So you went out a bought a Nest smart thermostat. You open the app a couple of times each day to turn the temperature up or down, and feel good about the money and energy you think you’re saving (this article states that for most users, a Nest will pay for itself in two years, […]Get the Guide
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Editor's Note: What's Cooking?
If it’s cooking in my kitchen it’s likely to be a ham and cheese Hot Pocket or a Tombstone pizza. Quick, easy, and … YUCK. If I had more time to plan and prepare a real, honest-to-goodness meal, I’d dump my old standbys faster than a bad boyfriend. I’m pretty sure my guilt over poor […]Get the Guide
Smart Home Trends: Aging in Place
As our population ages, so does the number of at-home, unpaid caregivers. According to a 2010 report*, the aging population (65+) in the U.S. will more than double between the years 2000 and 2030, increasing to 71.5 million. It’s no wonder that in 2012, 65.7 million caregivers made up 29 percent of the U.S. adult […]Get the Guide
5 Ways Lighting Control Adds Simplicity and Convenience to Everyday Life and Saves Energy too
Managing a home’s lighting through a combination of solutions can save consumers a noticeable amount on their electric bills.
The Internet can be a great resource, but that doesn’t mean the information on the web is always accurate. There has been a lot written recently about the topic of smart homes, smart grids and other technologies that are designed to enhance the lives of homeowners. For example, it has been stated that smart solutions […]Get the Guide
Home Automation Roundup
Your smart home starts with a good list of home automation options
One of the biggest challenges of adding technology to a home is finding and comparing the many options available. You can scour the Internet for hours and still leave scratching your head. While the selection of home automation systems may not be as immense as stereo speakers or smart TVs, it’s still impressive … and […]Get the Guide
Time to Give Your House a DIY Job?
It’s one thing to hear about a home automation system from the company that manufactured it; it’s another to listen to the thoughts about the system from the people who actually use it. Manufacturers are quick to claim that their automation systems are easy to install and even easier to use, but are they really? […]Get the Guide
Old School New School
Originally a school auditorium, this beautiful 4,644-square-foot space is now home to a family of four and is equipped with smart home technology and media systems that are so intuitive to use, virtually no schooling is needed. This cavernous structure was transformed into livable areas with a little ingenuity on the parts of the builder […]Get the Guide
The Minimalist Master: Master Suite Gold
OUT OF ALL THE ROOMS IN THE HOME, THE MASTER SUITE demands the aura of sanctuary above all others. But creating such an escape doesn’t mean that technology must be relegated to the basement home theater or outdoor music system. Instead, the owners of this award-winning master suite—a couple that also lives in a luxury […]Get the Guide
10 Years of HOTY: The More Things Change the More they Stay the Same
TEN YEARS AGO, we conceived the idea of honoring home systems integration firms for their stellar smart home projects. As was the industry back then, the awards-program started out small, with most companies submitting information about and photos of home theaters. Very few homes with comprehensive control and automation systems ended up in my inbox. […]Get the Guide
Vivint Security Puts WiFi Camera at the Front Door
The new option allows users to tap into Vivint security from anywhere in the world.
The new option allows users to tap into Vivint security from anywhere in the world.Get the Guide