I remember the day I got my first smart phone. As the information technology folks explained the capabilities and integrated it with my computer, I realized I essentially would carry a portable computer in my pocket. I suddenly had access to voice navigation, photography and videography, and the entire internet at my fingertips. Oh, and I could still call and text people too.

Fast forward just a few short years, and smart devices can now fully integrate with many features in your home. With the marriage of a robust utility grid and what has become known as the Internet of Things, nearly any electric device in your home can be added to a home network and controlled at your command.

It feels very George Jetson-like to many, because we simply can’t wrap our heads around this type of technology. But it’s no longer just fun and games for the ultra tech-savvy or wealthy; home automation is becoming very commonplace. Many of today’s readily available applications relate to lighting, home security, home theater and entertainment, and thermostat regulation.

Whether you are building a new home or enhancing your existing space, home automation can be easily integrated when you have the right infrastructure in place. And we’re making sure you have everything you need to incorporate as much or as little as you want.

Several years ago we made a major investment in our electric distribution grid, incorporating a robust, two-way fiber communications system that would support the technology coming our way. Slowly but surely we’re leveraging that investment to deploy fiber internet to our membership. We’ve provided the backbone you need to take advantage of the many opportunities coming your way that will add previously unknown and unthinkable levels of comfort and convenience to your home experience.

Getting started with home automation can feel very intimidating, and we’ve created a great tool to help you better understand it before you dip your toe in the water. In designing our new headquarters, we incorporated a smart home into our lobby. It’s a fully functional home, allowing you to experience first-hand how easy it is to manage and control many of the appliances and features within your home. It’s like test driving a car; you want to get a feel for the experience and understand the features before you commit, and that’s just what we’ve created.

We invite you to come in any weekday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can peruse the space yourself, or get a detailed tour from one of our solutions agents. It’s just another way that we are delivering first-in-class innovations and solutions where others won’t.