Kaledescape’s Cinema One

The Kaleidescape Cinema One is the ultimate movie player! I for one get so tired of trying to figure out where I put a specific DVD or who I loaned it to. But, with the Cinema One you don’t have to worry about such issues. The device allows you to store up to 1,200 DVDs. This eliminates the problem of having to get up, find the DVD, worry about it being scratch, etc. The best part about this piece of technology is just how user friendly it is. There is one remote…yes, our team gets you all set up with just ONE remote. It is extremely easy to browse through your collection and there are so many search options you can explore with. The device allows you to sort through your movies based on length, year, cast, director rating and title. Just wait, it gets better, you can also bookmark epic scenes from movies and the device is so advanced that you can see the soundtrack from the movie and it will play just that scene that you select. Uploading and downloading movies is easy too. If you decide to purchase a movie then you can go to the Kaleidescape store and download movies directly to your system, all while you remain in your seat. The films also include all of the features that a regular DVD disc might include.

This device is one of a kind and it does not disappoint. It makes the perfect holiday gift and it even comes with a special bonus until December 26th. If you buy the Cinema One then you get 50 FREE movies. This is the first time that Kaledescape has done a promotion like this. It is without a doubt an item and a deal that you do not want to miss out on.

Case Grand Opening Debuts with Bethesda Systems Integration

Bethesda Systems celebrated yet another stellar integration project with the Case Design/Remodeling group.

Bethesda Systems project manager Lynn Hopffgarten and the Case team celebrated the grand opening of their newly remodeled and upgraded design showroom, located in Bethesda this past weekend on Saturday afternoon.

Case is the largest and most respected full-service home improvement company in the nation. With a strong demand from other industry professionals, Case began franchising in 1997 and today is the only franchisor of remodeling services in the US. Serving 120 territories through their network of locally owned and operated franchisees and with over 100,000 clients nationwide.

The grand opening featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony in which Bill Millholland, Case Director of Sales, and an attendee snipped the ribbon, kicking off the event. Before the ceremony, Case held a consumer seminar that highlighted various kitchen and bathroom remodeling ideas and projects.

“It was a big hit, people just kept coming!” said Millholland. “Thanks to the added technology Bethesda Systems integrated, I held a second seminar for an additional group utilizing our new Apple TV to stream the presentation wirelessly from my Macbook.”

The showroom now features three new Apple TV and PC compatible screens to display product and project application information for customer review, Control4 lighting control that allows customers to demo custom lighting scenarios, and a Sonos ZP-120 along with six additional speakers allowing background music to be played throughout the studio.

In the two adjoining conference rooms connected to the main design center are Lutron RadioRA2 lighting controls. For lighting, several Juno WarmDim fixtures were installed as well as LED replacements for both conference rooms.

In addition, Bethesda Systems also locked down an efficient wireless network in order to make streaming to design studio devices seamless, and letting sales people work with clients remotely.

Both the seminar and the grand opening brought in over 60 attendees, not including Case members and Bethesda Systems.

“There was a great turnout. The event went great. Their new design center now reflects everything the Case team is capable of doing—whether it is A/V and energy efficient lighting, or new kitchen remodeling,” said Hopffgarten. “They’ve really got it all now, and the Bethesda Systems team is happy to be a part of that.”

Bethesda Systems Reviews Roku vs. AppleTV

Which one should I buy?  We review and compare the Roku  2 XS against the APPLE TV and give our candid opinion on installation experience and features. Our technician Jason recently installed a Roku 2 XS and shared his opinion with us in comparison to installations of the AppleTV unit.

Both are outstanding devices that allow you to add streaming video from several free and pay per view sources on the internet and when combined into a home theater design or installation  you can have a truly screaming custom home cinema experience.

Notes on the Roku 2 XS. 

by Jason Baumann

– It’s just like hooking up an Apple TV2 – which means it only has HDMI out (HDMI to comp converter may be needed for older systems).

– Connects wireless or hard wired to network

– Requires IR from controller for third party control

– When you install the device it requires activation from a computer and you MUST input credit card account info for the Roku to activate. No credit card, no content! So make sure you obtain the following before you set this unit up:

– Full name and Credit card information including security code

– Billing address

– Email address

– 4 digit pin that they would like to use when ordering content

Roku XDS 

– Out of the box expect an update to run and setup time (30min or so)

– The Roku interface is a little harder to use compared to AppleTV

– The Roku is bigger than the AppleTV by almost 50%

– Roku did freeze up on me during the “download” process of initial setup. (Required a power cycle) after this I had to “re-link” the account a go through the channel download process again

– Download speeds compared to Apple TV (Wirelessly) are much slower. It was actually painfully slow

– Download speeds hard wired were fine. I would only set this device up hardwired.

Crackle Upside: free movie and TV content.  Higher HD quality than AppleTV and more connection options

Crackle Downside: Poor video quality. “All channel” audio output. It’s kind of like free Netflix streaming. Movies are old and video quality is poor.

My opinion, it’s a wannabe AppleTV that I would not waste my money on unless there was some sort of content I absolutely had to have. Crackle is cool, but it appears to be Standard Definition, and once you go HD, there’s no turning back!

AppleTV is my choice between the two.

Full detailed comparison chart of the AppleTV compared to Roku below:

How A Small Home Audio System Can Make Such a Big Difference

Home Theater Audio Visual by Bethesda Systems – A Testimonial

NFL Football in surround sound. Movie theater quality surround sound from a home theater system. It was that simple…that’s what our customer, John Leary in Chevy Chase, MD wanted to add to his home theater experience.

We had a tight budget to work with but knew we could find just the solution John was looking for. John’s existing audio system was fairly advanced; after doing a quick survey of his environment, we determined that with just a few configuration changes and minimal component enhancements that we could really make his sound system sing. We started by adding some “audio color” to his Integra DTR 40.2 receiver by adding an REL T-5 Sub-woofer to bring out the lower Hz frequencies that have become more prevalent in blue-ray formatted DVD’s. The power of the REL-5 also allows the room to become “Audio Pressurized” so every crash, explosion and thump is not only heard, but distinctly felt. This is also enhances to some of those lagging lower bit-rate MP3’s that are constantly streaming across most web-based audio transmissions. YouTube, Pandora Radio, Slacker and other popular media outlets typically run higher end audio/video transmissions but other sources like news channels, corporate webcasts or smaller video venues typically run varying bit rate transmissions.  This poorly encoded media transmission will then produce an increasingly weaker sound output over a system that has been poorly configured, but the REL-5 fixes that.

As a point of reference, the chart below covers typical bitrates and their outlets:

As a point of reference, the chart below covers typical bitrates and their outlets:

Sound Quality Table

To meet John’s need, after adding the REL T-5 Sub-woofer, we complimented the low frequency response gain / per Hz with some hi-output, mid range PSB Imagine Bookshelf Speakers.  We then took the complexity of our configuration and made it simple to operate with the Sonos controller that we set up for his Family room and Outdoor zones.  The result — an audio experience that is unmatched. Read below:

Andy,
Great to hear from you!
There is not a single night that I sit down to watch TV that I am not struck by how incredible the experience is compared to what I had previously. Liz and I watched two football games on Sunday and it’s really like being there.
When we both have a minute, I will bring my iPad home and we can play with the music system.
I am telling everyone I know about the system!
Stay in touch.
John

Next up on our list for John: Setting up his iPad to control some devices. Similar to what we did with the IC realtime Camera system set-up and configuration.

Successful Home Theater Design

This DC interior designer shares some great tips and insight for building your own dedicated home theater.

Successful Home Theater Design
by Kathy Alexander of Alexander Interiors, LLC

You’ve been dreaming of your home theater and the day has come for you to take the leap. Sitting down with a professional theater designer is very exciting. I’m talking about a designer of the technical equipment who puts the perfect combination together: the projector, the speakers, the screen, the controls, etc. Once all the pieces and parts are selected, the technical designer sees the layout of the space and will map out the type of screen, which wall it will go on, the type of projector, the number of speakers and where they will be located, the number of subwoofers, whether or not you will have an acoustical wall system, and the number of theater chairs.

There are many questions to be answered: How important is it that there be no sound transmission outside the theater? Where will the equipment rack be located, which will be somewhat determined by whether or not you want it visible? Where will the projector be located, which, again, will be somewhat determined by whether or not you want it to be seen?

After all of that, don’t forget the equally important step of creating an interior design that matches your tastes, emotions and desires. The excitement created by a room full of cool equipment fades quickly when you  don’t feel comfortable in your own space. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do that make all the difference in the world.

Planning
The best time to consider the interior design of the theater is right after the equipment is chosen. When I plan a theater’s interior design, I will walk the space with the technical designer, who will point out the overall location of the screen, how many chairs, the number and location of the speakers and subwoofers. He or she will let me know if there is an acoustical wall system and whether it will be on all the walls, and perhaps the ceiling, too. By this point, the clients may have already been to the theater showroom and selected the chairs.

Now, it’s time to ensure the theater reflects the client’s preferences and predilections. As with the equipment design, the interior design must consider alternatives to various questions: Will this room be a dedicated theater, or will it be a multi-functional space? A multi-functional space sounds appealing, but it may be at the expense of the acoustics. So, the sound may not be as good as it would be in a dedicated space.

If the theater is on the lower level (i.e., the basement), then the challenge is to create a design that either incorporates expected but troublesome structural elements (e.g., ductwork, columns, beams, etc.) or modify them to minimize their impact on the functionality and beauty of the space. The height of the ceiling can quickly become a critical design element. If there is to be more than one row of chairs, will the ceiling height allow for a platform for the second row? Is the room large enough to accommodate everything the client wants? Will a ceiling-mounted projector leave enough vertical room to walk under it, or will the room be deep enough to permit the projector to be mounted behind the chairs? Any planned steps will have to be lit for safety.

Decor
What style theater do you want? Do you want a formal theater or a casual look? Do you want an Art Deco theater or do you want ultra modern? Do you want the space to be a particular theme? If the clients are not sure, then I interview them further and ask them to show me pictures of rooms that appeal to them. The pictures do not necessarily need to be of theaters but rooms in general. What colors do they like? What colors do they not like? Almost always, people can tell me what they don’t like and don’t want. That is important information in the overall design analysis.

If you are going for a certain look or theme, it is preferable to extend that look into the surrounding areas. If the theater is in the lower level, I always look at the home’s main floor to get an idea of the client’s personal tastes, preferences and lifestyle.

Windows
Generally, theaters are usually kept dark so the focus is on the movie. If there are windows then it is important that light doesn’t seep into the theater. Shades that fit inside a channel are a good idea for keeping the light out and being inconspicuous.

Lighting
Speaking of lighting, the artificial lighting is very important. Depending on the look of the theater, star lighting for the ceiling may be a good option. Everyone loves the sconces on the walls that provide the drama, the mood, the decoration, and also allows one to see inside the theater while watching a movie. Be careful to not have the finish of the sconces too shiny. You don’t want the distraction of a reflection from the shiny finish to take away from the movie. If you are going to use the room in ways other than as a theater, don’t forget about those times when you need brighter light for the space, and even brighter when the theater is being cleaned.

One of the items that I notice immediately when seeing pictures of home theaters is the sconces. Be careful about the placement and the size. You want the style of the sconces to enhance the look of the room and you don’t want light shining in your eyes. The mistake I see people make, whether professionals or not, is selecting sconces that are the wrong size. Sconces that are too small or too large are simply going to look bad. Another thing to be aware of is selecting sconces that are too deep and project too far into the room. You don’t want to be running into them as you are getting to your seat.

Theater Seating
Theater chairs have come a long way. You might think that you can put a couple of recliners in the room but it is not going to look or function as well as theater seating. The theater chairs can be a single chair, a loveseat, or a sofa that may be attached to each other to keep them in place. Many recliners have a single movement where the footrest comes up and the back goes down. This is not the most comfortable position for watching a movie. The motorized mechanism of the better theater chairs is the best because you can position your feet up and move the back independent from the footrest. You decide the perfect position to be in. The construction of the better chairs has an all wood frame with wood blocking for stability. This helps to keep the mechanism firmly in place. The better chairs have a seven-point mechanism whereas the lesser quality chairs have only a three-point mechanism. While there is much that can be said about chair construction, the basic difference is between wood frame vs. particle board or cardboard that are stapled together! I highly recommend that you invest in the best quality chairs you can afford. It will be a much better investment and they will last far longer and be far more comfortable. Leather or faux suede upholstery are the most practical for durability and easy clean up.

Whether you want a basic theater or something out of this world, keep in mind that you must build on each decision and ask yourself if each decision supports the look you have decided upon. If a decision does not support the look, then rethink it.

A home theater that is well designed and lovingly furnished will act as magnet in your life. It will attract the family for Friday night movies. It will attract friends for Sunday afternoon games. It will attract children to thrilling adventures and educational documentaries. It might even attract romance—let your imagination run wild. And, it will attract a deeper connection to all those about whom you care deeply.

© 2011 Kathy Alexander. All Rights Reserved

Kathy Alexander is Founder and Principal of Alexander Interiors, LLC, an interior design firm focusing on high-end residential design.

Kathy Alexander may be reached at 703/222-9100,
kalexander@alexanderinteriors.com  / www.alexanderinteriors.com

Product Spotlight: Access Networks

The Last Home Network You Will Ever Need
by Jonathan Stovall

Products that were only found inside our commercial installations are now rapidly making their way inside our homes! And as we connect an ever growing number of devices to the Internet, both wired and wireless, our networks bear the brunt of regulating this increased traffic. As we continue to service you each day, we are seeing first hand that many of yesterday’s home networks cannot reliably handle the increased data loads and wireless coverage on their own.

Just to give you an idea about how fast things are changing, until about a year ago, before everyone in the household owned an app-driven Smartphone, most of the home networks we created were designed to simply network our automation systems and our clients’ personal computers. Wireless devices rarely amounted to more than a single laptop or two, and the data load on the network was minimal.

Today, things are much different.  Just within the past year it seems everyone in the family now owns a smartphone utilizing Wi-Fi connectivity.  Even Mom ditched her flip phone! In addition, most households have at least one iPad.  Streaming content from the internet to a mobile device is commonplace, and in some instances, has replaced the cable & satellite converter boxes altogether.  And it’s not just teenagers using these products. We’ve added larger storage devices, network cameras, gaming systems & energy monitors.  We’ve also added services like Skype, Netflix, Hulu, Rhapsody, Pandora & Internet Radio.  Even Local AM/FM & Satellite Radio enters our home through our Internet connections rather than through the airwaves.  At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show we saw connected Refrigerators, Ovens, Coffee Makers, TV’s, countless new Media Servers, & dozens of new tablets.  Almost every piece of electronics gear we purchase today is designed to either speak to one another or to the ‘Cloud’.  These devices are constantly communicating—bogging down the pipeline more and more—and the common language is all spoken inside the home by way of our Local Area Networks (LAN’s).

So how do we proactively make our networks ‘smarter’?
First, we need to beef-up the ‘digital foundation’ — especially on the wireless side — and that begins with the hardware.  Today’s over-the-counter products, either supplied by our service providers like Verizon & Comcast, or those purchased at big-box-r-us, are unreliable, unmanageable and most of all unsupportable. And the same goes for the Apple branded networking products.  In the homes that require multiple access points (and that is every home larger than 2000 square feet), these every-day products are flat-out useless by themselves.  Having to reboot your network hardware every time things slow down is no longer an acceptable solution. Piggy-backing signal boosters, wireless bridges and power-over-electricity Ethernet adapters complicates things and also decreases reliability.  Bottom line: Home networks now need to resemble the enterprise grade systems that businesses have been relying on for years.  The products are no longer Netgear, D-Link and Linksys…they’re Cisco, Juniper & Ruckus.

So, after some extensive research into both the equipment and services that are available on the market, Bethesda Systems has selected a partner whose expertise is uniquely suited to assist us in delivering the reliable, repeatable experience our clients have come to expect from us: Access Networks

Founded in Los Angeles, California in 2003,  Access Networks specializes in working directly with custom integration companies to deliver their award winning Access Unity Network, an enterprise-grade unified networking platform specifically designed and engineered to meet the growing demands of today’s (and tomorrow’s) automated residence. Utilizing their many Cisco certifications and years of experience, Access Networks is already helping Bethesda Systems meet and exceed our clients expectations. “Today’s modern homes have become increasingly interconnected with the internet and we expect your client’s home is no different.” says Aaron Gutin, VP of Sales at Access Networks. “In fact, Access Networks believes that the IT infrastructure of our homes are, in fact, the Digital Foundation™ of today’s modern home. Just like your home’s physical foundation, the digital foundation of your home must be robust and strong enough to support the many devices which will depend on it.”  

Clearly, the last few years have demonstrated that our interdependency on the IT infrastructure of our homes is only going to grow and we here at Bethesda systems are committed to delivering our clients the absolute best solutions available on the market.

OK, I need a beefed-up network. What’s next?
Give us a call! We have scalable packages for both homes & businesses. Let us design a system for you that delivers the best in performance and reliability.

Case Study: Home Theater

(POTOMAC, MD) Here’s an occasion where a family was already in the process of building a dedicated home theater when they found Bethesda Systems. After extensive online research, recommendations from friends, and even some equipment purchases, their search for the perfect filmscreen lead them to us. Once they met with our skilled staff, and toured our showroom, they saw possibilities beyond their initial vision.

We reassessed their needs and while still using some of the equipment they already purchased, recommended new
components and ideas to complete the job. What we didn’t use of theirs, we were able to re-sell for them. After managing the entire construction and electrical requirements, we provided top-quality design solutions including acoustical treatments, a star ceiling, seating riser, and custom lighting systems. Equipment and components alone are only pieces to the puzzle. The overall design of the space is what will ultimately give you the full cinematic experience — and that’s exactly what our clients wanted.

CLIENT QUOTE: “Bethesda Systems delivered more than they promised. They exceeded our expectations in workmanship, expertise, quality and customer service, and it was amazing how accurate their rendering was to the final product.”

Technician QUOTE: “A job like this doesn’t happen without an extensive amount of coordination. The services we were able to provide extended far beyond selling and installing the A/V & Control Systems. We designed and built the entire room, our Electrical Division took care of all lighting and power needs. Our Client did not have to lift a finger or direct any of the many contractors. This room was delivered turnkey.”, Tim G., Project Manager

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Thoughts from CES 2011

by Jonathan Stovall

Instead of simply reporting on the coolest new gadgets — and believe me there were plenty — I’d rather share with you the new products that will soon be entertaining us, and the technologies that will make our lives a little easier in 2011.

Apple

Although Apple didn’t officially partake in the festivities again this year, their products had tremendous influence up and down every aisle inside each convention hall. It seemed everyone had an iPad with their own app running on it. (By the way, Apple is closing in on 10 Billion App Store downloads!) Before the show even began, Apple announced they would open the Mac App Store on January 6th, allowing Mac users to use apps in a similar manner that they do on their mobile devices. This means even as we look to CES for the latest innovations in the wider industry, the computer world will be looking to Apple to see its future.

Also this year, the non-Apple mobile device manufacturers were stepping all over themselves to become the first ‘iPad killers’. In my opinion, few improve on certain things the iPad can’t do but fall way short on delivering a pleasant and simple overall experience.  Tablets operating on the Android OS seem to be picking up the most steam and the best of those appears to be the XOOM (see below).

Motorola

I got a hold of the new XOOM tablet soon to be available through Verizon. XOOM offers a slightly larger screen than the iPad, and includes front and rear cameras, combining with Google’s own Google Talk video-calling software built in. That should be a step up from the third-party applications and services bundled by other vendors. Motorola said the XOOM tablet (available in February) will be the first to run Google’s slick new Android Honeycomb operating system.

Speaking of Android…

Smartphones continue to amaze me each year. While tablets of almost every size and shape dominated the media coverage, consumer-electronics makers also showed off the next generation of handsets. They will be smarter, faster, and more versatile than those in our pockets now. Motorola’s Atrix 4G phone, for example, has an Nvidia dual-core microchip—that’s more processing power than the laptop you owned four years ago—and can end the need to carry a separate computer by plugging it into a lightweight laptop with no processor of its own.

Many of you have been asking if Control4 will launch an Android app. All I can tell you is that it is still being worked on and we will hopefully see something by Summertime.

HDTV’s & 3D

2011 promises to be the year where we’ll finally see multiple manufacturers produce flat panel displays in the 65” – 72” range. So if you’re itching to get that large panel, we’ll have a few choices for you relatively soon.

For the large TV manufacturers, CES 2010 was all about 3D and this year it was no different. Toshiba and Sony showed prototypes of 3D televisions that dispense with the dorky glasses but oblige viewers to sit directly in front of the screen. It’s an early glimpse of a technology that the companies say is still several years away. It will be interesting to see which one makes it on the shelves first. Toshiba seemed confident that they will be ready by 2012. Before no glasses 3D is viable, it must allow for wider viewing angles and must also be affordable.

One of the problems with 3D is that there just still isn’t enough content. 3D Blu-Ray movies are becoming available, but at a snail’s pace. There is also some 3D content being supplied by cable and satellite TV providers but that’s slow going as well. If 3D is expected to grow, more content across all platforms needs to be accelerated.

Sony announced a new 3D camcorder. The most unusual characteristic of this double-lensed shooter is the touchscreen viewfinder that doesn’t require glasses for you to see its 3D effect. I laid my eyes, and fingers, on its remarkable 3.5-inch touchscreen and was impressed with its unencumbered view and depth. You’ll have to wait until April to pick up one of these bad boys, so get your $1,500 ready!

Green Technology

GE showed several products that will help bring us the power and potential of the smart grid. Residential wind and solar power generation products, electric vehicle chargers, and LED lighting to name a few. Folks across the country are using these products and several of our clients have shown interest as well. The LED light bulbs I saw are looking more and more like the softer lit incandescent products we all know and love, and by summertime they should be fully dimmable. Soon we’ll be replacing light bulbs with products that will last as long as a new TV!

Google TV

Despite the many poor reviews, I was still impressed with my first glimpse of Google TV. In particular, the Logitech Revue product. The interface basically allows you to watch what you want wherever it comes from – the Web or TV – on your HDTV. For $299 you get a small box and an intuitive wireless keyboard. We simply connect it to your TV by way of your CATV or Sat Box, along with an Internet connection. Add in a small camera and you now have your own personal video teleconferencing setup! We will have one on display here at our showroom. If we get it to work reliably enough we’ll be offering them with our systems soon enough.

Gaming

Gaming systems have always been popular with our Clients and now many manufacturers are concentrating on new products with Gestures & 3D. There are two gesturing products out there that are competing with the Nintendo Wii. They are the Microsoft Kinect and Sony Move. The Kinect targets the same demographic as the Wii while the Move is aimed at hardcore gamers. The PS3 remains the lone 3D gaming console and 3D gaming may develop slower than the suddenly crowded gesture-based market. It’s a major task to design and program a full-length 3D game.

One last thing about Gesturing technology: I believe this will be huge! Not only for the gaming industry, but also for automation systems in general. Soon there will be sensors built into not only electronic devices, but into the walls and ceilings of our homes, motor vehicles and businesses—designed to entertain and automate our lifestyles beyond what we can ever imagine.

These are exciting times for us and we look forward to sharing these new technologies with you every step of the way!

Energy Monitoring and Management Systems

Energy savings can only occur when you receive quality information about your consumption AND you are provided with practical, everyday applications and gear to do something about your usage. The first step is to implement an Energy Monitoring System. (FIG. 1-5) Energy happens to be one of the only things we buy that we don’t know the cost of until after we use it — and have no idea what we used it for. There are several monitoring systems on the market these days. Since you can’t manage what you don’t measure, we lean towards the systems that gather data at the circuit level rather than overall consumption. These systems let you know the cost to operate detailed areas inside your home over time.

Dimming Makes a Difference

For few of us, the information provided by these systems is enough to help curb consumption—knowing you just spent $85 over the last 30 days on your basement lighting makes you think twice when you reach the top of the steps, and you remember to shut off the lights. (FIG. 6) But for most of us, we need a little more help. So in addition to the Monitoring System, we provide networked devices and applications to help you control your various systems or just flat-out automate them for you.

The second step is having a simple and convenient way to control lighting, shades and climate settings. We do this using Smartphones, Website Applications, TV screens & Tablets. The ability to control from outside the home is also crucial. Automating these systems with sensors will maximize your use of daylight or turn your lights off when a room is not in use or even regulate indoor air quality to feel more comfortable while reducing the demands on your HVAC system. Lighting accounts for 20% of all electricity consumed in the U.S., and 50% of that is wasted with inefficient light sources or in unoccupied rooms. Additional savings can be realized by controlling the amount of wattage used by light bulbs. Furthermore, installing  dimming devices conserves electricity and also extends  the life of your light bulbs.
The Monitoring System will also point out ‘vampire’ power wasters — the devices that suck down power even when they are perceived to be turned off. Using cloud-based power controllers we can schedule conservation periods at the device level that will cut the power entirely and eliminate waste altogether.

In addition to lowering your electric bills, implementing an Energy Management System can also extend the life of your appliances. Continuous diagnostics helps avoid thousands of dollars in wasted energy and costly repairs by providing notice of hidden problems. Energy Management can help keep your family safe. Automated email and text alerts can notify you when appliances are left on, if circuits are nearing capacity, or if critical home equipment goes off.

Lastly, an integrated energy monitoring and management system that gives you clear feedback and automated control over various loads in the home qualifies for 2 LEED points.

 

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