SAN RAFAEL — Today’s homeowners have access to an innovation that previous generations could only dream of: smart technology. While still a fairly recent development, this cutting-edge technology has come into its own and is improving the lives of more and more homeowners every day. Here are some of the benefits it provides:

Smart technology simplifies life by allowing you to control your home’s various systems from a single remote console. Whether you need to turn off a light, turn down the TV or adjust the thermostat, it’s all right at your fingertips. Even better, you can incorporate this technology into your tablet or smartphone.

Energy savings
Smart technology can reduce your home’s energy bills through a variety of means. One goes back to convenience: since it’s easier to make adjustments, you’ll be more likely to make them. Also, if, for example, you forget to turn off your thermostat before leaving for work, you can do it remotely from your smartphone so it’s not wasting energy all day.

Another way smart technology saves energy is by intuitive calibration. Smart products like the Nest Learning Thermostat adapt to your daily rhythms and habits, which enables them to make adjustments to minimize energy usage.

Increased safety
Smart technology can also be applied to your home’s door locks and security system. This allows you to do things like remotely see who’s at the door, receive alerts in the event of a security breach and provide a “virtual spare key” for a visiting friend or your house cleaner.