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Top 2014 home improvement trends: smart homes and home automation


Top 2014 home improvement trends: smart homes and home automation

Top 2014 home improvement trends: smart homes and home automation
News from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

(BPT) – From smartphones to smart cars, technology is transforming virtually every aspect of our busy lives. Technologies not only make life easier while on the go, but new options are quickly simplifying life at home as well. Home automation is proving to be a top home improvement trend, making the Jetsons’ futuristic lifestyle more realistic than ever before.

Some experts are predicting 2014 will be the year of the smart home, but what does that mean to the average homeowner? The term smart home refers to a house with technology and automated features for things like heating, lighting and electronic devices. Automation is becoming the new norm in three main areas of the home.

1. Energy management and environmental impact

A home’s heating, cooling and electrical systems can be enhanced through home automation technologies. Boosting comfort levels, these technologies make it easier than ever to monitor energy and water usage, helping to reduce a family’s environmental footprint as well as their energy bill.

Imagine turning your lights on remotely or adjusting the heat so your home is toasty warm by the time you return from work. Home management systems like the Iris Comfort and Control Kit let you access and adjus…………… continues on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Home Improvement Fraud Alleged in Freemansburg
News from Patch.com:

Wilson borough man took $ 37,000 in payments for house renovations that were never completed, police say.

A Wilson borough man is accused of taking $ 37,000 in payments for a series of renovations to a Freemansburg home that were never actually done, according to police.

Jerry D. Allen, 41, of 2440 Front St., is facing six felony counts—three for home improvement fraud and three more for theft—as a result of his alleged misrepresentations to the house’s owner that the work had been done, according to court papers.

The alleged victim told police that he bought the house in the 200 block of Juniata Street as an investment in September 2011. Two months later, he hired Allen to perform renovations, the arrest warrant says.

The alleged victim told police he made four separate payments—a total of $ 37,000—to Allen based on representations that the work had been done, the affidavit says. But in April 2012, Allen stopped returning the property owner’s telephone calls.

The victim then contacted another person to check on the property and that person informed the victim that the work had not been done, police said.

Allen was arraigned Tuesday, Christmas Eve afternoon, before on-duty District Judge James Narlesky of Hanover Township, and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $ 35,000 b…………… continues on Patch.com

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