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Smart HomeThere is a rapidly growing field called home automation that has numerous benefits for people wishing to conserve Earth’s natural resources. Home automation technology first came about in 1975 with a product called X10, which allowed compatible devices to communicate over existing electrical wires. Since then, the technology has been expanding and improving, and many people are now building or converting their existing homes to dwellings referred to as “smart homes” or “green homes.”

What IS a Smart Home?

A smart home is a home that provides all of the comforts we normally have at all times very efficiently and cost-effectively. Home automation systems offer technology that controls things such as lighting, appliances, heat, air conditioning, television, audio and video components, and other compatible components are linked to one another and can be controlled remotely, even if the home owners are on vacation.

The home owner simply uses a phone or the Internet to control the devices within their home from any location around the world. Window coverings can be opened or closed, an irrigation system can be controlled, and lights can be illuminated and extinguished as needed. When people are inside the home, the devices control the lighting, air, and other things according to where they are needed. For instance, a smart home is capable of turning off the light when someone leaves the room or turning on the heat in a room that is occupied. Other capabilities include door handles that open with scanned fingerprints and video door monitoring that provides images of the person at the door as opposed to having to peer through a peek hole.

What are the Benefits of a Smart Home?

In addition to controlling aspects of the home automatically and remotely, many smart homes also monitor and record usage of resources like electricity, gas, and water. This allows home owners to further understand their usage and make necessary adjustments. Many people who own smart homes claim their utility bills are much lower than those of normal homes because they are not using resources when they are not needed.

How Will it Impact Your Family?

For those with small kids, home automation systems can be a huge blessing in lowering your light bill. Kids are often forgetful and will leave lights, fans and other devices on, which can be a huge waste of energy. Home automation systems give you the capability to put timers on lights and fans and automatically turn off appliances. It can regulate the temperature depending on if someone is home or what time of day it is, and it can even notify you if someone accesses the medicine cabinet.

The benefits of a smart home for elderly people who live alone are tremendous, providing much-needed safety features, such as a gas stove or faucet that automatically turns off. Monitoring of the elderly person’s home is available for older children who may want to control appliances, lighting, and other devices remotely, keeping their loved-one safe.


Jennie is a blogger, DIY enthusiast and self-described,”tech fanatic.” Away from work she enjoys decorating mugs, making holiday greeting cards and engaging in other crafts with her two young children.


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