Smart Home Technology

Regardless of where you are in life, it’s always a bit painful to open up your home utility bills at the end of each month. After all, the larger the home, the more expensive it is to heat, cool and light a place. Fortunately, smart home technology has come a long way in the last couple of years. Now homes can be remotely controlled and monitored from nearly any location. The main benefit of smart home technology is convenience—in more ways than one.

Smart Home Technology

Smart Home Technology

Home Automation

Home automation provides a convenient, seemingly effortless means of modern living. Different household appliances, lights, thermostats, door locks, etc. can be accessed via a central command system. A user can then access everything on an app. It means no more worrying about forgetting to turn down the thermostat or turn off lights when you leave the house. Whether you are just across town or thousands of miles away, home automation provides a means to remotely control the inner workings of your home.

Main home automation features include:

  • Lighting Control
  • Temperature Control
  • Outlet Control
  • Lock Control
  • Garage Door Control


It’s astounding how much energy we use and waste every day. The average home spends $2,060 on energy every year. But, to put that into perspective, Americans spend $130 billion on wasted energy annually. Homes today are filled with devices that are ‘energy vampires’, which consume energy, even when they aren’t being used and are simply plugged into an outlet. Devices like your laptop, coffee maker, smartphone and others are accounting for up to 10 percent of your total home utility expenses. Think of all the other things that could be contributing to your increased energy usage.

Luckily, reducing your energy consumption doesn’t have to be a painful experience (no matter how beneficial it may be to your wallet). A great solution to going green and saving is through a smart home system.

Some smart systems provide a-la-cart options, where items like smart thermostats, automated lighting systems, smart power outlets, etc. can be pieced together. There are also more comprehensive systems that provide numerous home automation components; some even provide remote home monitoring with automation.

Remote home monitoring, an added bonus to any smart home, enables users to remotely monitor their home from any location. It’s worry-reducer since homeowners can know the status of their homes with a simple glance of their smartphone, tablet or computer. Combine this with home automation, and any home is not only more secure but more adapt to today’s mobile, more active lifestyles.

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5 replies
  1. Scott Koehler
    Scott Koehler says:

    Great time to be a designer Patricia! Especially kitchen design with so much that’s new and exciting these days. Great post.

  2. E. Blank
    E. Blank says:

    I agree that upgrading to install some smart home technology is a win win. You can save money, be more energy efficient, and it’s handy! Do you have a favorite smart home product? There are so many out there and new apps/products being created it seems like every day.

    • Patricia Davis Brown
      Patricia Davis Brown says:

      Hello, I love SMART technology only if it simplifies my life. If it adds friction to my world it’s not something I would recommend. I think manufacturers are getting better about making technology easier to use and certainly, our phone devices have trained us all on how to use technology. As long as the smart technology uses those devices to access it should be a short learning curve.

    • Patricia Davis Brown
      Patricia Davis Brown says:

      I love “SMART” technology and smart technology is the ones that make life easier not harder. For instance, if a home automation system is so complicated it’s of no use to most people. Technology needs to work easily through smart devices which most of us have been trained to use efficiently, then it is a good technology.


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