Using your smarts

Who would have thought 10 years ago that you’d be able to control your home’s thermostat, lights and security system using your smartphone?  

Today, everything is connected to the internet. It’s a key component of home automation and smart homes, which feature internal systems that enable the control of heating and lighting, window treatments, water supply and managing things like home entertainment systems and kitchen appliances automatically and remotely via the internet using a device such as a smartphone.

“A truly smart home is not only able to connect, but also “think” on its own,” writes “Leveraging the power of connectivity, a smart home’s potential in enhancing our lives and taking more control over our homes, including in the area of energy efficiency, is truly staggering.”

Smart home technology takes green building a step further by offering permanent and measurable energy efficiency that’s built into or retrofitted to your home. Energy is used where and when it’s needed most, saving the environment without affecting the wallets and comfort of homeowners.

Making a home smart and energy efficient is easy on a new build where the property can be designed and wired with energy efficiency in mind. While pre-existing homes can be a little trickier, there are a number of retrofit smart technologies on the market that allow homeowners to manage their homes in an eco-friendly manner.

Smart homes combine technology and design. “In building and designing a smart home, environmental considerations come first, and all technologies and materials have the purpose of making the house as green and energy efficient as possible,” according to

So, how smart is your home?