I suppose it would be easiest to just insert a picture: http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gytrdunkat/media/Share/sthing_zpsjcztgbzl.jpg.html
There are a few of the projects I like. At 6:30 am, the master bathroom lights slowly brighten to 100% by 7:00am. My wife likes that one. Also, in the middle of the night, if you sit up from bed, a hidden motion detector will notice (so the animals don’t falsely get noticed), and turn on the LED strip lighting under the bed and lighten the path to the bathroom. In addition, the bathroom lights turn on at 10% when you walk in, and shut off after no motion (2 minutes I think). You simply go back to bed and everything shuts back off.
In the downstairs bathroom, it detects when a cat walks in (most likely to use the cat box), and turns the light and fan on, light turns off after 5 minutes of no detection, and the fan stays on for 15 minutes to clear the air after those little dirty… nvr mind, not a cat fan.
Various other lighting changes depending on time/presense.
The most beneficial, I think, is the ecobee thermostat. We went from heating the house (with a 7 day thermostat) about 6 hours an evening at 68 degrees down to about 2 1/2 hours a night (from the time we get home to bed time). With the 7 day, it would be like 68 for a few hours in the morning, 62 during the day, 68 evening, 62 during sleep. Long story short, kids activities keep us away from the house during the week nights, so we aren’t home much. It turns the heat up when we get home, and at bed time, the heat turns back down to 62 degrees for sleeping. On top of this, depending on presense, if either me or my wife are working from home, it automatically stays in the heating “Home” position.
I’m a big stickler for lights being turned off, and anyone that has kids knows how much of a pain this can be. Now, we simply leave, everything shuts off, and I have zero stress. Add that my garage door will close (AssureLink, tied into ST) if I forget it, so no more of that feeling when your 10 miles from home and can’t remember if you closed it or not.
Future plans are irrigation for our garden this spring, and various other failsafes for the pool. It’s been a fun ride the last 6 mos or so!