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“Wait & See” About New Innovations

solar-panels It’s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest gadgetry, especially when it comes to inventions that promise to make our homes safer or more efficient. One of the biggest crazes of the past five years has been the move toward home automation, or the ability to have lighting, heating, home security and other systems work together and often be controlled remotely. Our customers with Home Pro-Electric have taken an interest in these sorts of devices in recent years as pricing has gone down and a greater variety of options have come onto the market. Most all home automation devices and systems from Lutron and Cooper are close to plug-in ready, though some initial setup is required and there can be differing digital platforms used for communication, so it’s best to do some research before making a purchase so you can be confident that – for example – your Nest smart thermostat can play nice with your lighting or security apparatuses. For some basic info, check this article from PC World. Another innovation in the home electric world that we’re asked about quite often is the falling price of solar as an energy option. While prices for the equipment are falling, at Home Pro-Electric we’re taking a “wait and see” approach instead of advising customers to aggressively switch to solar panels. The main concern with solar is that the possibility of excess energy getting sold back into the government energy grid creates potential problems for the homeowner that can wipe out some of the advantages solar provides. There’s no doubt that solar energy technology is getting more efficient and prices will continue to fall, but it’s often a smart move to not rush out to be the first adopter and we’re confident that the smart move is to move slowly just to be safe.

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