Think about all the things that you repetitively do in your home on a regular basis. You wake up, drink coffee, feed the dog, turn the lights on and off, lock and unlock the door, etc. All of these things are things that we do everyday and on a particular schedule. All of these things are also tasks that can be easily accomplished by way of home automation. If it is a task that you repetitively do everyday, you can more than likely automate your home to do it.
The sky is truly the limit when it comes to automating your home, however, it all depends on your limitations with budget, the amount of time you want to invest, and what exactly you want to automate. You can buy certain systems that will only automate one electrical device in your home, such as a thermostat, or you can get more advanced systems that help you control all electrical aspects of your home.
To get started, you can look into simple tools that are used to automate certain things and look into using them in other aspects of your home. For example, you can use a timer that you use to turn your Christmas lights on and off in the kitchen to time your coffee pot to brew a pot of coffee as soon as you wake up in the morning without having to do it yourself. Once you buy automated tools like this, you can begin adding them into your other automated home systems as you get them, if you are working around a particular budget.
The Belkin WeMo is also a very simple device that will allow you to control so many aspects of your home by the touch of a button. This universal remote control device connects to your Wi-Fi and you control electronic devices from any of your Apple iOS devices–whether it is an iPod, iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer or laptop. You simply plug in the Belkin WeMo to an outlet, download the app to your iOS device, and the sky is the limit for home automation. You can set up timers, or control electronic devices from another room, or even when you are not at home. You can even set up a feature that will text you or alert you when a device is turned off or on.
Other systems similar to the Belkin WeMo also hook up to your tablet and mobile devices and allow you to automate certain things in your home. The Z-Wave is a home system that helps automate lights, has motion sensors, and other features to help control security and allow you to feel safer at home.
The number of ways to automate your home is limitless, and it truly depends on what exactly you want to have automated. To view a general rundown of home automation, visit Life Hacker.