Photo: JB Spector, Museum of Science and Industry
On the wall above the nightstand is a small touch screen that is part of the Smart Home's state-of-the-art home automation system. You can control music and entertainment systems as well as heating and cooling throughout the home from the touch screen or remotely from your cell phone or computer. Those are just some of the Smart Home's technological capabilities. "We have real-time energy monitoring, so we know how much the energy the house is consuming and using, how much solar [power] we are producing and how much wind we are producing because we have a wind turbine on the site as well," Rashford says.