A new breed of smart homes are popping up in this country that are equipped with high-tech technology to make them more energy efficient... and cool.
The Home of the Future
The housing market is still in a lull, but at least one sector seems to have a bright future: smart homes. In the next few years, homeowners in the United States and abroad are expected to latch on to new technologies that make their houses more energy efficient. According to one estimate, the market for these houses, also known as smart homes, is expected to grow by more than 15% between now and 2014 into a $13 billion industry. Already, some Americans are beginning to make their homes more wired and green. The Wall Street Journal reports some homeowners are greening up their residences with solar panels, energy efficient appliances and more in an effort to up the value of their houses. Others are making these improvements because they can cut down their energy costs by as much as 50%. We decided to take a look at a few of the most high tech homes in this country that indicate what green homes may look like in the not too distant future. Photo Credit: edgygrrrl