Survey: Most Americans Want to Monitor Their Home While Away


A large majority of Americans say they would like the ability to monitor their residence when they are away, according to results of a new survey.

The nationwide survey of 1,000 Americans was conducted by the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of companies dedicated to establishing Z-Wave as the standard in wireless home control, in collaboration with Kelton Research.

According to the survey results, seven out of 10 respondents say they would like to use wireless technology for safety and security purposes, such as monitoring who is in the house and knowing when their children arrive home safely from school.

The survey findings point to growing consumer demand for wireless home control applications such as remote home monitoring to reduce energy consumption, increase safety and generally enhance comfort and convenience, says Mike Einstein, marketing director for the Z-Wave Alliance.

“The challenge is that consumers still feel that home automation is a far-away concept that is only affordable to the very wealthy,” he says. “The mass consumer is not interested in automating their home in the way we have traditionally viewed it. They are interested in solving real problems, in bite-sized pieces. Consumers are now able to do this thanks to technologies such as Z-Wave.”

Other results announced from the survey:

  • Nearly two out of five Americans find themselves wondering if they’ve left an appliance on or a door unlocked at least some of the time
  • More than half of all Americans would be able to relax on vacation if they were able to control things like their lights, home alarm system or appliances from anywhere in the world
  • Nearly half of all Americans would prefer to know more about who is in their home when they are not
  • More than 1.5 million adult Americans worry that they are not as efficient as humanly possible when it comes to conserving energy by turning off lights, heat, air conditioning and other appliances
  • Parents are more than four times as likely to want the ability to remotely see if their children came home from school than to be able to remotely control their home security system

The survey of 1,000 adults, age 18 and older, was conducted between Aug. 7-15 via nationwide random digit dialing of both listed and unlisted numbers. The survey results have a variation of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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