The Internet of Things aka IoT


For a homeowner the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a variety of devices or things embedded with technology – sensors, electronics, and software – that can interact with themselves and other devices usually through a WiFi connection. Think of it as a web of connected products in your home. For example, you can use smart systems in appliances for remote monitoring to turn on a dishwasher or clothes dryer at non-peak operating times when it’s the most energy efficient with wireless connectivity in a computer or cell phone.

Some of the devices developed for homeowners are on the market today and many more are in the works. To get you thinking about how technology can make your home more convenient and more efficient, consider some of these devices designed with the homeowner in mind.  High Tech Devices Secure a Home

Go to to find cost comparisons of hundreds of home improvement jobs to help you decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor.



Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.
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