The thermostat in Colleen Lunden’s Uplandcondominium knows to turn itself on at 4:45 a.m. to warm up the house for her husband, Chris, an early riser, then to power down until she’s ready to get up at a more reasonable hour.

Later in the day, Lunden’s office computer shows her a live feed from security cameras in the condo so she can check in on her two dogs. After work, an application on her smartphone lets her turns on the lights at home before she walks in the door.

The Lundens’ home is a lot “smarter” since the couple signed on for a home automation package from Time Warner Cable last fall, and Colleen Lunden is hooked. “I’m finding that I really, really enjoy it a lot more than I thought I would,” she said.

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Article originally published by The Press-Enterprise.