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Want a smarter home? These 6 devices will help keep your home connected


Connected home technology has tremendous potential to make life easier and more convenient – and it’s getting smarter every day. From lighting that welcomes you home, to intelligent thermostats that we can control from our smartphones, to appliances that can tell us what to make for dinner…we’re just barely scratching the surface of what’s possible.

Our homes are about to get much smarter! A recent study commissioned by TELUS revealed that only 34 per cent of Canadians own a smart home device. That number is expected to double in two years; with two-thirds of Canadians predicting they’ll own at least one home automation solution, if not more. That means soon smart home devices will be as common as smartphones and tablets.

If you’re craving a smarter home and are ready to deck your place out with this tech today, we’ve got seven amazing connected home devices for you that can save you money and make your life easier:

Nest Thermostat: Nest ThermostatThe Nest Learning Thermostat automatically adapts as your life and the seasons change. After just one week of use, it will program itself based on your daily routine and know how to make your heating or cooling system more efficient, reducing your energy usage and saving you money on your energy bill.

Nest CamNest Cam: The Nest Cam will keep a safe watch on your home and family when you’re away. With24/7 live secure streaming, advanced Night Vision, and motion and sound alerts, this camera can be used as a baby or pet monitor and can keep an eye on your older kids when you’re not home.

Nest Protect:Nest Protect The Nest Protect is an industrial-grade smoke and carbon monoxide sensor that can send alerts to your smartphone when it smells trouble; letting you and everyone in your family know when something’s wrong in your home no matter where you are.

Philips Hue Lighting:Hue Lighting Discover peace of mind and a sense of security with this personal wireless lighting system. This innovative solution can welcome you home, turn your lights on when you’re away and if you forget to turn the lights off, you can save energy by remotely turning them off from your smartphone.

NCNH1044_Sonos Play:1Don’t forget about the beats! The Sonos Play:1 is a compact wireless speaker that delivers crystal clear sound to your home. With the use of the Sonos app, you can easily pick the perfect playlist from your smartphone, tablet or computer’s music library or your favourite streaming service.

flowerThe Parrot Flower System: The Parrot Flower Power system enables you to manage your plants’ needs, from watering to temperature to fertilizer reminders, right from your smartphone.

We know that many of you are buzzing about smart home technology, so are we! That’s why we recently opened two Connected Experience concept stores in Toronto’s Eaton Centre and Edmonton’s Southgate Centre. These new stores feature a lineup of more than 1,000 cool and innovative products, including a full section devoted to smart home technology (including the products mentioned above).

If you’re not near one of these two locations, you check out the full Nest collection at telus.com or keep an eye out at your local TELUS store, as we’re adding our smart home portfolio to an additional 50 retail locations across the country this year. Happy Connecting!

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