In the future, you may never have to worry about forgetting to switch off the lights or locking the front door when you leave home.
You could soon be able to do all this and more from the comfort of your car or via your mobile phone, thanks to the Internet Home Alliance group.
This association of leading electronics and consumer companies have come together to produce a system that lets you control your home from wherever you are.
They are going to test out the technology, called Onstar at Home, in February at 100 homes in the Detroit area in the US.
"The key goal of this pilot is to understand which of the many features that we could offer to the public have value, so that one can consider how this is brought to market," explained Jim Devlin of Invensys, one of the companies involved in the project.
News source: BBC SCI-Tech News - Smart homes on trial