I love my Google account. No matter where I am, I have access to my mail, calendar, documents, pictures and news. The free tools (Analytics, Webmaster, Places, Maps…) have been invaluable in my job as DC Home Systems webmaster. So, when I read a recent blog about ‘Google PowerMeter’ my curiosity was piqued. Google offers a free web based energy monitoring tool. The site displays your energy consumption and related costs and allows you to view the data in a day, week or monthly view. The program will calculate a projection of future consumption based on current [...]
Adjusting the lights in your home through programmed controls is becoming more and more desirable, not only for the convenience but also for reducing energy consumption and costs. This technology is more widely available than ever before. Thanks to recent product innovations, retrofitting your current lighting to controllable lighting is as easy as replacing a light switch. You can choose to replace one switch or have as many as 200 switches programmed on to the system. Start with just a single room or area and expand the system to the most logical spaces. The right dimmers, switches and keypads talk wirelessly to a central [...]
Automated and motorized window treatments will enhance your control of energy costs both in winter and summer. In winter, shades that automatically lower at dark will block heat from leaving your home. Conversely, in the summertime, shades that automatically lower during peak sunshine will prevent heat from coming in your home and straining your air conditioner. Fabrics come in an excellent variety of styles and colors. You need a certified professional to properly design, measure and install the ideal treatment for your home. Additionally, if you have a lutron or litetouch lighting control system, you can most [...]
I am excited to report that today I have seen an application of our home automation technology being put to use in caring for our elderly. I have have been noodling the concept for a few years and was pleased to find a company that has developed an engineered and scalable solution. The core concept is to install sensors that can monitor the key activities of a loved one like: movement in the home, opening and closing of doors and medicine cabinets, flushing of toilets, use of a vehicle, etc.. These sensors are tied to a processor [...]
New technologies allow you to use your iPhone as a house wide remote control. Simply tap the screen to select movies, music and TV in any room or adjust volume, light levels and room temperature with just a touch. Using the home Wi-Fi network locally or the powerful 3G and EDGE networks remotely, total control is always at your fingertips. What apps would you like to have for your home audio, video, lighting control or other home systems?