Experts say smart home gadgetry serves the additional purpose of helping consumers monitor their energy use—saving money along the way—while addressing concerns about climate change. The UMich study showed a number of respondents concerned about the impact of energy consumption on air quality.
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"It's part of a greater awareness of climate change and using less energy for that reason," said Roy Johnson, CEO of EcoFactor, a smart technology company that provides software to utilities and companies such as Comcast – the parent company of CNBC. He said the trend was jump-started by the ubiquity of high-speed wireless connections, which work seamlessly with smart-home tech.
It lets most consumers monitor and control energy use, helping to lower bills that have spiked in the wake of a brutal winter. At a micro level, it helps reduce carbon emissions cited as the driver behind global warming.
"It's the same reason [households] deploy renewables and solar on their house," Johnson added.
For utilities, home energy savings may also place less strain on power grids during peak demand times and extreme weather. Johnson said some smart technology prototypes include a washing machine that wouldn't activate during peak hours—normally between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays—without a specific override.
Honeywell, which manufactures thermostats that automatically adjust temperatures, and Siemens, which manufactures a "smart grid" that utilizes solar panels to generate electricity, and feeding unused energy back into the utility grid, are just two of the names at the forefront of the smart home push.
The revolution is part of what EcoFactor's Johson calls "a behavioral approach" that uses data to prod the consumer to conserve.
"If you give people more information about their usage patterns, they are more inclined to take action," he said.
--By CNBC's Javier E. David