Entries by livesmart

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Smart Energy Solutions for the Holidays

Temperature Control As the summer turns to fall in southern California, demand changes in our household  energy usage.  The Santa Ana winds may actually invoke our AC usage more to avoid opening up windows to the smoky air. We may also start selectively using the heat a little. Soon, however, we’ll use it more frequently and then winter will be here. Which means […]

How Home Automation Preserves Independence

As we age, we need and do things to help us stay independent. This includes making our homes safer and smarter.  These very same things can help our loved ones feel better about our independence too. Let There Be Light As a starter, a few smart light switches in, and around, the home will both keep it bright for […]

Stay Cool – Save Money

A reminder that with the current heat in Southern California, staying cool while saving money is more important than ever.  A simple starter system gets you the ability to control your thermostat remotely so that your home is cooling down before you get home.  And…if your plans change, you can adjust that thermostat while “on […]

Cool the House Automatically

Our focus on energy savings continues with a nifty idea to have fans come on automatically based on the environment.  Here’s how it works:  We simply monitor the outside temperature (based on your zip code) and your inside temperature (based on the thermostat).  When the outside temp drops below the inside temp, the fan comes […]

Beat The Heat

Summer is here and it’s getting hot.  You want your home cool when you’re there but don’t want to spend extra dollars to keep it that way when you’re not.  Adding a “smart thermostat” to your home is easy and will start saving you money right away.  Coming home on a hot day?  Just set […]