A large number of Americans (72 percent) say they would like the ability to monitor their home when they are gone, and the majority are looking to use the technology for safety and security purposes, such as monitoring who is in the house and knowing when family members return home.

This is one of the findings from a nationwide survey of 1,000 Americans 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. 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.

“We’re still in the very early stage of wireless home control, and there is a growing desire for Americans to be able to monitor and control their home remotely,” said Mike Einstein, marketing chair for the Z-Wave Alliance. “The challenge is that consumers still feel that home automation is a faraway concept that is only affordable to the very wealthy. 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.”

Home automation is becoming more affordable and more of a standard. In some situations, customers may find the benefits overwhelming the costs.

“The biggest benefits for consumers are convenience and increased security,” Einstein said. “With Z-Wave, you can monitor an elderly relative living across the country, keep an eye on your vacation home during a storm, or simply make sure your young child returns home from school on time, all from your office PC or cell phone.”      EC