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Kimberly Baker

These Smart Home advancements seem, mostly, like "no brainers" to improve safety and quality of life. They can, however, be hacked. And they're all dependent upon item #2, a standby generator. The generator can indeed send messages regarding performance problems when it runs its automatic monthly tests while standard household electricity is working... But based on my research, if the electricity goes out and the generator fails, those of us who travel will still come home to the surprise of a flooded basement and a fridge full of spoiled food. For the time being, a house sitter is still a good idea.

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