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You have smoke detectors in your home to identify and prevent fires, but how are you preventing the more common disaster of water damage? There are many ways you can find a water leak in your home, but by the time you have noticed it, it is most likely too late. Water leaks can range in size and location in your home, and often cause damages varying from $2,000 – $10,000 in a short amount of time. These leaks can develop from washing machines, water heaters, toilets, sump pumps, kitchen appliances, sinks, showers, water supply lines, HVAC equipment, gutters, and downspouts just to name a few.

Trying to prevent these damages from occurring can be expensive and frustrating with the available solutions and their required monthly fees. There is no need for expensive specialized water detectors all throughout your home when all your protection needs can be satisfied with Tarts Sensors. With Tarts Sensors you can monitor different conditions within your home, and not overpay for solutions that aren’t going to meet your individual needs. Tarts Wireless Water Detectors are fully customizable with its simple API, and Arduino, Rasberry Pi, or BeagleBone Black to do anything you want. Seriously, the possibilities are endless.

By making your house smarter, not just in the ways you want it to be, but the ways you need it to be, you can finally take control of your home, and focus your time and money on the things important to you.

We’ve heard a lot of buzz about the internet of things, and how it is going to make our homes smarter. There are a lot of cool developments going on out there, with companies making everything from smart refrigerators to smart carpets (yes, smart carpets). Of course, these things are cool, but for now, they are more of a novelty than a necessity. Many people use this as an excuse to laugh at the Smart Home industry, saying things like “it’s an overpriced fad.” We wouldn’t blame you for thinking that, but it couldn’t be further than the truth.

Studies show that homeowners should expect to pay 1-4% of their home’s value annually on maintenance and repairs. If you have a $200,000 home, that is between $2,000 and $12,000 each year, and these prices are only rising! What if there was a way you could affordably make your own Smart Home that could actually make your life easier and save you money on repairs? Now that would be smart. Luckily, that’s where we come in.

MagPi magazine is a free resource created by the Raspberry Pi community, for the Raspberry Pi community. Visit their website to view the December edition.

MagPi - December 2014

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