COLLEGE STATION - The beginning of a new year means taking a look at new technology.
CES is one of the tech industry's biggest annual consumer electronics shows, and it all gets underway in Vegas Wednesday. One of this year's hottest themes is putting "smart technology" in your home.
For years, CES has had a major overarching theme, from tablets to TV's. This year, it seems there isn't one major thing sweeping the convention floors.
However, in recent years, they've been building up to the idea of a smart home, but we didn't have to travel all the way to Las Vegas to find one.
Local Coldwell Banker realtor Cherry Ruffino showed off a home that has a few features current and new homeowners might want to look into, starting with the Kevo Bluetooth deadbolt.
Ruffino said, "It can be opened with a fob, with your telephone, or you can actually use the app that is available to you. So if you have a repairman coming, you can open the door for them remotely from wherever you are."
When you get home, if you have the Nest Learning Thermostat, you won't have to worry about the temperature.
"When you're away, it will rise up or lower the temperature whatever the season may be. So it learns the way you live, which is scary sometimes, but it is energy efficient ," said Ruffino.
Plus, it's cost efficient. The Nest can save you an average of 10-12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills. In less than two years, it can pay for itself.
Speaking of energy, LED light bulbs make saving a no-brainer.
"They're really energy efficient, not to mention how long they last," added Ruffino.
But if you like your lights with a little more to offer, get one with a speaker like the Pulse Solo.
"You can buy the master and have as many as seven satellites throughout your home to give it surround sound. You can also dim the lights from your phone, and that's an energy saver, " explained Ruffino.
Another cool addition would be wall outlets that actually double as USB ports.
Ruffino made a 1980's home one fit for the future for just under $1,000.
There will be more home tech all this week at CES in Las Vegas.