All of this has made it very clear to me some kind of automation system would not only be a fun project, it would be a worthy investment in terms of both reducing bills and increased peace-of-mind. However, a Google search for "home automation apartment" yielded nothing promising. This seems to be a niche area that isn't covered by the home automation / DIY market. Which makes it interesting.
My ideas for this project involve completely non-invasive methods of monitoring and/or controlling the following key (to me) areas:
- Non-fixtured lighting (i.e. - anything I plugged into an outlet, not wired into the building's electric).
- Room/apartment intruder detection
- Security monitoring / activation