Featured Installation of the Week- Duprey Home Automation

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This week, Duprey Home Automation was hired for a very interesting and smart  installation. A client contacted us, looking to get into home automation.  He is from the Mid-West, but has a vacation home in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  The client wanted to be able to control several key devices around the home that are large energy hogs.  Since there are some periods of time where the home is unoccupied he would like to be able to remotely turn off the

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Duprey Home Automation at the Home & Remodeling Show, Melbourne FL

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This weekend Feb. 6 & 7th, we will be at the Home & Remodeling Show in Melbourne Florida.

We look forward to meeting you there and discussing what home automation can do for you and your family.
For the occasion, we have produced a new post card explaining what home automation is, and how it can help you both “Be Green” and home as well as “Save Green”.

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Apple iPad will be an Amazing Whole Home Remote for Home Automation

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Ever since rumors of an Apple tablet started many months ago, I have dreamed of a day when we could use one as a remote control to run everything in our house.

Since then we have laid an excellent foundation to allow a mobile, touchscreen device to act as a remote.   We already use Apple products in our home including Airport Expresses and Apple TV’s to stream  music and video wirelessly around the home.   We use iPhones and iPod ...

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Home Automation Can Help Prevent a Disaster at Home

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This one happened to me just this past week.
Ever since I have completed the changeover in my home to smart switches and devices, I have really started to enjoy the use of sensors around the home.  I have already set up several sensors that offer all kinds of information that my computer takes in, and then makes decisions as to which actions to perform.  For example, I have a garage door sensor, that detects if the door has been left ...

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First Video Podcast- Quick Introduction to Insteon Home Automation using iPhone

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We had the idea to create a short video to show you a few of the things that you can do with Insteon Home Automation technology. This video includes using a Nokia touchscreen tablet and an iPhone as an interface to control everything in the home.  We hope this short video gives you some ideas of what can be done.
[youtube]YDThYURUU-c[/youtube] We apologize in advance for the low video quality.  We are definitely not video editors!  Thanks and enjoy!

Can Home Automation Help Parents with Kids?

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Has this ever happened to you? I bet there are more than a few of you out there that can sympathize.
The other night, my wife and I were out late at a Christmas party.  We have a two year old, and anyone with young children knows that sometimes that car ride home is the best thing to get your child to sleep.  When you get home you struggle to get the child out of the car seat, inside the ...

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Taking The First Steps in Home Automation

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Today I’d like to discuss my recommendations for a beginner and how they should get started with home automation.  For the purposes of this blog post, I will assume that Insteon will be the standard of choice.

The first thing I would do is get ready to have some fun!  Setting up your home automation network is an exciting and fun experience. It is addicting when you get a few lights set up, you want to do more and more!
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Getting Started with Home Automation

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In this post I hope to help the person completely new to home automation, learn how to get started.  I believe home automation is truly about to take off as an industry.  More and more people are becoming more comfortable with additional devices, and electronics around the home.  People can see how electronics can help our daily lives, and the next step is controlling the home itself.  Lets take a look at the first steps, in simple terms.
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Use Home Automation to Be Green, and Save Green!

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In this day and age of tough economic times and everyone concerned about “being green”, home automation can help you both be green and save green. There are many ways home automation can be used to save money and be

green. Let’s go over some of them now.
The primary way to be green with home automation is to save energy. This can be accomplished in many ways, but the simplest is with the proper use of lighting. It’s very common ...

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Degrees of Home Automation

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Like most things, there are several degrees of home automation. Today let’s talk about the differences.

1.  Simple lighting control-

For most people starting out in home automation, the initial goal is to be able to control a few lights remotely.  This can be from a wall switch, a keypad or remote control.  This is very simple and easy to do and can be done inexpensively. There are several home automation standards that are capable of this.
2.  Computer management-
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