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Home automation lets you control, monitor your home from your smart phone

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Bella Overton is saving 60 percent on her energy bills. Bella Overton is saving 60 percent on her energy bills.

According to a recent study by ABI Research, 90 million homes will be automated around the world by 2017. One Lubbock resident says she's already saving $400/month on her energy bill.

Bella Overton's home in north Lubbock uses home automation. She can control everything from air conditioning, to security control, to almost every aspect of life including her coffee pot. She says she saves roughly 60 percent on bills this time of year.

"I have saved this time of year compared to last year about $3 to $500 dollars in monthly savings on energy cost," Overton said.

Over the next five years, ABI Research claims that residents will start installing some sort of home automation at a growth rate of 60 percent.

From energy management to security control, home automation is moving into the mainstream and meeting the demand for increased connectivity between home and life. For example, Ysabell Overton from Lubbock, TX uses her home automation to monitor nearly every aspect of her home via her smartphone, including the following:

• Check her security cameras

• Lock/unlock her doors to control access to her home

• Adjust her Smart Thermostat to control energy costs

• View live video feeds

• Use appliance modules to control lighting

• Receive alerts via email/text message (i.e. unexpected activity, open doors, etc.)

The best part about the growth in home automation is the price. Today, a smart home is not reserved for the elite, but can fit nearly any income level and is often equated to the price of owning an iPhone.

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