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Smart Homes And Green Homes: Are They The Same?

Sep 6, 2007
Most of us going into a home automation project have some idea of what it is that we want. However, there is often a big gap between what we want and what can be delivered. There are always new ideas and new technologies delivering a raft of new and different possibilities. It is always wise to work with a professional home automation company to put your project into reality.

There seems to be some degree of interchangeability in using words like smart home and green home. Take for example a news item that surfaced, "Builder pledges green housing". In one sentence the builder is pledging to build all green houses and in another sentence it is stated that they are building smart homes.

The concept of a green home is usually one centered on an energy efficient home. This may involve such things as automated lighting, that turns on automatically when a person enters a room and the light in the room is insufficient for a human to really see, and it turns off when the person leaves the room. Now while something like this is about home automation, it also is about saving energy.

The concept of a smart home has to do with home automation, home networking, remote control, web enabling home systems for access when not on the property, and so on. Some of these ideas can be also included under the concept of a green home in that the automation or remote control can bring about energy efficiencies.

However, there is an aspect of a green home that has very little to do with home automation and that is where incredibly interesting use of products and they way a house is built that requires very little heating/cooling and other energy saving devices. It is almost the unwiring or a home to achieve better results in the home environment.

So when a volume builder talks about building smart homes and green homes it will be interesting to see what is actually meant by such terms? Is it a better designed house so as to not use so much energy to heat and cool it? Is it about including some home automation to save on energy use? I would suggest that conducting a home automation project like this will give better results than a DIY type of project. I have seen people waste so much money and time and still not get the results they wanted because of a DIY project that goes wrong.
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