The Key Benefits Of Smart Home Technology

March 20th, 2023

Smart home technology is also referred to as home automation. Smart home systems and devices are designed to keep your Chico home secure, comfortable, and save you money. Smart homes are controlled by a smart home app on your smartphone. Today’s smart home features are now more affordable than ever for Chico homeowners. 

What Is Home Automation?

Home automation refers to the ability to program and schedule events for devices on your network. It could be time-related such as turning light on or off at certain times of the day. Once you begin to understand the possibilities of home automation you will find many solutions to make your life easier. Control your thermostat, turn on your oven, and see who is at your front door just to name a few. 

Smart Homes are Secure and Convenient

Today's smart security cameras allow you to view what is happening around your Chico home and monitor the front door in real-time, in any location worldwide that has WiFi. With the internet and your smart app, you can open the door to let the kids in after school, unlock the door, let the delivery man place your package inside and lock the door when he is done. Add to that a homeowner's discount of up to 15% depending on the company, it is a money saver all around. 

Smart Homes Save Money And Are Eco-Friendly

Just by installing smart devices in your home to manage devices like thermostats and appliances you can reduce the energy wasted that costs you and has a negative impact on the environment. We have listed some simple devices that will keep your family safe and allow you to manage your home all from a simple app on your smartphone. 

  • Thermostats control the temperature remotely.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detection, including the location of the leak
  • Smart Home Lighting to control lights and cut your electric bill
  • Smart Home hubs and controllers include Alexa and google nest to use voice control to control your devices. 
  • Smart kitchen appliances such as a refrigerator that keeps track of your food and gives you a shopping list. You can even look at the inside from your smartphone to see if you have enough milk before you get home. 

Smart Homes are Eco-Friendly

So how can Smart homes save you money besides your discount on your homeowner's policy? With the installation of smart home products you can save an extra 10% on your power bill states Rebecca Edwards lead safety and tech reporter for Safewise. It may not seem much but if your average electric bill is $180.00 per month, it is a savings of $260.00 per year, almost a month and a half. 

So if you are planning on installing or upgrading your security system, you should think about incorporating smart home technology. A fully integrated smart home will keep your family safe, help you live more and manage less, and will save you money. What could be smarter than that?


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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators