WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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50 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 tions. In addition, he says he installs several systems each year that exceed $500,000, and lots of systems that go for between $20,000 and $80,000. When you stand in the home theater room at Elite Media Solutions, it's hard not to be amazed. Using one app on an iPad, Gibson closes the shades, dims the lights, starts the movie, and turns up the surround sound speakers inside the wall. It is clear that these technologies could be very useful at a holiday party. The Smart Home "It shouldn't be hard or complicated," says Gibson, who says his system is just "one app talking to a central control system." Still, it's also important to remember that many individual smart home technology products, such as those that control thermo- stats, home security, and lighting, are now available at stores such as a Home Depot for a reasonable price. One of these products is a Nest thermostat, which costs about $250. It allows you to control and monitor your home's temperature using your smart phone, whether you are at home or the airport. A technology like Nest can be especially valuable during these winter months because it allows you to monitor your heating system and dramatically reduce costs. Designer Scott Bell, who is a partner at Sudbury-based Theo & Isabella Design Group, says people can realize savings of 20 percent on heating and cooling expenses using thermostat controlling devices. So who has these smart homes now? Right now, the most advanced whole-home technology is still pricey and, as such, is gen- erally available largely to the affluent market. However, that is rapidly changing as prices fall for automation systems as well as indi-

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