Home of the future, today

| by Marla Esser Cloos
Home of the future, today

Confession of a girl geek at heart - I grew up watching the Jetsons and loved it.  It was so fun to dream about how life would be with even some of the “futuristic” gadgets and gizmos that made home life so convenient, efficient and fun.  Guess what?  That “home of the future,” the home of the Jetsons, is here now.  A home where the lights turn on as you approach your driveway, the temperature in your home is just right when you get home thanks to the automatic thermostat, and your coffee is  hot and steaming when you get up. We are even starting to see refrigerators that let us know when we run out of milk and dishwashers that run when electricity is the least costly.

Home automation offers convenience in our homes today and contributes to green and sustainable design principles.  Adding home technology to green and efficient design concepts helps to maximize the benefit of the total systems of the home.  For instance, coupling lighting technology and controls with daylighting and automated blinds and curtains manages light and heat for optimum comfort and maximum light where and when it is needed.  Communicating thermostats and controls with temperature and humidity sensors offer an excellent solution for a comfortable indoor environment that takes advantage of the energy-efficiency of the systems in the home.

Todays’ control systems combined with sensors and monitoring may also offer independence to a person living on their own while offering family and friends the peace of mind.  Home technology not only helps optimize how a home performs, the Internet of Things may be the path to a new era of safety and independence for people living alone.   
The home of the future is here today.  This mix of home technology and automation can enable us to live safely and comfortably in our homes while maximizing energy, cost savings, and convenience.  

For more about Home Technology and Automation, email me for a link to my article Home Technology in Green Design recently published in a national magazine.

To read more about my own experience with home technology and automation, check out my past blog on HomeNav Have you Heard of the Nest?

For tips, tricks, and guidelines to making your home and lifestyle GREEN, visit me, The Green Home Coach, at www.HomeNav.com.  I work with consumers, especially women, and the home building industry to help each get the value of a home through the language of benefits.  Give me a call at 877-828-1827 or drop me a line at Marla@HomeNav.com.

Topics: Building Green, Going Green

Marla Esser Cloos
Marla inspires and educates about what makes a green home green and how to do it – a bit at a time or all at once. Her work creating an online owners’ manual for green and greener homes, HomeNav.com, and work in national and local businesses, groups and associations, provides her a unique perspective to help people realize the true values of green homes as safer, healthier and more comfortable homes. Marla founded and co-hosts the Green Gab Podcast, on iTunes, 2 Guys Talking Podcast Network and GreenHomeCoach.com. She blogs on Green Home Coach and Proud Green Home. Her articles have appeared in Green Home Builder, Building Women and The Healthy Planet and she is the author of Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices to a Better Home from NAHB Builder Books. wwwView Marla Esser Cloos's profile on LinkedIn

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