I had never looked into automating my home until the sales rep for Vivint Security asked if we wanted to try it. I was a little skeptical—after all, we’ve been doing fine for decades turning on our lights and thermostat manually. But wow, we really use those features! The “Z-wave” system lets us turn lights on and off and adjust the temperature when we’re not home, and because we use it regularly, we’ve already seen savings on our power bill. We’d never used the time programming on our thermostat because we both work jobs with irregular hours, so we left the heat on all the time (or air conditioning in summer). Now when either of us is heading home, we can adjust the thermostat using the phone, and the house is comfortable when we get home.