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Below you'll find a list of all posts that have been categorized as "Home Automation"

Income Property: Tips for Renting Out Part of Your Home or a Seasonal Property

Income Property: Tips for Renting Out Part of Your Home or a Seasonal Property

One of the benefits of owning property is having the ability to turn it into a source of supplemental income through renting it out to others. Whether you're renting out part of your home or taking on a tenant for a seasonal property, below are some important things to remember in order to ensure a win-win situation for all parties.…

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Is Your Home Automation System Missing This All-Important Piece?

Is Your Home Automation System Missing This All-Important Piece?

Converting your home to a smart home carries dozens of advantages including increased convenience, decreased energy costs, and a far more efficient lifestyle. While it’s hard to argue with the benefits of having cool technical gadgets to do many of life’s mundane tasks for you, be mindful that the “Internet of Things” will only be useful if those things are…

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Home Automation Mistakes That Could Be Costing You Money

Home Automation Mistakes That Could Be Costing You Money

So you’ve taken some steps to turn your home into a “smart” home, huh? That’s not a bad idea at all, especially when you consider how much more convenient it is to automate the humdrum tasks of daily life, such as setting (and re-setting) the thermostat, turning the lights on and off during the day, and locking all the doors…

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Bluetooth Locks Use Your Smartphone as a Key

Bluetooth Locks Use Your Smartphone as a Key

Picture this: Your Prius is packed to the gills with food to fill your empty refrigerator. You pull into the driveway but instead of calling your kids for help, you allow yourself a quick workout. As you wrestle up every grocery bag from the car, you stumble your way to the front door, gasping for air as the weight from…

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The Thing About Home Automation That Everyone’s Getting Wrong

The Thing About Home Automation That Everyone’s Getting Wrong

The Internet of Things has emerged in full force, and if you've been following this burgeoning trend, you're probably well aware of the tsunami of smart home automation products that have been released onto the market. From smart home theater systems and thermostats to intelligent door locks and light switches, the promise of increased ease of use and unbeatable convenience…

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“BeHome” for the Holidays: How to Keep Energy Costs Down and Your Home Secure While You Travel

“BeHome” for the Holidays: How to Keep Energy Costs Down and Your Home Secure While You Travel

The holiday season is in full swing, and for many people that means traveling out of town to visit family and friends in distant places. One of the things that can put a slight damper on your holiday travel is having to think about how to keep your home safe and your energy costs down while you're not there. You…

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Winter is Coming – Is a Smart Thermostat Really Worth It?

Winter is Coming – Is a Smart Thermostat Really Worth It?

Smart home appliances have become all the rage, partly because they offer you tons of convenience, and partly because they're just plain cool. They can also save you quite a bit of money as well, since you can better control how and when your appliances are being used. Many consumers have been drawn to smart thermostats as a way to…

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Take Your Home Automation Up a Notch with These Products

Take Your Home Automation Up a Notch with These Products

So you've already started the process of converting your home to "smart home" status, and no doubt you're enjoying some of the conveniences of home automation technology. Why not take it up a notch by adding a few more devices to complement what you already have? Below are three indispensable home automation products that would make great additions to your…

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3 Things to Consider Before Making Your Home a Smart Home

3 Things to Consider Before Making Your Home a Smart Home

Home automation is one of the most exciting aspects of the Internet of Things. Over the past couple of years, all kinds of innovative gadgets designed for use in smart homes have been hitting the shelves in record numbers, a clear sign that consumer demand for home automation products continues to rise. With all the excitement surrounding this new arena…

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Wake-Up Call – How to Use Home Automation to Help You Get out of Bed in the Morning

Wake-Up Call – How to Use Home Automation to Help You Get out of Bed in the Morning

Have you ever had one of those mornings where it felt like your bed was a gigantic magnet, holding you hostage underneath those warm and comfortable covers? Try as you might, there are simply some mornings where the task of getting out of bed can seem to be more demanding than running a marathon. On those kinds of days, wouldn't it…

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The Future is Now – Trends in Home Automation

The Future is Now – Trends in Home Automation

The home automation industry has absolutely exploded in popularity over the past few years, and new smart home products continue to debut on the market in rapid-fire fashion. The convergence of important industry factors such as lower hardware costs, increased cloud computing power and higher bandwidth availability have created a "perfect storm" for continued innovations in the arena of smart…

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3 Ways Your Home’s Using Energy That You Don’t Know About

3 Ways Your Home’s Using Energy That You Don’t Know About

If you're like most people, you're probably looking for any way you can to save money on your monthly expenses, especially in light of today's uncertain economic climate. This means that you'll have to put on your detective hat and begin looking for clues as to where you might be experiencing financial leakage on a regular basis. One of the…

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