24AUG 2016
Green Smart Homes

Green Smart Homes

At a recent panel discussion on smart homes held at Toronto s Workshop, three of the four panelists had been on TreeHugger before: Janna Levitt, Paul Dowsett and Ted Kesik. Both Ted and Paul showed this image of what they considered to be a really smart house: a wigwam, as built by the Algonquin and Chippewa. And it is surprisingly* really sophisticated: It has an inner structure…

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22AUG 2016
Home automation Garage Door

Home automation Garage Door

In past posts, I have written several entries while working on my connect home. Of the many different services available, I have ended up with the . I have really taken to the Nexia system not only for the ease of setup and low-cost, but also for the availability of compatible accessories. Most compatible products can be found not only on Amazon, but also most “big box” retailers…

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20AUG 2016
Smart Home ideas

Smart Home ideas

A wave of smart home security products is coming to market that promise to make your connected home bionic. Pick an area of interest and there s some hardware that specializes in it. Some have ultra-sensitive hearing, others offer better vision. Many of them can detect things humans—not to mention traditional security systems—just can t. The trouble is that none of the products…

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18AUG 2016
House Smart Home Improvements

House Smart Home Improvements

Built-in aquariums: the amenity that quickly becomes an eyesore. Of all the misfired home improvements that Daniel Fries has observed in his 30 years as a home appraiser, aquariums top his list of 2012 loss leaders—home improvements that offered little to no return on investment. “It’s not a prudent investment, ” deadpans Fries, who is based in Atlanta, GA. The tank’s glass…

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16AUG 2016
Elizabeth Smart House

Elizabeth Smart House

Jurors were riveted as Elizabeth Smart told her story, spending three days on the witness stand. STORY HIGHLIGHTS The kitchen window in the Smart home was left open after her mother burned dinner Brian Mitchell allegedly entered the house through the window, abducted Smart A police officer stopped them at a public library but didn t lift Smart s veil Others didn t follow up…

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14AUG 2016
Automated lighting system for Home

Automated lighting system for Home

But here’s a surprising tidbit. When we asked our customers what’s the one home automation application in their system that they cannot live without, the answer is unilaterally, “lighting. Once you live with smart lighting control, you really can t go back to the “old-fashioned” way. For me, lighting is the application that best showcases the delight and surprise of automation…

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12AUG 2016
Home automation Control Systems

Home automation Control Systems

Vera puts the convenience, freedom and peace of mind that a smart home provides, right in the palm of your hand. From any smartphone, tablet or computer, you can view and manage your home from the comfort of your couch, or from anywhere in the world. Vera allows your home technology work for you, not the other way around. Simple and secure wireless set up makes things fast…

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10AUG 2016
Smart Home tech

Smart Home tech

The smart-home technology craze began years ago in some parts of the country, but in many other areas, it’s only just begun. If you’re just entering this market, or have yet to do so because you think you don’t have the know-how, fear not – you don’t need to be a technology specialist. But you should become familiar with what’s trending and how you can address your clients’…

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