NAPLES, Fla.- Diane Westphal is one of twelve homeowners in southwest Florida who can monitor her Naples home anytime.. anywhere.
"As a homeowner, the main thing I'm looking for is to know what's going on in my home when I'm not here," Westphal said.
A brand new technology called "E-Monitor" works much like the dashboard of a car. Homeowners can track energy efficiency, temperature, whether their doors are locked... and even turn lights on and off.
"It's a way for you to keep track of your home from anywhere," said installation technician David Montejunas.
The technology promises to help lower energy bills by as much as 25 percent.
Home monitoring is a trend that is sweeping across the country. Experts predict that it will be a $15 billion business by the year 2014.
Installing a system like e-monitor costs around $1500.
But even home-watch professionals admit.. being alerted as soon as an appliance isn't working properly is beneficial.. especially for seasonal residents.
"We're always afraid that when we leave and turn the key something is going to break so we're able to monitor that by knowing that 7-10 days out we won't have to worry as much because if it breaks in three days we get an email alert," said Bob Weiss, co-owner of Your Home Watch Professionals.
The installation takes about a half a day but once it's in the commands are almost instant. Using your cell phone you can change the temperature in your home and within 30 seconds your thermostat at home will adjust.