We’re pleased to share that Infratech was featured in “High-Tech Outdoor Entertaining Tips,” a recent blog story by one of cable’s highest-rated networks, HGTV. The home improvement channel is distributed to over 99 million homes in America and is currently the nation’s fifth ranked cable network. HGTV’s affiliated magazine is the #7 best-selling monthly magazine, with a digital circulation of over 103,000 subscribers. The piece was written by digital lifestyle expert Carley Knobloch, who is also a contributor to NBC’s TODAY show and CNN.

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The best smart home innovations promise not only to make users’ lives easier, but to make their homes greener. At Infratech, our commitment to energy efficiency and eco-friendly heating led us to promote smart home integration early on. While this technology continues to evolve, a wide variety of companies are working to create homes that are better connected, where communication between devices occurs wirelessly, all controlled by the homeowner’s smart phone or tablet.

This week, a host of new innovations in smart home technology were unveiled when International CES, one of the world’s biggest consumer electronics shows, took over the Las Vegas Convention Center. Dozens of exhibitors at the forefront of the emerging smart home tech industry introduced new home automation products that give a fascinating glimpse into the very near future. Here’s a look at some of the most exciting smart products at CES.elgato_eve

When builder Drew Smith founded in 2001, he was one of the first to recognize the importance of sustainable, environmentally-conscious building practices. Over a decade later, Smith is at the forefront of the industry, serving as the Green Building Commissioner for the State of Florida, founding the Florida Green Building Coalition, and helping countless commercial and residential builders conform to the LEED standards for certification.

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This summer, Sunset magazine opened “the ultimate modern beach home,” a 4,500 square foot, four bedroom and 5 1/2 bathroom residence complete with drought-tolerant landscaping, “a no-mow lawn,” edible garden, swimming pool, and outdoor kitchen and living room. Sunset’s editors partnered with architects Tomaro Design Group, builders Mike Davis Custom Homes, and landscape designers Masterpeace Gardens to create the magazine’s first Los Angeles-area Idea House, which showcases sustainable building and architectural and design innovations.

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Step aside Nest, there’s a new smart thermostat in town.

We know a thing or two about heating things up, and when a new home climate system hits the market, it’s definitely something to talk about!

Back in 2011 the Nest Thermostat broke into the smart home arena and revolutionized indoor climate control. The savvy device learned its users’ habits and developed a more efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling solution. But smart home technology is only getting smarter. A short three years after the release of Nest, Honeywell not only caught up with the competition, but surpassed it with its own smart thermostat, the Lyric. Here’s three reasons why we’ve left the Nest and moved on to the best thermostat on the market, the Lyric.

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