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Smart Home Automation

Smart Home Automation

Review of Lowes Iris Smart Home automation has grown exponentially in recent years with both its capability and accessibility on the market.  I have been using Lowes Iris for the past 2+ years with mixed results which I’ll share, in detail, below. Before we get into what Smart Home automation IS today, let’s take a look at what it COULD BE. Imagine a home with roof-mounted solar panels, an underground rainwater storage tank, small wind turbine, and battery bank capable…

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Smart Home Energy Storage

Smart Home Energy Storage

One of the biggest challenges and most costly components of our experiment was the smart home energy storage. For a home to truly be “smart”, it needs the capability of generating renewable energy and reducing its dependency on the grid.  Because renewable energy can be heavily dependent on the sun and wind, you’ll need some storage capacity to help you balance energy supply and demand. There are several ways that energy can be stored:  elevated weights (Ex:  A water tower);…

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Smart Home Experiment

Smart Home Experiment

This summer (2014), I decided to conduct a smart home experiment with my 4 boys and some of their friends in the school robotics club. During the past several years, I’ve watched technology make significant strides in renewable energy, programmable thermostats, energy-efficient light bulbs, and many other amazing products.  But that being said, there haven’t been too many advancements in tying all of these technologies into one system that can efficiently work together. Our goal for the smart home experiment…

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