6 ways a smart home can improve your life

Technology makes life at home more comfortable, safer

Technological advancements have made life easier. Suddenly, you can turn off lights, lock doors and more through voice commands or mobile apps. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, smart home technologies also contribute to the smooth and efficient functioning of our electric grid.

Click on the images below to get six additional ways a smart home can improve your life:

Save money on energy bills

Control your home's AC, lighting or other appliances while away. If you are on a Time-of-Day Price Plan, you can change settings to run at a time when power is available at a lower cost.

Easily secure your home

Lock and unlock your doors from anywhere, control and automate your lights, trigger an alarm to ring if there's unwanted motion or entry, and get immediate alerts if doors or windows open unexpectedly.

Spot a leak sooner

Get notified the moment excess water is detected where it doesn't belong. And by notifying you of the problem, you can address the issue to prevent it from costing a fortune.

Lock and unlock doors

In a smart home, your door automatically unlocks when you approach, and locks behind you when you leave.

Automate lights

Smart lights can save you money and secure your home by automatically reacting to your daily routines and preferences. You can set your lights to turn on when you're away to make it look like someone is home or turn off automatically when you leave the house.

Stay connected and protect your family

Know when kids come home from school each day, when cars arrive in the driveway, or when pets unexpectedly leave the house. You can also monitor and secure dangerous and off-limit areas with sensors.

Looking to geek-out your home?

Unsure of where to start? Click on the icons below to learn about the latest, most popular gadgets available from major retailers.


Thermostats that are controlled by a smartphone or tablet and automatically by learning your habits.


Lighting that turns on or off, changes color, dims or brightens. It is controlled by you and automatically adjusts when you're at home or away, the time of day or even your mood.

Home monitoring/ automation

Home monitoring includes cameras, motion and leak sensors.

Home automation devices allow you to wirelessly stream music, get the weather, control lights or create shopping lists.

Garage doors

Garage doors can be opened and closed from your smartphone.

Smart locks on doors

Lock and unlock doors or create temporary keys for visitors.

Secure doorbells

Doorbells with video cameras to show you who is knocking.

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