9 Cool Home Technology Trends
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What is an electronic systems contractor, or ESC, you ask? An ESC is an individual or company specially trained to provide design, integration, installation and field maintenance of low-voltage electronic systems for the home.
These technicians can help you do a variety of things, from setting up a house-wide wi-fi network, to installing a home theater, to creating a comprehensive system that allows a homeowner to monitor energy consumption, control lighting, heating, cooling, security and other systems from a single integrated touchscreen.
To find a certified electronic systems contractor in your area, go to CEDIA's database
What would happen if you could see how much energy you were using throughout the day? In the project shown here, SoundVision created feedback systems that study — in real time — how daily habits affect the home's energy consumption. The house integrates renewable energy, energy conservation and home resource monitoring. A 12-kilowat photovoltaic system is the home's primary source of energy; it feeds electricity back to the local power grid during peak generation periods. It also uses a timer so that the hot water heater isn't busy heating water in the middle of the night when it isn't needed. Image Source: SoundVision, Novato, Calif.