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Eco-friendly house uses technology to conserve energy

on Wednesday,September 22,2010 22:09

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A recent trend among environmentally conscious celebrities is to install energy-saving technologies into their homes. However, a smart house that automatically controls lighting, digital art and security may be available to non-celebrity homeowners as well.

Smart homes rely on networking, programming and automation to connect all the devices and appliances in a house so they can communicate with each other. Systems can turn on a coffee maker in the morning, adjust the temperature of a heated pool or control the time landscape lighting goes on at night, all of which can save energy.

In recognition of excellence in design, John Davies of Marrokal Design and Remodeling recently won Contractor of the Year Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for a home remodel in San Diego that featured a centralized computer system.

The Marrokal Design and Remodeling project began as a one-story Spanish-style home built in the 1970s. The homeowners purchased two smaller adjacent lots to create an estate-like setting in San Diego's Presidio neighborhood. To more easily operate all the electronics in the remodeled 4,500-square-foot residence, the homeowners opted to incorporate a smart house system using components from a variety of home automation companies.

The system allows the owners to monitor and control lighting, sound, heating and air conditioning, sunshades, and more from remote locations.

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