5 Easy Ways to Save Energy:

5 Easy Ways to Save Energy

Posted June 5, 2014

Conserving energy at home shouldn’t require you to sacrifice comfort or make you feel deprived. Smart energy conservation shouldn’t require a change of routine or lifestyle or create a lot of extra work. With an automation system at the helm of your house, you don’t need to be uncomfortable or inconvenienced to conserve energy, as the system is able to operate the lights, thermostats, and other power-hungry devices with the utmost efficiency. The system empowers you to easily shave money off your monthly utility bill. Here are five ways an automation system can foster energy efficiency:

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5 Need-To-Knows: Designing Your Smart Home:

5 Need-To-Knows: Designing Your Smart Home

Posted June 4, 2014

Imagine waking up in the morning, not to the glaring blare of an alarm clock, but to your favorite song streaming through speakers in the ceiling, as your blinds slowly open to reveal the morning sun. Touch one button by your bed and the lights in the hallway turn on so you can safely navigate to the kitchen where the TV is already tuned into your favorite morning news program. As you race out the door for work, smile as everything powers down—the lights, the TVs, the audio—even the thermostat dials back to a more energy-effi cient setting. The alarm arms, the garage door closes and every door in the house gets locked. Automatically.

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It's an "Auto-Magic" Show:

It's an "Auto-Magic" Show

Posted June 3, 2014

Thanks to Control4 home automation, this "Little Houdini" is able to entertain with a little "automagic." With his special wand (and dad's helpful iPad), he can control the lights & blinds, and even attempts to turn his newfound powers on his sister!

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What do today’s teens want? Smart homes.:

What do today’s teens want? Smart homes.

Posted May 29, 2014

When I was a 17-year-old I couldn’t tell you the difference between HTML and Java but Matthew Lieberman started honing his home automation tech skills at the tender age of 15. Electronic House recently documented how Matthew worked with a professional Control4 dealer, Home Technology Experts, Southampton, New York, to design his family’s smart home from the ground up. Now, this technically gifted youngster spends his free time automating his parent’s 4,000-square-foot Hamptons home. From creating voice greetings to integrating music into the system, Matthew has tweaked just about every part of his parent’s home automation system.

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Do You Need a Connected Home?:

Do You Need a Connected Home?

Posted May 28, 2014

Control4 CEO Martin Plaehn answers this question and more on Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop.” Martin provides insight into the reasons why customers need and want to be connected and why having a seamless, singular – and secure - solution to control things is becoming a critical issue for people. “All of our lives are connected today…why not make them work together rather than colliding with one another?” suggests Martin. "That’s what Control4 does. We bring them together so they behave as an orchestra, not separate instruments.” Martin also covers security questions and interoperability with Apple and Android devices, as well as the evolving smart lighting market.

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Home Automation For All:

Home Automation For All

Posted May 27, 2014

For many years, the idea of home automation has been regarded as a playground for only the wealthiest, or a work of science fiction. The reality is that, up until recently, the cost of these systems did indeed make them unattainable to most. Enter Control4, automation for the rest of us!

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Outdoor Entertaining: Our Top 5 List:

Outdoor Entertaining: Our Top 5 List

Posted May 23, 2014

Memorial Day weekend here in the US is pretty much the official start of summer for most of us. We take this three-day weekend to start a sun-filled summer of picnics, golf, camping, fishing, beach visits, outdoor barbecues and, if you’re lucky, a lot of lounging by the pool. We thought we’d kick off the summer season by highlighting a few of our favorite automated outdoor spaces.

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2020 Alton Road: The Greenest Home in South Florida:

2020 Alton Road: The Greenest Home in South Florida

Posted May 21, 2014

This award-winning home in Miami, Florida earned the highest-scoring LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) rating in the nation. A Net-Zero home that uses materials and technology, including a Control4 home automation system to manage all of the home’s energy-saving systems, the Alton 2020 residence actually generates enough energy to support the needs of the entire 3,200-square-foot-home – and gives some back to the grid. Even better, the homeowners can relax in the lap of luxury, enjoying all the benefits of a fully-automated smart home, which also happens to be one of the greenest homes in the world.

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Top 5 Ways to Pamper Your Pets With Home Automation:

Top 5 Ways to Pamper Your Pets With Home Automation

Posted May 20, 2014

In honor of National Pet Month, we thought we would share some of our favorite stories about how pet lovers use home automation to protect, entertain, soothe and care for their favorite furry, feathered and scaly friends.

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Home Automation Troubleshooting for Dummies:

Home Automation Troubleshooting for Dummies

Posted May 15, 2014

I am not a technical person. Nor is my hubby. I’m lucky that my sister used to be an “IT guy” in a previous life and is able to help me set up everything from my PS4 to my wireless network. Every so often, though, I have to troubleshoot electronics on my own, and that includes my home automation system. I’m starting to figure out a few of the basics for troubleshooting by talking not only to my sister but also to others who have Control4 home automation. It turns out that we sometimes blame Control4 products for some mysterious issue when, in fact, it was something else that deserved the blame—the wireless network, a defective TV, satellite service issues, etc. Sometimes it was even operator error (yep, that means me!). Here are a few real-life experiences that might help you get your system back on track.

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Smart Homes with Bob Guiney:

Smart Homes with Bob Guiney

Posted May 14, 2014

Bob Guiney, former HGTV host and popular Bachelor from the reality TV series (who happens to be one of my personal favorites), recently discussed the evolution of the smart home on a number of local news stations nationwide. In case you missed the conversation on your local news, here’s a video where Bob discusses networking gear that keeps you up and running even when storms or emergencies cut power – and your internet connection, smart tint on windows that offers privacy and functionality, and, of course, Control4 home automation solutions.

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Old Meets New: How an Old Lighting Control System Evolved to a Complete Control4 Automation System:

Old Meets New: How an Old Lighting Control System Evolved to a Complete Control4 Automation System

Posted May 13, 2014

In my last article, "Smart Moms Need Smart Homes," I wrote about moms and their vital importance in helping to embrace and define technology in the home to make things easier for the family. As a mom myself, and someone who does this for my own home, I can tell you how empowering it is to have more control in the home. Power I do not need to exert...I simply push a button!

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Smart Moms Need Smart Homes:

Smart Moms Need Smart Homes

Posted May 9, 2014

Perhaps you've seen the latest "gotcha video", created for American Greetings, that has gone viral around the Internet. It's about a company called Rehtom Inc. that is looking for a job candidate to fill their position, Director of Operations. Here are the main responsibilities listed on the job description…

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Winning Over Mom with Simple Home Automation:

Winning Over Mom with Simple Home Automation

Posted May 7, 2014

As moms, we have to be great at compromising but we all know that when “mama’s happy, everybody’s happy.” When a tech-wary mom in Tampa, Florida, was confronted with her AV geek husband and son’s dreams for a high-tech automation system, she was skeptical to say the least. Her fear that their whole-home audio system, off-the-hook home theater and high-fidelity gaming systems would ruin the lovely redesign of their home and, even worse, would be impossible for her to manage, were quickly put to rest – thanks to Control4 and Hoppen Home Systems.

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Hola Mis Amigos!:

Hola Mis Amigos!

Posted May 5, 2014

Cinco de Mayo is upon us once again. We turn our thoughts to Mexico and celebrate with our neighbors to the south. For many of us this day is an excuse to crack open that bottle of Don Julio Reposado we were saving for just such an occasion. For others, it is time to throw the ultimate Cinco de Mayo party. In either case, Control4 is there to help you, well maybe not with the Don Julio, but certainly with throwing that ultimate Control4 Cinco de Mayo party.

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Automated Garage for Prized Cars and Motorcycles:

Automated Garage for Prized Cars and Motorcycles

Posted May 2, 2014

For a bachelor with a penchant for fancy sports cars and sport bikes, what could be more ideal than a dedicated storage area in the basement for his prized possessions? An automated elevator, of course. The elevator lets him easily lift the cars up to the main floor where he can show them off before returning them to their safe haven – all with the push of a button. The Control4 automation system goes beyond the auto show, of course. The entire home is designed to entertain with whole-house audio and dedicated lighting scenes that give the parties as much horsepower as the vehicles downstairs.

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The Integrated Home:

The Integrated Home

Posted May 1, 2014

We’re often approached by customers who already have a sophisticated system in place, but would love to embrace the newest technology and integrate it into their homes. With the expertise of a custom installer, we’re able to integrate new technology while keeping components of the already existing system. Not only does the customer have the comfort of not having to replace all of their individual components, they also get the simplicity of using the newest technology in their home.

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The Internet of Things: What does it all mean? [INFOGRAPHIC]:

The Internet of Things: What does it all mean? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted April 30, 2014

Every time I turn on the TV or check my news feed online, I am bombarded with conversations about the Internet of Things, the smart or connected home, home automation and home control. But what does it all mean and how does it fit together? What is the “Internet of Things”? What does it mean to have a “Connected Home” vs. a “Smart Home”? What is automation vs. control? As experts in the field for the past decade, we’ll try to make some sense out of this new vocabulary that is increasingly part of our everyday conversations.

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Tips for Energy Management [INFOGRAPHIC]:

Tips for Energy Management [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted April 24, 2014

Who says it’s not easy being green? With Earth Day this week, we thought we’d compile a few tips and tricks on how you can use home automation to help manage energy use in your house. Check out these 10 easy ways Control4 technology can help you save energy…and the environment.

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Is This the World’s Greenest Home?:

Is This the World’s Greenest Home?

Posted April 22, 2014

In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to highlight this beautiful and amazingly green California home, which uses sustainable and regenerative materials plus a high-tech home automation system from Control4 to maximize energy efficiency. The homeowners wanted to debunk three myths in green home building: (1) Green homes are ugly, concrete boxes, (2) Green homes are twice as expensive as a standard home, and (3) Living in a green home requires you to fundamentally change your lifestyle.

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Spring Chickens:

Spring Chickens

Posted April 21, 2014

With Easter Sunday just behind us and ads everywhere for chicks, I seem to have eggs on the brain. So it was kind of a surprise when I overhead a co-worker talking about his automated chicken coop. Say what? I’ve heard of people automating some weird things over the past years – flushing toilets, animatronic Disney characters, and something called “50 Shades of Grey” which I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know anything about.

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Protect and Serve: Automation and Security Are the Perfect Pairing For Many Households:

Protect and Serve: Automation and Security Are the Perfect Pairing For Many Households

Posted April 16, 2014

See how a family-focused automation system provides peace of mind and simplicity of lifestyle in this featured project spotlight: Whole Home Automation—All in the Family.

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Tech’s in the Mail: The Top Five Smart Gadgets to Get With Your Tax Refund:

Tech’s in the Mail: The Top Five Smart Gadgets to Get With Your Tax Refund

Posted April 15, 2014

“In this modern world,” Benjamin Franklin might have said were he alive today, “nothing is certain but tech and taxes.” Indeed, technology helps us figure, file, and - grudgingly - pay our taxes. But technology can make getting a refund quicker and easier, too. If you’re expecting a refund, you might be tempted to use that extra cash to buy a newer model smartphone or tablet. (Yawn…) Here’s a better idea. Rather than swapping one perfectly good device for another slightly newer one, make a genuine upgrade in your life by replacing some of the dumb items in your home with smart devices that’ll make your home more convenient, more comfortable, and more fun to live in. Here’s a quick rundown of five of the top smart-tech home improvements you should consider buying with your tax refund (or any other money, for that matter).

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Designer Insights: How Home Automation Can Benefit the Interior Designer:

Designer Insights: How Home Automation Can Benefit the Interior Designer

Posted April 14, 2014

Q. When starting a new design project, to what extent should designers consider home automation? A. Professional designers take great pride in the aesthetics that make up a beautiful home. So it is really important that they take into consideration home automation to avoid the use of clunky electronic devices and wall clutter. Many designers may not be aware of what options are available, but home automation is really something that could improve their design process...

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How Smart Is Your Home?:

How Smart Is Your Home?

Posted April 10, 2014

That’s the question the popular review site Angie’s List asked in a recent article about the proliferation of smart home technology. The answer? Your home can be as smart as you want it to be, and if you want to keep up with the Joneses (or the Jetsons), you should start considering automation technology as a “must-have” for your home... Angie’s List notes that industry leaders are saying that now is the time to get on the home automation bandwagon. “There is massive interest in home automation,” says Dave Pedigo, senior director of learning and emerging trends for the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association, based in Indianapolis. “We are at the tipping point for the automated home, and that growth over the next decade will be exponentially larger year over year.”

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