares with us some tips on how you can clean your home with just lemons. This includes substituting bleach with lemon juice, using it to deodorize & clean the dishwasher, as well as to clean metals such as copper, brass, aluminum until they shine. Lemons are cheap in bulk, so start stocking up lemons and leave your home lemon-fresh! Read more tips here.

Cheers, Cliffton

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Lydia Lok

Lydia is a former civil servant who worked on policies regarding social issues and Singapore small medium enterprises. After serving the nation for six years, she left to join the start-up scene with Intraix to be an energy super hero! With a major in Political Science from NUS (minor in English), and a specialisation in Singapore’s public administration/ policy, Lydia has a passion for all things pertaining to start-ups and social enterprises!